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Friday, March 6, 2015

First Annual RA Service Award

We had our bi-monthly Adult Reading Round Table Steering Committee meeting yesterday and one of the items on the agenda was the brand new Illinois Library Association award we are sponsoring. Click here for the full details on the award, but the basics are also posted below.

If you know an individual or a library who is doing superior RA work in Illinois, please consider nominating them for this award.  ARRT will be given the nominations after the May 15th deadline to chose the winner.

We are so proud and excited to finally be recognizing Readers' Advisory independently from Reference Service.  The ILA Reference Services Forum worked with us to craft this award, and were instrumental in helping it get approved. Please consider submitting a nomination.  We would love to reward people who are doing innovative and exciting things to engage and serve their leisure readers. We are putting our money where our mouth is too-- it's a $200 cash award to help the winner continue their work.

Below is the basic info, but click through for everything if you have someone in mind to nominate.

Readers’ Advisory Service Award
Presented by ILA Reference Services Forum and the Adult Reading Round Table
This award recognizes excellence in the planning, development and delivery of readers’ advisory service to adults and teens and has been created in accordance with the mission statement of the Adult Reading Round Table: “to promote readers’ advisory skills and reading for pleasure through libraries.” Readers’ advisory is the ability to connect readers with materials that will satisfy their desire for something to read for pleasure.
The award is offered annually to individual ILA members, ILA member libraries and departments or groups within ILA member institutions. Nominees do not have to be a member of the Reference Services Forum. Applications should be submitted to the ILA awards committee. The recipient will be selected by a subcommittee of the ARRT Steering Committee and Reference Services Forum. The Adult Reading Round Table is committed to promoting the award and soliciting nominations.
Nominees must demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Development of specialized or innovative programs or services;
  • Active participation in professional organizations (at the local, state, or national level), including the planning and presentation of programs and/or workshops designed to enhance the quality of readers’ advisory service;
  • Influence and/or cooperation with persons and organizations within the local community to encourage reading and discussion;
  • Publication of books and/or articles that promote high quality readers’ advisory service and offer methods for strengthening readers’ advisory skills;
  • Participation in research projects that contribute to the knowledge and expertise of readers’ advisory practitioners.
Recipient will receive a certificate and a $200 financial award.
Nomination Deadline
May 15

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