ACRL's Awards program will be on hold for the 2021-2022 award season, during which time nominations will not be accepted or juried and no recipients will be chosen for any ACRL awards.
The ULS Award Committee's charge is to solicit, collect, and review applications for the ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award and to select the most qualified individual for the annual award in accordance with the criteria.
The Award Committee is chaired by the ULS vice-chair and usually has five members. See the current committee roster.
The Award Committee on ALA Connect: Post and find agendas, minutes, and committee happenings.
Please note that you will need to sign in to ALA Connect using your regular ALA web site username and password to access ACRL ULS committee content.
The chair of the committee (who is also vice-chair of ULS) is responsible for these tasks:
Other potential roles for committee members include the following:
ACRL Program Coordinator Chase Ollis can answer any questions you have about the award process and provide you with official ACRL documentation about section awards. Be sure to follow the timeline and process outlined in the documentation.
Meetings can be virtual or in person at ALA Midwinter and Annual. Much of the work happens around ALA Midwinter as the committee scores applications and selects a winner, so an in-person meeting at ALA Midwinter is useful. It’s also useful for some committee members to attend ALA Annual to help in physically picking up the award plaque and check, attending lunch with the award winner, presenting the award (if needed), and/or attending the ULS Social to toast the award winner.
The ULS chair and sponsor generally present the award at ALA Annual at the beginning of the ULS Program. Treating the award winner to lunch is another nice thing to do (and can be coordinated with the Conference Program Planning Committee if they are treating speakers to a lunch).
At the start of your term:
Meet virtually with the committee before the end of August since award applications are due in early December each year and promotion starts well beforehand. Have a minimum of four meetings per year:
The committees uses this online form to submit requests for promotion of committee and discussion group activities.