[Libs-Or] Call for nominations: OLA Awards!
olaawards at olaweb.org
Thu Jan 14 17:40:23 PST 2021
Yes, it’s time to nominate your colleagues for OLA Honors & Awards!
Who has done an outstanding job or taken on a project or been responsible
for a success in our libraries this year? Tell us about those talented,
dedicated individuals whose commitment to excellent library service has
made a difference. The OLA Honors & Awards Committee wants to know who
those individuals (or groups) are and we want you to tell us!
Nominations may come from all types of libraries and from all kinds of
librarians, staff and supporters.
Nominations are open for the following awards:
Oregon Librarian of the Year
Library Employee of the Year
OLA Distinguished Service Award
Oregon Library Supporter of the Year
OLA EDI Anti-Racism Recognition Award (New award!)
Nomination letters (with no more than six letters of support) are due
Friday, March 19, 2021
These awards will be presented to recipients virtually, and their
pre-recorded acceptance and remarks will be shown at the 2021 OLA Virtual
Conference on Friday, April 23, at 2pm.
Here’s the details on each award:
Oregon Librarian of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon librarian who
has been working in an Oregon Library for at least two years in a paid
professional position. The nominee must demonstrate excellence in library
service in his or her community and to Oregon libraries. The nominee must
be a member of OLA.
Oregon Library Employee of the Year may be awarded to any Oregon library
staff member who has worked in an Oregon library for at least two years as
a paid staff member and demonstrated excellence in library service in his
or her community.
Oregon Library Association Distinguished Service Award may be awarded to
any Oregon librarian or library staff member, who has been in the
profession for 15 or more years, has worked in Oregon libraries for at
least ten years, and is currently a member of OLA, for exceptional service
over a period of years.
Oregon Library Supporter of the Year may be awarded to any volunteer,
volunteer group, library Friend, board member, government official, or
other individual who is not a paid library staff member and who has
demonstrated excellence in supporting and promoting Oregon libraries.
OLA EDI Anti-Racism Recognition Award (New award!) may be awarded to any
Oregon Library or library employee with an outstanding commitment to
anti-racism. Nominee must show a proven track record of creating antiracist
change in their library or library system in at least in one of the areas
Contribute to the success of an initiative that empowers oppressed
minorities and disadvantaged individuals.
Help destroy systematic/structural racism in their library or library
Inspire and encourage Anti-Racism culture at their libraries,
presenting, implementing or revamping EDI processes, procedures, terms,
conditions and code of conduct to better reflect anti-racism principles.
Advocate, participate in outreach and community work dedicated to
oppressed minorities and disadvantaged individuals.
Creates a pipeline for BIPOC to become library staff.
If you need more info, read the awards guidelines and let me know if you
have questions. Take a look at
Your letter (e-mail) of nomination should include the following
information, if pertinent, and be as informational as possible:
* Name, contact information, current position for nominee
* Award for which you are nominating the person or group
* Description of why your nominee should be selected for an OLA Award
* OLA activities: committee appointments, etc.
* Past positions held and summary of major accomplishments (for
Distinguished Service Award)
* Your name and how you can be reached if the committee has questions
Please send nominating letters and supporting letters by Friday, March 19,
Elsa Loftis, HAS Chair
e-mail: olaawards at olaweb.org
E-mail or call me at 503-725-5780 if you have any questions. We will be
looking forward to your nominations.
Elsa Loftis, Portland State University, Chair
Leah Griffith, Newberg Public Library, Retired, Past-Chair
Esther Moberg, Seaside Public Library
Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library
Karen Muller, Hillsboro Public Library
Susan Stone, Portland Public Schools
Portland State University, Millar Library 503-725-5780
OLA Awards Committee
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