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(via ACRL)

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

Award Background

GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO provides funding for an Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Program to recognize an outstanding community college, college, and university library each year. This award is to recognize the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. GOBI’s gift of $12,000 provides a $3,000 gift to each of the three winning libraries and $3,000 to support travel by an ACRL officer to the three award ceremonies.

More Information

For guidelines, check our Guidelines page.

For answers to frequently-asked questions, refer to our FAQ page.

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(via Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Illinois Wesleyan University)

Posting on behalf of APA – please direct questions to

There’s still time to get your application package together for the August 2 deadline!

Do you work in an academic or health sciences library in the United States? Are you an early- or mid-career librarian? Are you looking for sources of funding for a conference you’d like to attend this spring?

If the answer to all of those questions is yes, please consider applying for an APA Librarian Conference Travel Award! APA is accepting applications for conferences taking place from September until December 2018. This includes – but is not limited to – the Charleston Conference, the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, EDUCAUSE, Internet Librarian International, the Library Marketing & Communications Conference, and the Library Assessment Conference!

The award is intended to help defray conference-related expenses for librarians with less than 15 years of experience after receiving their MLS/MLIS. Three cash awards are distributed three times each calendar year, and the application cycle opens and closes on a rolling basis. At this time, we are not limiting the conferences that are eligible for travel award funding. Applicants should identify the conference that best meets their professional needs, and explain how attendance will support their current duties and future goals.

Please see our website ( for more details on eligibility, deadlines, and application materials. Applicants should note that the essay is the heart of the application, and should be used to make a compelling case for attending the conference selected. The essay should describe what the applicant expects to learn, and how this knowledge will impact the work the applicant does with, or on behalf of, students, faculty, and other constituents.

Questions about the APA Librarian Conference Travel Award should be directed to Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with colleagues and friends who may be eligible!

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(via Miles Dietz-Castel, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois has been awarded the Professional Development Award through the GMR office.  The award goes towards supporting three separate classes at their annual conference:

*   Building Partnerships with Faculty, Clinicians, and Other Stakeholders
*   Data Management in the Wild: Why It Matters and What You Can Do About It
*   Managing Your Online Scholarly Identity

The HSLI 2018 Conference<> will be held this fall, September 26-28 in Rockford, Illinois.

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(via Sarah Scheib, University of Iowa)

Do you know someone who is an amazing teaching librarian?  If yes, consider nominating them as a Featured Teaching Librarian!   If you’re an amazing teaching librarian, consider nominating yourself.

The ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee wants to highlight excellent teaching librarians.  Several times during the year, the committee selects and interviews a librarian who demonstrates a passion for teaching, innovation, and student learning.  This feature provides a way to showcase amazing teaching librarians on the ACRL Instruction Section website and share their best teaching practices with others in the field.  Consider nominating yourself or someone you think is amazing!

Nominations are due by Friday, September 7. If you have questions, please contact Sara Scheib, Chair of the ACRL Instruction Section’s Teaching Methods Committee.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) announces Emily Johnson, Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries as the 2018 Crosman Memorial Award winner. The Crosman Award is named in memory of Alex Crosman, director of the Peoria Public Library at the time of his death in 1986. The award recognizes the achievements of the library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession. Other awards honor those who have accomplished a great deal over a long period of time; this award is to honor someone who has accomplished a great deal in a short time.

Emily Johnson has been working at the UIC Libraries since 2013 and demonstrated her leadership skills when she served as Interim Head of the Library of Health Sciences in Peoria from May 2015 to January 2016. Both at the UIC Libraries of Health Science and in her previous position at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Ms. Johnson has taken the lead in building relationships with faculty in order to improve access to library resources while also developing innovative, curricular design programs, such as the NExT Target Outreach Project. Ms. Johnson has volunteered or been appointed to professional leadership positions at the state, regional, and national levels. Her enthusiasm and commitment to users, colleagues, and health sciences librarianship continues to be recognized by professional colleagues outside UIC, opening the door to increasing levels of engagement throughout the profession. Ms. Johnson has contributed to and furthered the knowledge base of the profession, publishing on topics of audience response systems, mobile point-of-care tools, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Crosman Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, October 9, during the 2018 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria. The luncheon starts at 12:00 PM.

For further information, contact the Illinois Library Association. Congratulations, Emily!

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

Dr. Rob Morrison, Dean of Library and Learning Support at National Louis University, is the 2018 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Forum, recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The award is sponsored by Library Juice Academy.

As described by his nominators, Dr. Morrison “truly is the epitome of excellence in, and service to, the profession.” He was a member of the ILA Executive Board from 2014-2017 and acted as the Board’s liaison to IACRL. He also served as a mentor for new directors in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) and as a member of the CARLI Program Planning Committee. At the national level, he has served on numerous American Library Association and Association of College and Research Libraries committees. In addition to his professional service and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Morrison has maintained an active agenda of teaching and scholarship with a focus on adult learners and distance education. Over the course of his career, he has taught courses online and in person, at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Most recently, he developed and taught a course on academic governance and leadership for National Louis University’s doctoral program in higher education leadership.

The Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, October 9, during the 2018 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Peoria. The luncheon starts at 12:00 PM.

For further information, contact the Illinois Library Association.

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(via the Association of College and Research Libraries)

The Association of College and Research Libraries is pleased to announce a new round of the Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships. The ACRL Board of Directors has allocated $10,000 in fiscal year 2019 to offer travel scholarships of up to $2,000 each for librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

ACRL invites practicing librarians and information professionals to apply for funding to present their work at higher education conferences or disciplinary conferences where they will reach audiences outside the library field. The presentations may be based on practice-based work or formal research projects. Two rounds of applications will be reviewed in the coming year. The first are due August 31, 2018. The second round of applications will be due February 15, 2019.

Complete details on the Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships, including how to apply, are available on the ACRL website.

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(via the iSchool, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The iSchool at Illinois seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 5, 2018.

Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.

The Downs Award was established in 1969 by the iSchool’s faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Robert B. Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the School. Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO Publishing Company, provides an honorarium to the Downs Award recipient and co-hosts the reception held in honor of the recipient. The reception and award ceremony for the 2018 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award will take place in January 2019 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Letters of nomination and documentation about the nominee should be sent by October 5, to Associate Professor Terry Weech, either by e-mail at with a copy to, or in paper form to:

Associate Professor Terry Weech
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 East Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Please e-mail any questions to Associate Professor Terry Weech. To see the full announcement, including a list of some of the past winners, please go to

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinios at Chicago)

The 2018 ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking interns for the conference, which will be held in Peoria, October 9-11. Conference interns will complete four hours of work at the registration desk, as assigned prior to the conference, and in accordance with the conditions and benefits of the Conference Internship Program outlined below.

• Applicants must be students (full or part time) in a Library/Information Science program or 2018 graduates.
• Students may be in a graduate program or working towards LTA certification.
• Applicants must be able to attend the conference, October 9-11, 2018.
• Completed applications must be received no later than August 17, 2018.

Benefits of the Conference Internship Program:
• Waived full-conference registration
• Recognition at the conference
• An opportunity to network with colleagues, develop professional contacts, and experience the conference in a unique way

Apply Today!

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

These grants are available to academic libraries! See below that Harper Community College is part of one of them.
RAILS has awarded three multitype collaborative grants<>, which encourage member libraries of different types to work together on collaborative projects. Awardees are:

*    Eureka Public Library District and Congerville-Goodfield-Eureka CUSD 140 will work together to provide “Book Bundles” for public library patrons and elementary school classrooms to encourage young readers.
*   Lisle Library District and Ann Reid Early Childhood Center are teaming up on “Families Together: Reading Enrichment for Social/Emotional Learning.” This project is designed to build social and emotional learning for both children and adults in an English language learning (ELL) setting.
*   Prospect Heights Public Library District and Harper Community College will collaborate on a “Coding with Scratch” technology program designed to offer technology courses on coding and programming skills for children aged 5-12.

RAILS plans to expand our collaborative grants in FY2019 to include the possibility of working with additional partners in addition to libraries. Stay tuned for further details coming soon.

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