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Unsung Hero Award
This award celebrates those people behind the scenes who give unselfishly to their libraries or library community. It is meant to honor those persons who don't receive recognition or thanks because their work is unseen or goes unnoticed. These are people from areas that might not otherwise be recognized, such as library support staff, news agents, community members, etc. Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Description of the individual's contribution to a library service or event
  • Impact of the hero’s efforts on library service
  • Reason why he/she deserve the spotlight
  • The uniqueness of his/her contributions
  • Any other relevant data (such as special circumstances, challenges, etc.)

Membership in CAL is not required for the Unsung Hero Award.

 

Colorado Librarian of the Year
This award recognizes exceptional achievement during the past year by any librarian within the state of Colorado. Nominations will be evaluated and based on the following criteria:

 

  • Improvement of library service in Colorado
  • Superior customer service and evidence of how the librarian has reached library patrons, students, or other clients
  • Development of innovative approaches to library and information issues
  • Contribution to the development of the library profession through participation in the association, contributions to literature, teaching and/or other related activities

 

Library Advocate Award
To recognize and honor an individual who, or a group, business, or organization that, has made a far reaching, sustained contribution to the promotion and/or support of library and information services to the state of Colorado. Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

 

  • Promotion of library services through any means of dissemination and information
  • Promotion of development of a sustained legislative approach to improving the ability of libraries to provide for expanded user services
  • Significant influence on attitudes of public or private officials who are in a position to support the improvement of library and information services
  • Promotion or development of a program resulting in sustained increase in voluntary support for library and information activities
  • Creation of original work, regardless of the medium used, which substantially contributes to the improvement of attitudes toward or perceptions of library and information services

Membership in CAL is not required for the Library Advocate Award.

Library Community Partnership Award
To encourage collaboration and community partnerships, this award recognizes achievements in planning and implementing collaborative library programs or services between Colorado libraries, or between a Colorado library and a businesses, organization, group or individual. Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • A description of the collaborative efforts
  • Evidence of sound fiscal management
  • The innovative nature of the collaboration/partnership
  • The impact of the collaboration/partnership on library services

Membership in CAL is not required for the Library Community Partnership Award.

 

Library Project of the Year
This award recognizes a creative and innovative project which furthers library service within the state of Colorado. Any project within a library or multiple libraries is eligible, including technology projects, library redesigns, programs for diverse or underserved populations, public relations, special reading programs, etc. Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

 

  • A description of the innovative nature of the project
  • Overall breadth, vision, creativity, and uniqueness of the project
  • Evidence that the project significantly improved library services for a targeted community
  • Successful completion of the project within the previous 18 months of the award deadline

 

Colorado Library of the Year
This award honors exceptional accomplishments by a Colorado library or library district during the past year. Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

 

  • Demonstration of noteworthy customer service
  • Community outreach and programming that results in significant increases in circulation, library visits, and/or library card registrations
  • Creative and effective partnerships with teachers, faculty, or others working within the same institution
  • Innovative ideas and contributions that enhance the library experience
  • Significant leadership in support of Colorado libraries
  • Creative use of resources (staff, money, community contacts, supplies, volunteers, etc.) which allows the library to provide excellent service

 

Career Achievement Award
To acknowledge a Colorado librarian who has demonstrated continuous commitment and dedication to the library profession. Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

 

  • Significant contributions to librarianship within Colorado, as well as nationally and internationally If retired, membership in CAL is not required.
  • Evidence that the nominee supports and upholds the principles of librarianship
  • Impact of the nominee’s career on other library employees and/or library users

This award may be given to someone currently employed or recently retired. If retired, membership in CAL is not required.

 

Outstanding Library Volunteer
To recognize a volunteer currently serving in a Colorado library who has provided exemplary service over several years. Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

 

  • Length of service
  • Impact of the volunteer’s efforts on staff and library users
  • The uniqueness of his/her contributions
  • Any other relevant data (such as special circumstances, challenges, etc.)

Membership in CAL is not required for the Outstanding Library Volunteer Award.

 

Jean Maio Award for Excellence in Adult Literacy

To recognize excellence in literacy programming by a Colorado academic, special, public or school library, or a library in collaboration with another agency, during the past year (June of the previous year through May of the current year). Priority is given to a program that serves the economically disadvantaged in a setting where families work on literacy needs. The winner of the award will receive a $500 donation from the Maio family.

 

Outstanding Library Trustee Award

The Outstanding Library Trustee Award recognizes exemplary service by a library trustee who has served their library and their community with distinction as a member of a library board. This award is open to any library board member who is currently serving or has served during the two years prior to nomination.
CAL membership is not required.

 

**NEW** Excellence in Youth Services

The award celebrates the importance of offering quality library services to children and teens by recognizing an individual, group, library, or organization who directly or indirectly serves patrons ages birth to 18 in a way that goes beyond offering basic, traditional library services.

Nominations will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Description of the nominee’s outstanding contribution(s) to library service to children and/or teens
  • Lasting impact of the nominee’s efforts on the children and/or teens served
  • The uniqueness of nominee’s contribution(s)
  • Any other relevant data (such as special circumstances, challenges, etc)

Membership in CAL is not required for the Excellence in Youth Services Award.

Committee Awards

Lucy Schweers Award for Excellence in Paralibrarianship

To recognize a paralibrarian who displays outstanding leadership and service through the Colorado Association of Libraries and the CAL Paralibrarian Division, as well as excellence in the library, information or media field within the State of Colorado. A nominee for the Lucy Schweers Award should meet many of these requirements:
  • Either is or was a Colorado paralibrarian for at least six months of the year before the call for award nominations
  • Has never received the Lucy Schweers Award before
  • Directly or indirectly serves patrons and communities in a way that goes beyond basic requirements of his or her job
  • Makes, enables or manages positive changes which benefit Colorado libraries and paralibrarians
  • Consistently leads and inspires other paralibrarians

The Paralibrarian Award Committee chooses this award winner.

Julie J. Boucher Award for Intellectual Freedom
To recognize a resident or organization of Colorado who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of intellectual freedom in the State of Colorado. The nomination should outline contributions which demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles, the nature, the responsibilities and implications of the First Amendment.

 

The CAL Intellectual Freedom Committee chooses the award winner. For additional information, please contact: Leonardo Arellano, CAL Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair, arellano.leonardo26@gmail.com

Legislative Award
To recognize any legislator(s) or legislative committee for exemplary work benefiting libraries in the State of Colorado.

 

The CAL Legislative Committee chooses the award winner. For additional information, please contact: Dave Sanger, CAL Legislative Committee Chair at dsanger401@aol.com

 

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