Friday, January 18, 2008

LJ's Paraprofessional of the Year Nominations

Are you an outstanding library paraprofessional/support staff
individual? Perhaps you might want to send your supervisor or director a copy of this message to submit your name/information for the Library Journal Paraprofessional of the Year award. The deadline has been extended until January 23, 2008 so why not either submit a colleague or ask someone to nominate you for this prestigious award. The following are the guidelines or criteria for this award with instructions on how to file a nomination:

Paraprofessional of the Year Nomination Guidelines

Extended Deadline: January 23, 2008

Library Journal will honor one support staffer with its ninth annual Paraprofessional of the Year award in its March 1, 2008, issue. Sponsored by Brodart Library Supplies & Furnishings, which underwrites the $1500 cash prize and a reception to honor the winner at the American
Library Association conference in June, the award recognizes the essential role of paraprofessionals, now the largest constituency of library workers, in providing excellent library service. It places special emphasis on the efforts of the winner to further the role of
paraprofessionals in the library profession. The winner will be profiled in the March 1 issue of LJ.

Nominating criteria
The criteria for LJ's Paraprofessional of the Year are excellence in performing their job, including contribution(s) enabling the library to best serve its constituents and/or its community (whether town, college/university, school, or corporation), the encouragement of reading and the use of the library's resources, a commitment to free access to information for all, and the candidate's work to build networks, organizations, and/or groups to back excellence in library work and new career paths for support staff, and improved communication and the breaking down of barriers between support staff and the MLS librarians with whom they work.

Nominating letters should name the candidate and describe in 500 words or less why the nominee deserves the award. Supporting letters and accompanying material will be considered, but the nominating letter itself will be of prime importance.

Nominations may be e-mailed to

Nominations sent through regular mail should be addressed to:
Ann Kim
c/o Library Journal
360 Park Avenue South.
New York, NY 10010.

Please note: the postmark deadline for all nominations is Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

Sue Knoche
Past President, ALA/LSSIRT
LJ Paraprofessional of the Year 2003