Achievement Awards

The ASCLA awards and scholarships program recognizes outstanding achievement by members of the library profession.

These awards honor librarians and libraries for significant current or past achievements such as publications, program development, and leadership in the profession. Awards may include a citation and a cash award, and may be made to individuals or groups. Depending on the terms of the award, recipients need not necessarily be members of ASCLA.

All ASCLA awards must conform to the guidelines contained in the Awards Manual of the American Library Association.

Award nominations will be accepted between December and early March of each year. Nomination material coming soon. For questions, please contact the awards committee chair, Brian Greene at [email protected]

Formerly the ASCLA Service Award, this citation is presented to an ASCLA personal member for outstanding service and leadership to the division. The award recognizes sustained leadership and exceptional service through participation in activities which have enhanced the stature, reputation, and overall strength of ASCLA; and representation of ASCLA to other appropriate organizations, institutions, or governmental agencies.

  • 2017   William “Will” R. Reed, Manager, Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, Cleveland Public Library
  • 2016   Christopher J. Corrigan, Digital Reference Librarian, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress
  • 2015   Carol Ann Desch, coordinator of Statewide Library Service, New York State Library
  • 2014   No award presented
  • 2013   Ruth Nussbaum, retired National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), reference librarian
  • 2012   Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, associate state librarian, New Jersey State Library
  • 2011   Elizabeth Ann Ridler, neighborhood library supervisor at the Brooklyn Public Library ( view video)
  • 2010   Jerry Krois
  • 2008   Barbara Will, Library Programs Consultant, California State Library, 1987-2006
  • 2006   Rhea Rubin, Rubin Consulting
  • 2005   Marilyn Irwin, director, Center for Disability Information and Referral, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and associate professor, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Indianapolis
  • 2004   Sara Laughlin, consultant, Sara Laughlin & Associates, Bloomington, IN
  • 2003   Ellen Perlow, manager of Information Services, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman’s University, Denton
  • 2002   Stephen Prine, head of network services, National Library Services for the blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • 2001   Frederick “Fred” Duda, editor of ASCLA’s Interface newsletter
  • 1999   Barbara T. Mates, regional librarian, Cleveland Public Library, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

About the Scholarship

An annual scholarship of $2,500 that funds services or accommodation for a library school student(s) with disabilities admitted to an ALA-accredited library school. The scholarship will fund services or accommodations that are either not provided by law or otherwise by the university that will enable the student or students to successfully complete the course of study for a Master’s in Library Science and become a library or information studies professional. Formerly administered by ASCLA. The Century Scholarship is currently being administered by the ALA HRDR office.

How to Apply

More information about this and other ALA scholarships is available at www.ala.org/scholarships.
You can access the online application and apply for this scholarship at this page, too. The application period opens in October of each year and closes on March 1. Questions about the application process should be directed to the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL, 60611, at [email protected] or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4279.

Century Scholarship applicants must provide medical documentation of their disability or disabilities, services, or accommodations and/or services the applicant would need for their studies, demonstrate the need for financial assistance and be citizens of the United States or Canada. Documentation should identify the applicant’s disability and how it affects his or her ability to complete a course of study. Any additional supporting documents are welcome. Documentation is only used to determine eligibility for the scholarship, and will remain confidential.

All documentation must be received by the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse by March 1 and should be sent to ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, ATTN: ALA Century Scholarship, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.

Support the Scholarship

The initial funding for the scholarship was made by an anonymous donor. Since its inception in 2000, numerous other donors have provided funding. Donations to the Century Scholarship may be sent to 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611, ATTN: ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse.

You can also contribute online by clicking on “giveALA” at the top right of the page.

See all ALA Century Scholarship Recipients

A citation presented to recognize exceptional service to patients, to the homebound, to people of all ages who live in group homes or residences, and to inmates, as well as to recognize professional leadership, effective interpretation of programs, pioneering activity, and significant research or experimental projects.

Recipients

  • 2017   No award presented
  • 2016   Marshes of Glynn Libraries
  • 2015   Mary Morgan, librarian to the Kentucky Department of Corrections Luther Luckett Correctional Facility
  • 2014   Mary Beth Riedner, volunteer at the Gail Borden Public Library District
  • 2013   Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen
  • 2012   Kathleen Hegarty, Boston Public Library (retired)
  • 2011   Hennepin County (Minn.) Library Outreach Services ( view video)
  • 2010   Barbara T. Mates
  • 2007   Diana Reese, institutional library services coordinator, Colorado State Library, Salida
  • 2006   The Johnson County Library, Outreach Services Department (Kansas)
  • 2005   The Queens Library (NY)
  • 2004   The Miami-Dade Public Library System
  • 2002   Michael Gunde, bureau chief, Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services, Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services
  • 2001   Linda Lucas Walling, professor with the College of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • 1999   Rangashri Kishore, librarian at the UNICEF in New Delhi

A citation and a medal presented to a person or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of library service for people with physical disabilities and/or physical impairments. This contribution may take the form of an imaginative and constructive program in a particular library; a recognized contribution to the national library program for blind persons; creative participation in library associations or organizations that advance reading for the blind; a significant publication or writing in the field; imaginative contribution to library administration, reference, circulation, selection, acquisitions, or technical services; or any activity of recognized importance. Visit the website for the Royal National College for the Blind to read more about Francis Joseph Campbell, for whom this award is named.

Recipients

  • 2017   No award presented
  • 2016   Stephan Prine, Assistant Chief, Network Division, Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress
  • 2015   Adam Stephen Szczepaniak, Jr., director and associate state librarian, New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center.
  • 2014   Chris Mundy, Quality Assurance Specialist, Multistate Center East, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress.
  • 2013   Jill Lewis, former director, Maryland State Library for the Blind and People with Physical Disabilities
  • 2012   Carole Rose, Indiana Talking Book and Braille Library (retired)
  • 2011   Jamal Mazrui, deputy director, Accessibility and Innovation Initiative, Federal Communications Commission ( view video)
  • 2010   Daniel W. Boyd, former director of the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library
  • 2009   Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
  • 2007   Sue O. Murdock, former manager of the Library for the Blind and People with Physical Disabilities, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • 2006   Axel Schmetzke, Ph.D., professor, reference librarian, coordinator of instruction, and head of the Instructional Materials Center, University Library, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  • 2005   Judith M. Dixon, consumer relations officer, and Wells B. Kormann, chief, Materials Development Division, of the National Library Service for the Blind and People with Physical Disabilities (NLS), Library of Congress
  • 2004   The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) Library, Toronto
  • 2003   James R. Fruchterman, president, The Benetech Initiative, Palo Alto, CA
  • 2002   Julie Klauber, librarian, Talking Books Plus, Outreach Services, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
  • 2001   Barbara Mates, head of the Library for the Blind and People with Physical Disabilities at the Cleveland Public Library
  • 2000   Dr. Norman R. Coombs, adjunct professor, St. John Fisher College (Rochester)
  • 1999   Donald John Weber, chief of the Florida Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services, Division of Blind Services

A $1,000 award and certificate for a library organization that has provided services for people with disabilities. The award recognizes an innovative and well-organized project which successfully developed or expanded services for people with disabilities. The award can be for a specific service(s) program or for a library that has made their total services more accessible through changing physical and/or attitudinal barriers. Original funding for this award was provided by Aetna U. S. Healthcare beginning in 2000 through the National Organization on Disability. Keystone Systems assumed sponsorship of the award in 2004.

Recipients

  • 2017   No award presented
  • 2016   Kate DeVoe & Kelly Doolittle
  • 2015   New Port Richey (Florida) Public Library / Red Apple Training Center Adult Reading Program.
  • 2014   Greenville County Library System (S.C.)
  • 2013   No award presented
  • 2012   Port Washington (N.Y.) Public Library for its “Books for Dessert” Program, and the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library and the Boston Public Library Digital Access Project
  • 2011   Queens Library Mail-A-Book Program with interactive programming for the homebound ( view video)
  • 2010   Resource Library of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) for its project Disability Etiquette Infusion Units: Changing Attitudinal Barriers at University of Wyoming
  • 2009   Margaret Kolaya, director, Scotch Plains Public Library (NJ) and Daniel Weiss, director, Fanwood Memorial Library (NJ) for Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected
  • 2008   Antioch Public Library, Antioch, CA for Wednesday Club
  • 2007   The Braille Institute of Library Services, Los Angeles, for its Telephone Reader Program
  • 2006   The Skokie Public Library, Youth Services Department, partnered with the Niles Township District of Special Education, for itsYouth Services Special Needs Advisory Council
  • 2005   Johnson County Library, Shawnee Mission (KS) for its Literature for the Learning Disabled Adult program
  • 2004   The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, University of Toledo
  • 2003   The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, NC, for The Virtual Village Communication Center
  • 2002   The Dunellen Public Library, Dunellen, NJ for Our Doors Are Open: Making the Disabled Welcome
  • 2001   The Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH
  • 1999   The Disabilities Resources Incorporated, Bellport, NY

In 2008, the ASCLA Leadership and the ASCLA Professional Achievement Awards were combined into one award – the ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award. The first combined ASCLA Leadership & Professional Achievement Award was presented in 2009. This prestigious award is presented to one or more ASCLA members (personal or organizational) exemplifying leadership and achievement in one or more of the following areas: consulting, library cooperation, networking, statewide services and programs and state library development.

Recipients

  • 2017 Dr. Elizabeth Curry, Dean, University of North Florida Thomas G. Carpenter Library
  • 2016 Cal Shepard, State Librarian, State Library of North Carolina
  • 2015 Cheryl O O’Conner, Coordinator of Statewide Library Service, New Jersey State Library
  • 2014 No award presented
  • 2013 No award presented
  • 2012 Laura Sherbo, branch library services program manager, Washington State Library
  • 2011 Diane Walden, correctional libraries senior consultant for the Colorado State Library
    (view video)
  • 2008 Connie Paul, executive director, Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, Freehold, NJ
    Plinkit Collaborative (State Library of Colorado; State Library of Oregon; State Library of Texas, Regional Illinois Library)
  • 2007 Lee A. Logan, director of Consulting and Continuing Education, and Kitty Pope, executive director of the Alliance Library System, in East Peoria, IL
    Thomas J. Sanville, executive director, OhioLINK, Columbus, OH
  • 2006 Keith Curry Lance, director, Library Research Services, Colorado State Library; affiliated professor, Library and Information Science Program, University of Denver; and independent consultant
    Tom W. Sloan, executive director, Southeast Florida Information Network (SEFLIN)
  • 2005 The Library Development Bureau of the New Jersey State Library, Trenton, NJ
  • 2004 Valerie Wilford, consultant, former executive director of the Alliance Library System, Pekin, IL
    Amy Owens, former state librarian of Utah
  • 2003 Karen Hyman, executive director, South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, Gibbsboro, NJ
    Barratt Wilkins, state librarian emeritus of the Florida State Library
  • 2002 Stephen Prine, head of network services, National Library Services for the blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress
  • 2001 Charles “Ray” Ewick, director of the Indiana State Library
  • 1999 Jan Beck Ison , executive director, Lincoln Trail Libraries System
    Bridget L. Lamont, director of Policy Development, Illinois Governor’s Office