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Now accepting nominations for the Distinguished Achievement in Access Services Award

Do you know someone  who deserves special recognition for their work and dedication in Access Services?  


In what might be the first award of its kind, the Access Services Conference and Generation Fifth will be presenting the Distinguished Achievement in Access Services Award to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to our field.  


Criteria for the “Distinguished Achievement in Access Services Award”


The Distinguished Achievement in Access Services Award is an annual award with Generation Fifth generously agreeing to sponsor the award for the first three years. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement, contributions, and commitment to the field of Access Services.  The recipient will receive an award of $500, a citation, and registration to the Annual Access Services Conference (held November 12-14, 2014 at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga.).


The candidate must be employed in a library and serve in one of the fields of Access Services (circulation, reserves, collection maintenance, interlibrary loan/resource sharing, or other related areas) but is not required to be a professional librarian.  All levels of staff will be considered based on the following areas of achievement:


  1. Demonstration of sustained, outstanding, and recognized service or leadership in the field of Access Services on the regional or national level.

  2. Planning and implementing an exceptional library program or service which has served as a model for others.

  3. Significant publication(s), presentation(s) or technical innovation considered noteworthy  for its contribution to Access Services.


Deadline for nominations is August 8, 2014.  Self-nominations will be accepted.


Letters of nomination should include:

  1. Nominee’s full name, work address, telephone number, and  email address

  2. Background on the nominee’s career in libraries

  3. Description of the contributions to Access Services and special accomplishments achieved by the nominee which demonstrate the three evaluation criteria

  4. For self-nominations, a supporting letter from a colleague would also be required


Nomination letters and questions can be submitted to David McCaslin, Distinguished Achievement in Access Services Award Chair at [email protected] or contacted at 626-395-6412.

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