ISLMA/Upstart Award

Deadline for Application:
Applications must be submitted between May 1 and September 15 electronically to by 11:59 PM on September 15th.

The purpose of this award is to recognize annually a school library media center’s achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative event or service which has made a measurable positive impact on its users.  The award encourages innovation by asking applicants to highlight the way the library used all of its resources (which may include staff, administration, faculty, volunteers, and the community) to make this a successful event or service.  This award is not meant to recognize an overall library program but a specific event or service that adds to the success of the overall library program.  The event may be a one-time, one-day occurrence, or it may take an extended time to complete.

1. The librarian/media specialist from the nominated school library media center should be a current ISLMA member.
2. School library media centers of any size in Illinois are eligible for the award.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Fill out both sections of the nomination and application form.

  2. A school library media center can be nominated by the ISLMA Awards Committee, by some other external nominator, or be self-nominated.

  3. Keeping in mind the above rationale, write and submit a letter of no more than two pages which will address the following questions:

a. How was the library/media center's event or service planned and implemented?

b. What measurable success among the library media center's users was achieved in terms of usage, program attendance, or greater effectiveness as a direct result of this specific event or service?

c. How has the school library media center marshaled its resources for this event or service in particular to have a positive effect on its users?

Selection Process:
The recipient will be selected by the ISLMA Awards Committee. If a suitable recipient is not found, the award will not be given that year.

A $1000.00 award and a plaque will be given by a representative of Upstart at the ISLMA Fall Conference. The recipient of the award will be asked by ISLMA to write a follow-up letter to Upstart indicating how the cash award was used to enhance the library/media center program. A copy shall be forwarded to the ISLMA Board.

Application Form

List of Past ISLMA/Upstart Award Winners

Date Modified: 9/1/16

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