January 7, 2011

American Psychological Association Seeks Applicants for 5th Annual APA Excellence in Librarianship Award

The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to psychology and behavioral sciences librarianship

WASHINGTON – The American Psychological Association is seeking nominations for the 2011 APA Excellence in Librarianship Award, to be presented at the Educational & Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Research Forum at the June 2011 American Library Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

This Award was created to recognize an outstanding contribution to psychology and behavioral sciences librarianship within the past 5 years, and consists of a $2,500 check and an inscribed plaque. The 2010 award was presented to Mr. Brian Quinn, MLIS. For over 15 years, Mr. Quinn has been a leader within his library, campus, local community, and within the library community. Currently, he serves as the Coordinator of Collection Development and Social Sciences Librarian at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, where his colleagues recognize him as a self-motivated “servant-scholar” who takes a proactive approach to professional library services.

The APA Excellence in Librarianship Award is open to both librarians and allied professionals with at least 5 years of professional experience. It recognizes a contribution to psychology and behavioral sciences librarianship including instructions, project development, publications, research, or service.

Examples include:

  • Development and implementation of new curricula or instructional programs
  • Innovative teaching methods
  • Outstanding research contributions
  • Demonstrated service in an organization that supports research
  • Development of a collection, access tool, or innovative reference
  • Publications such as books, journal articles, websites, or multimedia products

Nominations are now being accepted, and should include the following:

  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Nomination statement (self-nomination; describe the contribution and its significance within and outside of your institution)
  • Examples of work (photocopies, CDs, URL links, etc.)
  • Letters of support (no more than 3; at least one letter from a dean or organizational leader outside the immediate work area)

The application deadline is April 11, 2011. All materials should be submitted by e-mail.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 152,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.