January 9, 2012

American Psychological Association Seeks Applicants for 6th Annual APA Excellence in Librarianship Award

This Award was created to recognize an outstanding contribution to psychology and behavioral sciences librarianship within the past 5 years

WASHINGTON—The American Psychological Association is seeking nominations for the 2012 APA Excellence in Librarianship Award, to be presented at the Educational & Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Research Forum at the June 2012 American Library Association Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA.

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 2011 award was presented to Dr. David Baker. In 1999, Dr. Baker became Director of the Archives of the History of American Psychology where his leadership and focus on education paved the way for the Archives to double the size of its repository and his outreach and fundraising efforts lead to the establishment of the Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron, which houses the world’s largest collection of primary source historical materials related to the development of psychology in the United States and has since been made an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute.

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: 

Nomination statement (describe the contribution and its significance within and outside of the institution); a current curriculum vitae; and optional supporting documentation may be included with nomination (digital copies or URLs leading to online documentation) 

Letters of support (no more than three; at least one letter from a direct beneficiary of the services provided by the nominee is strongly encouraged) 

Contact information for the nominee

The application deadline is April 16, 2012. All materials should be submitted electronically via email.


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 154,000 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