Award to a New Hampshire librarian or support staff member to recognize exceptional contributions to library services. The award is intended to honor an individual who is currently working at an academic, public, corporate, correctional, or other library or information center and who has been instrumental in improving library services for adults.
Examples of Service (nomination may include other forms of service):
Providing or improving technical services, outreach services, support services, facilities, or library education to an underserved area or population
Providing access to information not previously available
Providing service beyond own institution (i.e. impact or benefit to other libraries, benefit to local community, model for other libraries of similar size)
Overcoming limitations of resources (staff, time, funds)
Promoting library services through exemplary performance that is recognized by the public served
Delivering improved library and information services through creative application of technology
Improving public understanding of library and information services
Creating original work (regardless of the medium used) which contributes to the improvement of library and information services
Criteria for Recipient:
- Currently employed in a New Hampshire library
- Nominee may be a librarian or library support staff member
- Nominee may work in an academic, public, hospital, correctional, corporate or other special library or information center setting
- Nomination shall describe nominee’s professional performance as a NH library employee
Current READS Board members are not eligible.
The completed nomination form must be submitted by Thursday, June 30, 2023.
The READS Award Selection Committee shall review the candidates and select a winner prior to the READS annual fall program. Announcement shall be made at that program.
Individuals may only receive the award once.
Number of Grants
Only one award shall be presented annually. No award shall be given if applicants do not meet the award criteria.
Estimated Size of Grant
The recipient shall receive a free NHLA/READS membership for the following year. If the recipient is already a member, READS will pay for a membership renewal.