Organization Manual: Awards Committee

The immediate Past President chairs the Awards Committee. Iowa ACRL has registered 6 awards with ILA:

  • ILA Annual Conference Scholarship Award, known commonly as ILA/ACRL Fall Conference Award – (annually)
  • ILA/ACRL Public Relations and Marketing Grant – (biannually in odd-numbered years)
  • ILA/ACRL Research Award – (biannually in even-numbered years)
  • ILA/ACRL Special Awards – (special)
  • ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Scholarship Award, known commonly as the Mary Iber Conference Scholarship – (annually)

The Awards Committee chair, in consultation with the President and/or the Executive Board, decides upon the size of the scholarships, the number to be awarded, and the requirements for eligibility. Detailed information about these awards can be found at http://www.iowalibraryassociation.org/images/subdivisions/ACRL/2013_02_ILA_ACRL_Awards_ONLY.pdf

Schedule of Activities

November/December
Attend the transitional ILA/ACRL Executive Board planning meeting. Plan publicity and reports of the awards.

Executive Board meetings may be called during the year. Plan to attend and assume responsibility as appropriate.

Review the timeline for following awards:

  • ILA/ACRL Research Award – award given prior to the Spring Conference date (i.e., even-numbered years)
  • ILA/ACRL Mary Iber Spring Conference Scholarship – award given at least 2 weeks prior to the Spring Conference date
  • ILA/ACRL Public Relations and Marketing Grant –  award given prior to the Spring Conference date (i.e., odd-numbered years)
  • ILA/ACRL Fall Conference – award given at least 2 weeks prior to ILA Fall Conference

January/February
Correspond with members of the Awards Committee acknowledging their appointments and outlining the work that will be done, necessary timelines, and their expected contributions. 

Decide upon methods to solicit applications and to select the winners. Draft application form if necessary (forms are currently available via GoogleDocs and the Iowa ACRL website). Draft publicity, which might include letters of announcement for posting at the library schools, individual mail to new librarians, and posting to appropriate listservs, newsletters such as the ILA Catalyst, and the blog/website.

March/April/May
In consultation with the Committee, select Mary Iber Spring Scholarship recipient(s) according to the plan that was developed. Contact recipient(s) to tell them of the award. If recipients have not yet registered, contact conference registration contact to waive registration fee.

In consultation with the Committee, select Research Award (even-numbered years) or the PR/Marketing Grant (i.e., odd-numbered years) recipient according to the plan that was developed. Contact recipient(s) to tell them of the award. 

Arrange for a committee member to be the award recipient’s conference buddy.  Introduce recipient(s) at Spring Conference. Ask recipient(s) of the Mary Iber Spring Conference Scholarship to submit report to the Electronic Communication Committee Chair for the blog. If necessary, collect registration, travel, lodging, and/or food receipts for from recipient(s) and send to President along with proper reimbursement form for reimbursement.

Summer
If scholarship is to be awarded for Fall ILA Conference, follow similar procedures to those outlined in above. Submit article to Catalyst by deadline to publicize the Fall Conference Scholarship.

September
Select recipient(s) of the ILA Fall Conference awards in consultation with the Committee as was done for the Spring Conference.

October
Arrange for a committee member to be the award recipient’s conference buddy.  Encourage award recipient(s) to attend ILA/ACRL Business Meeting so that they can be introduced. Make the introduction. Ask recipients of the Fall Conference Scholarship to submit a short piece for the blog.In anticipation of the Research Award (even-numbered years) or the PR/Marketing Grant (i.e., odd-numbered years), begin publicity f at the business meeting held at the ILA Conference as well as the website. 

November/December
Write letters of appreciation to Committee members, prepare an annual report and send to President, and update these Organization Manual pages. Attend the Annual ILA Planning Session and discuss and prepare a budget request sufficient to cover the intended scholarships for the year.

In anticipation of the Research Award (even-numbered years) or the PR/Marketing Grant (i.e., odd-numbered years), begin publicity via the listserv.   

Pass activity information to the incoming Chair, archival records for the year to the outgoing Secretary/Treasurer, and Organization Manual revisions to the incoming Vice-President/President-Elect.

Special Information

  1. The scholarships represent an investment that has been made to introduce students and new librarians to the state professional organization. Follow-up with encouragement to join and become active members of ILA, ILA/ACRL, ALA, and ALA/ACRL would be appropriate. Personal contact such as a phone or e-mail message is suggested.
  2. In 1998 the Scholarship Committee was renamed the Awards Committee as part of the 1998 ILA/ACRL bylaws amendments.
  3. In 2014, the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Scholarship was renamed the Mary Hammond Iber ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Scholarship.

The Awards Committee Chair

2024 Laurie Neuerburg, University of Iowa
2023 Amandajean Nolte, University of Northern Iowa
2022 Mary Anderson, Loras College
2021 Elizabeth Riordan, University of Iowa
2020 Julia Salting, St. Ambrose University
2019 Jennifer Sterling, William Penn University
2018 Elizabeth McMahon, Central College
2017 Sara Scheib, University of Iowa
2016 Anne Marie Gruber, University of Northern Iowa
2015 Dan Chibnall, Grand View University
2014 Amy Paulus, University of Iowa
2013 Rebecca Funke, Des Moines Area Community College
2012 Ryan Gjerde, Luther College
2011 Mary Iber, Cornell College
2010 Brett Cloyd, University of Iowa
2009 Mary Heinzman, St. Ambrose University
2008 Jean Donham, Cornell College/Wartburg College
2007 Rebecca Stuhr, Grinnell College
2006 Kathy Parsons, Iowa State University
2005 Ellen Neuhaus, University of Northern Iowa
2004 John Pollitz, St. Ambrose University
2003 Rachel Crowley, Morningside College
2002 Jane Campagna, Scott Community College
2001 Ed Goedeken, Iowa State University
2000 Chris Neuhaus, University of Northern Iowa
1999 Mary Beveridge, Drake University

The Scholarship Committee Chair

1998 Mary McInroy, University of Iowa
1997 Robert Rose, University of Northern Iowa
1996 Leo Clougherty, University of Iowa (Past President Tina Herb, Kirkwood, resigned from the Executive Board)
1995 Leo Clougherty, University of Iowa
1994 Catherine Rod, Grinnell College
1993 Jill Miller, Kirkwood Community College
1992 Phil Van De Voorde, Iowa State University
1991 Jane Kemp, Luther College
1990 Patrick Wilkinson, University of Northern Iowa
1989 Marilyn Moody, Iowa State University
1988 Dorothy Persson, University of Iowa
1987 Elizabeth Kaschins, Luther College
1986 Patricia Foley, University of Iowa
1985 Patricia Foley, University of Iowa
1984 Patricia Foley, University of Iowa
1983 Corinne Potter, St. Ambrose College

Update these instructions for next year’s committee.