Network Bulletin No.: 05-04
Date: January 28, 2005
Index term: Network Library Award launches
NLS is pleased to launch the new Network Library of the Year Award. The first award, which will
recognize a network library for special achievement in 2004, will be awarded June 1, 2005.
Beginning February 1, 2005, network libraries may submit nominations for the 2004 NLS/BPH
Network Library of the Year Award. The time frame is as follows:
February 1 - March 15, 2005 Nominations Open
March 16 - May 1, 2005 Review of Nominations
June 1, 2005 Award Presentation Ceremony at the
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Eligibility: The award recipient must be an NLS network library.
Purpose of award: The award recognizes and commends excellence, innovation, and special
achievements by an NLS regional or subregional library in providing library service to blind and
physically handicapped individuals in a calendar year.
Description of award: The award will consist of $1,000, a plaque, and a certificate for the network
library and a copy of the plaque and certificate for the administering agency. Personalized certificates
for appropriate staff and volunteers may also be provided, as appropriate. A separate plaque
recognizing each year's recipients will be displayed at NLS.
Place of presentation: The award will be presented at a luncheon at the Library of Congress in
Washington, D.C. This special event for the network library and its administering agency will be
covered in NLS News, Library of Congress publications, and in a national news release. Travel to the
ceremony for a representative of the network library and administering agency will be provided. The
ceremony will be recorded both for audio presentation and as a descriptive video for placement on the
winning library's web site.
Selection criteria: Selection for the award will be based on the following:
1. Mission support the extent to which the library reached or exceeded
the Revised Standards
and Guidelines for Service.
2 Creativity and innovation in 2004 service such as developing new patron services or
marketing existing services in an exceptional manner.
3. Patron satisfaction the extent to which the library met the needs of
its patrons during the year.
Nomination process: Libraries must be nominated by staff or management of a network library, or its
administering agency, or patron.
Submissions must explain how the nomination meets the appropriate criteria. They should cite specific
examples and provide any supporting statistics only for the specific year. They must not exceed one
page (250 words) for each criterion. Up to three supporting documents, such as newspaper articles,
reports, statistics, and other commendations, may be included.
Deadlines: Download the web nomination form from www.loc.gov/nls/network docs/nominations
2005.doc as directed. Send the nomination form with copies of supporting documents to ensure arrival
at NLS by the deadline. All nominations must be postmarked or faxed no later than March 15, 2005.
Send all nominations by expedited delivery service (FedEx or UPS) to the National Library Service for
the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH), Library of Congress, 1291 Taylor Street NW,
Washington, DC 20542-4960 or fax them to (202) 707-1690. (Do not send by the U.S. Postal Service.)
If a nominator does not receive confirmation of the submitted nomination by April 1, please contact
Carolyn Sung at (202) 707-9300.
Selection process: The nominations will be reviewed by an NLS awards committee consisting of
seven members: the chair, the chief of the NLS Network Division, who will be a nonvoting member;
one representative from each of the three consumer groups (American Council for the Blind, Blinded
Veterans Association, and the National Federation of the Blind); two representatives from public
libraries (to be selected by the chair); and one representative from the World Blind Union-North
American Caribbean Region.
The NLS awards committee will receive and screen nominations and submit a list of finalists to the
NLS director and the four network regional conference chairs who will then make the final selection.
Questions regarding the award or the process described above should be directed to the individual
For more information contact:
Carolyn H. Sung
Chief, Network Division
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