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Network Bulletin  No.:   08-02

Date:       January 18, 2008

Subject:    2007 Award Nominations           
Index term:  Network Library Awards

NLS is calling for nominations for the 2007 Network Library of the Year Award in two
categories: regional library and subregional library.

PURPOSE OF AWARD:  The awards commend excellence, innovation, and special achievement
in providing library service to blind and physically handicapped individuals in a calendar year.

ELIGIBILITY:  Only NLS network regional and subregional libraries may be nominated for
the awards.

SCHEDULE:
--    February 11 March 13, 2008:  Nominations accepted      
--    March 17 April 25, 2008:  Nominations reviewed         
--    June 11, 2008:  Award ceremony at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.  

AWARDS:  Each award includes $1,000, a plaque, and a certificate for the network library, and a
copy of the plaque and certificate for the administering agency.  A separate plaque recognizing the
recipients will be displayed at NLS.
            
SELECTION CRITERIA:  Nominees will be selected according to the following criteria:

-- Mission support: the extent to which the library reached or exceeded the ALA Revised
Standards and Guidelines of Service; 
            
-- Creativity and innovation:  the extent to which the library developed new patron services or
marketed existing services in an exceptional manner; and
            
-- Patron satisfaction:  the extent to which the library met the needs of its patrons during the year.

NOMINATION PROCESS:  Libraries must be nominated by a patron, staff, or manager of a
network library,or by a member of its administering agency.  Nominations must include a separate
one-to-two page library profile summarizing highlights, types of services provided, number of
patrons, and other statistics similar to items in a factsheet or annual report. Submissions must also
explain how the nominee meets the appropriate criteria, citing specific examples and providing
supporting statistics for 2007.  Nominations must not exceed one page (250 words) for each
criterion.  Please include no more than three supporting documents, such as newspaper articles,
reports, statistics, and other commendations. Submissions must be in an accessible format and
include supporting statements for each criterion.
            
DEADLINE:  All nominations must be received by NLS no later than March 13, 2008. 

SUBMISSION:  Nomination forms are attached and also may be downloaded from
www.loc.gov/nls/networkdocs/nomination.pdf.  The nomination form with supporting
documentation must arrive at NLS by March 13, 2008.  Nomination documentation must be in
accessible electronic format (e.g., Microsoft Word or WordPerfect files) so that blind panel
members can access them.  Send all nominations by e-mail to __ [log in to unmask] or 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 N.W.,
Washington, DC 20542-4960; Attn:  Chief, Network Division.  Do not send nominations by the
U.S. Postal Service.  If your submission has not been confirmed by March 14, please contact
Carolyn Hoover Sung at (202) 707-9300.
                                                  
SELECTION PROCESS:  The nominations will be reviewed by a 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 of the Blind,
Blinded Veterans Association, and National Federation of the Blind); two representatives from
public libraries (to be selected by the chair); and one representative from the North
America/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union.  The committee will review the
nominations and submit a list of finalists to the NLS director and the four network regional
conference chairs, who will make the final selections. 

PRESENTATION:  The award will be presented at a luncheon at the Library of Congress in
Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 11, 2008.  This special event for the network libraries and
their administering agencies will be covered in NLS News, in Library of Congress publications,
and in a national news release.  NLS will cover travel costs to the ceremony for a representative
of each network library and a representative of their administering agency.

[Attachments: This Bulletin contained print attachments when mailed to the network on January
18, 2008.]
            
For more information contact:     

Carolyn Hoover Sung 
Chief, Network Division 
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