FEDLINK Recognizes Outstanding Federal Libraries, Librarians and Library Technicians Nominations are DUE Friday, January 18, 2013! To obtain nomination materials, visit the Awards Working Group section<http://www.loc.gov/flicc/Awards/2012/fliccaward2012_main.html> of the FEDLINK website. To honor the many innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians are fulfilling the information demands of government, business, research, scholarly communities and the American public, FEDLINK announces it is opening nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship for fiscal year 2012. The 2012 award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library and information service at the FEDLINK Spring Expo in Washington, D.C., in May 2013. To recognize these outstanding individuals and programs further, a plaque engraved with their names and the names of previous and subsequent winners will be on permanent display in the FEDLINK offices at the Library of Congress. Nominations are being accepted for these awards: Federal Library/Information Center of the Year This award commends the library or information center for outstanding, innovative and sustained achievements during fiscal year 2011 in fulfilling its organization's mission, fostering innovation in its services and meeting the needs of its users. FEDLINK awards are given to both small library/information centers (with a staff of 10 or fewer federal and/or contract employees) and larger library/information centers (with a staff of 11 or more federal and/or contract employees). All nominations must be made on behalf of an entire library or information center (e.g., a main or branch library or information center). Federal Librarian of the Year This award honors a federal librarian who demonstrates active and innovative leadership and professionalism in the promotion and development of library and information services during fiscal year 2011. The nominee must be a federal employee and a practicing librarian in a federal library or information center. Federal Library Technician of the Year This award recognizes the achievements of a federal library technician during fiscal year 2011 for exceptional technical competency and flexibility under changing work conditions. The nominee must be a federal employee and a practicing paraprofessional or library technician in a federal library or information center. Federal staff classified in professional series are not eligible for this award, but may be eligible for nomination as Federal Librarian of the Year. To obtain nomination materials, visit the Awards Working Group section<http://www.loc.gov/flicc/Awards/2012/fliccaward2012_main.html> of the FEDLINK website, call (202) 707-4800 or send an e-mail to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. The nomination packet includes the nomination form, selection criteria and a list of needed supporting materials. All completed nominations must be faxed to (202) 707-4825 no later than January 18, 2013. If you do not receive confirmation of your nomination within one week, please contact us.