School of Library and Information Studies

Awards

On an annual basis the LISAA awards a Distinguished Alumni Award, an Honorary Alumni Award, and a Rising Star award.

Members wishing to nominate someone for an award are asked to send a letter of nomination to the Past President of LISAA at any time. The annual deadline for nominations is May 30th.

Award winners will be recognized at the Celebration Brunch. The Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Alumni winners will also have their names engraved on a plaque, and a book will be donated to the University of Alberta Libraries Bruce Peel Special Collections in their honour. The Rising Star award winner will be invited to write a brief article for circulation within the alumni community.

The Distinguished Alumni Award

Awarded to a graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta who has made a significant contribution to any or all of the following:

  • The library profession.
  • The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.
  • The advancement of knowledge.

Honorary Alumni Award

Awarded to non-graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta who has made a significant contribution to any of the following:

  • The library profession.
  • The School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.
  • The advancement of knowledge.

Rising Star Award

Awarded to an individual who has graduated within the past 10 years from the School of Information Studies at the University of Alberta and who has made significant contributions or advances within their community of professional practice. Award recipients serve as an inspiration to students and alumni at all stages of their careers.

This award was established in 2017.

Nomination & Selection Process

  1. Each year, the LISAA Executive Committee proactively generates nominations for the awards program. In seeking out nominations, the Committee pursues recognition of alumni based in distant locations, the mix of sectors or modes of professional practice, diversity and inclusivity.
  2. Nominations are accepted from the alumni community at any time but no later than May 30th each year.
  3. Nominations are made by written submission (maximum 2-pages) that speaks to the selection criteria for the award, the rationale for the nomination and a brief biography of the nominee.
  4. Nominations are submitted to the attention of the current LISAA Secretary.
  5. All nominations received by LISAA are kept on file for future consideration.
  6. In general, one Distinguished Alumni Award and one LISAA Rising Star Award are presented each year.
  7. The Honorary Alumni Award may be presented on an annual or occasional basis as worthy recipients arise.
  8. In any given year, the LISAA Executive Committee may decide to present more than one award in any category.