There are endless possibilities to improve our libraries; ideas are the easy part. The tough part is moving those ideas forward to create an impactful program or service that provides real value to members of the library community.

At the 2011 American Libraries Association Annual Conference, the ACRL President’s Program is “From Idea to Innovation to Implementation: How Teams Make it Happen.” This program features Jason Young, author of the book Culturetopia, an expert on how workplace teams can obtain maximum productivity. Attend Jason Young’s presentation on Saturday, June 25 at 10:30 am.

In conjunction with the ACRL President’s Program, the Planning Team invites you to engage in a challenging pre-program activity. We want to hear about your exciting library innovations!

Submit a short essay that describes an innovative library enhancement project that is currently in progress or has already been implemented. Your program or service can involve a new technology, a public outreach program, or a new assessment initiative; the possibilities are endless.

Here is the catch: it has to involve a team. We want to know how you used a group or teamwork to transform your idea from conception to actualization.

Submission Details

  • Submissions must identify as one of two types of projects:
    • Completed Project
    • Project in Progress
  • Submissions must include a description of the project’s concept, implementation, and outcome, whether desired or achieved.
  • Submissions should be 500 words or less.
  • Submissions must address an academic or research library setting. You do not need to be an ACRL member.
  • Submissions must also describe how your team of 3 or more people worked together to complete the project. Team members are not limited to people within your library.
  • Submissions must include all team members’ names, but should identify one team member as a primary contact.
  • Only one submission per project will be considered.
  • Projects completed before January 1, 2010 will not be considered
  • Entries will be posted on ALA Connect for discussion and comments. This is to foster the sharing of innovative ideas within the academic and research library community.
  • Enter your project using the Contest Submission Form

Selection Process and Criteria

The ACRL President’s Program planning team will select one winner for a completed project and one winner for a project in progress.

  • Winning submissions will be notified by May 27, 2011 via email.
  • Submissions will be judged on the following selection criteria:
    • Innovation: The degree to which the project is unique and creative.
    • Use of teamwork: The degree to which collaboration and teamwork add value to the project.
    • Impact: The degree to which the project impacts the library’s community.

Pre-program winners will receive

  • Recognition at the ACRL President’s program at ALA 2011 in New Orleans.
  • One copy of Jason Young’s book, Culturetopia.
  • Acknowledgment in the ACRL Insider Blog
  • A $75 Amazon gift card or $25 Amazon gift card and a team representative will join Jason Young for lunch immediately following the President’s Program.

Submissions deadline

May 9, 2011

For more information

Contact Brian Mathews or Steven Bell for questions about the program or contest.

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