March 18, 2011
Call for Submissions: LIS Student Essay Contest
My name is Steve Lorenz, and I am a librarian in central North Carolina. I also have the great privilege of serving as the co-chair of the selection committee for the Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize, an award given each year by the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) for the best graduate student essay about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries or librarianship. The 2011 Braverman Prize includes a $300 stipend for travel expenses to the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, and the winning essay will also be published in the Summer 2011 issue of Progressive Librarian. The winner, and their LIS program also gain publicity through our award announcements.
Along with my selection committee co-chair, Sarah Clark, we are writing to ask for your help in publicizing the Braverman contest to the students in your Library and Information Science program. Attached you will find the call for submissions, which I would ask you to kindly post on bulletin boards around your campus. The call for submissions is also available at
As the honorable mention Braverman award recipient in 2010, I was asked to join the committee this year and accepted enthusiastically. The contest offers an excellent opportunity for socially-minded, politically conscious LIS students to make a mark in the field by getting published and meeting other progressively minded librarians and library students. As I am sure you know, it also reflects very positively on the winning essayist's LIS program. I was very proud to help bring attention by my honor-winning essay to North Carolina Central University's SLIS program a year ago, and I know NCCU SLIS Dean Irene Owens was very pleased to have it.
Please feel free to contact me by email:firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (919-536-9005) if you have any questions about the contest. I thank you in advance for whatever you are able to do to spread the word about this exciting opportunity.
& Sarah Clark
Co-Chairs, Braverman Prize Selection Committee
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Are you an LIS student interested in activism and the struggle for social justice? Do you stay awake at night thinking about how your politics might inform your professional practice?
The MIRIAM BRAVERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE, a presentation of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), is awarded each year for the best paper about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to archivists, archives, and archival work are also eligible.
The winning paper will be published in the Summer 2011 issue of Progressive Librarian. The winner of the contest will also receive a $300 stipend to help offset the cost of travel to and from the 2011 American Library Association (ALA)annual conference in New Orleans, LA. The award will be presented at the annual PLG dinner at ALA.
Think you might be interested? Here's the fine print.
1. Contestants must be library and/or information science students attending a graduate-level program in the United States or Canada.
2. Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant, and must be written in English. Entries may not exceed 3,000 words, and must conform to MLA in-text citation style.
3. To facilitate the blind review process, each entry must include a cover sheet providing the contestant's name, full contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), name of the institution where the contestant is enrolled, and the title of the paper. No identifying information, other than the title, should appear on the paper itself.
4. Entries must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word or RTF format, to email@example.com. Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on May 1, 2011.
5. The $300 stipend is available only to help defray the cost of ALA conference attendance in 2011; if the winner of the contest is unable to attend, the money will remain in the Braverman Prize endowment fund and may be donated to a progressive cause at the discretion of the selection committee.
Any questions regarding the contest or the selection process can be directed to the co-chair of the selection committee, Steve Lorenz at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Miriam Braverman and about the Progressive Librarians Guild is available at http://libr.org/plg.
Posted by anrotter at March 18, 2011 04:43 PM