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List of ALA awards

The American Library Association is a professional society for librarians and some other information service providers. Its awards program includes "Books, Print & Media Awards"; professional recognition within the library sciences; and scholarships, fellowships and grants. Some of the former are annual book awards with great public visibility.


Book, print and media awardsEdit

  • Award: Name of the award or list
  • First: Year the honor was inaugurated (first awarded)
Two years such as "1958 –> 1966" signify the honor has been discontinued and was last awarded in the latter year.
  • Type: one of {Book, Career, Media, Print, Professional}
  • Admin.: ALA Division responsible for the award
  • Class: one of the following, if any
    • Recommended lists ("Best of ...") = lists of multiple recommended works
    • Youth Media Awards = honoring work(s) for children or young adults and/or their creators
    • Libraries and librarianship = honoring work about libraries, etc.
  • Mo.: Month of announcement
ALA Book, Print, & Media Awards[1]
Award Description First Type Admin. Class mo.
ABC-CLIO Online History Award Recognizes a person or a group of people producing (1) a freely available online historical collection, or (2) an online tool tailored for the purpose of finding historical materials, or (3) an online teaching aid stimulating creative historical scholarship. 2005 –> 2009 Media RUSA
ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for Best Book in Library Literature To recognize those who improve management principles and practice, understanding and application of new techniques, or further the education of librarians or other information specialists. 2009 – Professional  ALA Libraries and librarianship
Outstanding Academic Titles The best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice. Book ACRL Recommended lists ("Best of ...") Jan
Alex Awards Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. 1998 – Book YALSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Youth Media Awards
May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Honors an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country, for contribution to the field of children's literature. 1970 – Career ALSC Youth Media Awards July
Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults To select, annotate, and present for publication an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years. 1999 – Media YALSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Aurianne Award "Recognizes outstanding books on animal life which may develop a humane attitude in children. Given for the best fiction or non-fiction book written for children between the ages of 8-14 years."[2] 1958 –> 1966 Book ALSC Youth Media Awards
Mildred L. Batchelder Award Awarded to an American publisher for a children's book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country, and subsequently translated into English and published in the United States. 1968 – Book ALSC Youth Media Awards Jan
Pura Belpre Award Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
(set of 2 annual: writer, illustrator)
1996 – Book ALSC Youth Media Awards Jan
Amelia Bloomer Book List An annual annotated book list (or bibliography) of well-written and well-illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers (ages birth through 18). 2004 – Book SRRT Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
''Booklist'' Editors' Choice Multiple lists including: Adult Books, Adult Books for Young Adults, Books for Youth, Media, Reference Sources, and Booklist's Top of the List. Chosen by editors of Booklist magazine. 2005 – Book Booklist Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction "This award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. ... Young adult and adult novels only."[3] 1997 – Book ALA
Sophie Brody Award "This award is given to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature."[4] 2006 – Book RUSA
Randolph Caldecott Medal Awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 1938 – Book ALSC Youth Media Awards Jan
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video Honors outstanding video productions for children. 1991 – Media ALSC Youth Media Awards Jan
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.
(set of 2 annual: fiction, nonfiction)
2012 – Book RUSA June
David Cohen Multicultural Award To encourage as well as recognize articles of significant new research and publication that increases understanding and promotes multiculturalism in libraries in North America. 2002 –> 2006 Print EMIERT Libraries and librarianship
Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award The award recognizes outstanding dissertations in the general area of library history. 1991 – Print LHRT Libraries and librarianship
Dartmouth Medal A medal that honors the creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance, including, but not limited to: writing, compiling, editing, or publishing books or electronic information. 1975 – Book RUSA Jan
Donald G. Davis Article Award To recognize the best article written in English in the field of United States and Canadian library history including the history of libraries, librarianship, and book culture. 2000 – Print LHRT Libraries and librarianship
Margaret A. Edwards Award Honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, that have been popular over a period of time. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world. 1988 – Career YALSA Youth Media Awards Jan
Ex Libris Student Writing Award To recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development of students through publication of the winning manuscript in LITA's primary journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL). 2001 – Print LITA Libraries and librarianship
Best Fiction for Young Adults
("Best Books" to 2010)[a]
Recommended for ages 12–18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. 1966 – [a] Book YALSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Fabulous Films for Young Adults To identify for collection developers a body of films relating to a theme that will appeal to young adults in a variety of settings. 2009 – Media YALSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award Presented to a library organization to recognize an innovative, creative, well-organized project which successfully developed income from alternative sources. The alternative sources may include, but are not limited to: individual gifts, foundations, endowments, "challenge" grants, and related efforts. 1985 – Professional ALA Libraries and librarianship
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award To the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children's literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year. 2006 – Book ALSC Youth Media Awards Jan
Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award To recognize the best book written in English in the field of library history, including the history of libraries, librarianship, and book culture. 2004 – Book LHRT Libraries and librarianship
Great Graphic Novels for Teens Graphic novels published in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for teens aged twelve to eighteen. 2009 – Book YALSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Great Interactive Software for Kids List Identifies exemplary computer software and multi-platform media for children currently available. 1996 –> 2010 Media ALSC Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Innovation Award Recognizes a project that demonstrates creative, innovative, or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming. 2004 –> 2012 Professional ACRL
Coretta Scott King Book Awards Recognize African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for young adults and children that reflect the African-American experience.
(set of 3 annual: writer, illustrator, new talent)
1985 – Book EMIERT Youth Media Awards Jan
Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Recognize in alternate years an African-American author or illustrator, and a practitioner, for career contributions. 2010 – Career EMIERT Youth Media Awards
Margaret T. Lane/ Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award Given annually to an author or shared among collaborative authors of an outstanding research article in which government documents, either published or archival in nature, form a substantial part of the documented research. 2010 – Print GODORT
Listen List Seeks to highlight outstanding audiobook titles that merit special attention by general adult listeners and the librarians who work with them. 2012 – Media CODES Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
William C. Morris YA Debut Award Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. 2009 – Book YALSA Youth Media Awards Jan
John Newbery Medal To the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. 1921 – Book ALSC Youth Media Awards Jan
Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults For the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12–18). 2010 – Book YALSA Youth Media Awards Jan
ALA Notable lists Notable lists include: ALA Notable Books for Adults, ALA Notable Children's Books, ALA Notable Children's Recordings, ALA Notable Children's Videos, ALA Notable Government Documents, ALA Notable Videos for Adults. various Recommended lists ("Best of ...") various
STS Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences For the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science. 1925 – Print ACRL
Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award Recognizes "the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom."[5]
1986 – Book IFRT
Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. 2008 – Media ALSC Youth Media Awards Jan
Over the Rainbow Project book list To recognize current quality non-fiction and fiction books that authentically express gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experiences. 2011 – Book GLBTRT Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults To encourage young adults to read for pleasure by presenting to them lists of popular or topical titles which are widely available in paperback and which represent a broad variety of accessible themes and genres. 2010 – Book YALSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Michael L. Printz Award For a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. 2000 – Book YALSA Youth Media Awards Jan
Public Libraries Feature Article Contest To recognize articles written by those employed by a public library and published in Public Libraries.
2004 – Print PLA Libraries and librarianship
Outstanding Publication Award (formerly Blackwell's Scholarship Award) Honors the author or authors of the year's outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation, continuing resources and related areas in the library field. 1976 – Print ALCTS Libraries and librarianship
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers List is for young adults (ages 12–18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read. The purpose of this list is to identify titles for recreational reading, not for curricular or remedial use. 2008 – Book YALSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
The Reading List Seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them. 2009 – Book RUSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Reference Service Press Award Recognize the most outstanding article published in Reference and User Services Quarterly 2002 – Print RUSA Libraries and librarianship
Outstanding Reference Sources To recommend the best reference publications for small and medium-sized libraries. 1958 – Book RUSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award Recognizes an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the preceding two years. 1993 – Print ACRL Libraries and librarianship
Ralph R. Shaw Award for Library Literature Presented to an American librarian for an outstanding contribution to library literature published during the three years preceding the presentation. 1959 –> 1976 Print ALA Libraries and librarianship
Schneider Family Book Award "Honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."[6]
(set of 3: teen, middle school, younger)
2004 – Book ALA Youth Media Awards
Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research Recognizes a research article published in English during the calendar year. 1975 – Print LRRT Libraries and librarianship
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal The most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children's literature. 2001 – Book ALSC Youth Media Awards Jan
Stonewall Book Awards Presented to English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.
(set of 3 annual: fiction, nonfiction, youth)
1971 – Book GLBTRT Youth Media Awards
(one of 3)
Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award Given to the author(s) of the best paper published in Library Resources & Technical Services, the journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. 1987 – Print ALCTS Libraries and librarianship
Best of the Best of the University Presses This list highlights titles from the Best of the Best of University Presses that reflect a viewpoint and topical coverage not typically reflected in standard selection tools. 2010 – Book AASL Recommended lists ("Best of ...")
James Terry White Award Given for notable published professional writing. 1938 –> 1941 Print ALA Libraries and librarianship
Children's Literature Legacy Award
previously Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
1954 – Career ALSC Youth Media Awards
H. W. Wilson Library Periodical Award For a periodical published by a local, state, or regional library, library group, or library association in the United States or Canada which has made an outstanding contribution to librarianship. 1961 –> 1980 Print ALA Libraries and librarianship
Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award For "original historical research on a significant topic in library history."[7] 2004 – Print LHRT Libraries and librarianship

Grants and fellowshipsEdit

Professional recognition awardsEdit

James Madison Award — administered by the Office for Government Relations, from 1989 annually honoring "individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public's right to know at the national level"[8]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b The school librarians first issued a list of recommended new books for 1930. From 1966 to 2010 the annual list, originally limited to books marketed for adults, was named "Best Books for Young Adults". The final rendition under that name, for 2010 publications, identified 79 fiction books and 11 nonfiction books. From 2011 the fiction sublist continues alone as "Best Fiction for Young Adults".


  1. ^ "ALA Book, Print & Media Awards". American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Aurianne Award (HISTORICAL): Winner List – All Years". ALA. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction". ALA. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
    The linked "Winner List – All Years" reports winning titles for 1997 to 2012.
  4. ^ "Sophie Brody Award". ALA. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  5. ^ "Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award". ALA. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Schneider Family Book Award". ALA. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award". ALA. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  8. ^ "James Madison Award". ALA. Retrieved May 6, 2013.

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