List of ALA awards

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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 awards

Two years such as "1958 –1966" signify the honor has been discontinued and was last awarded in the latter year.
ALA Book, Print & Media Awards
ABC-CLIO Online History AwardRecognizes 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.2005-2009Media 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-presentProfessionalALALibraries and librarianship
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.variousRecommended lists ("Best of ...")various
Alex Awards Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.1998-presentBook YALSA Recommended lists ("Best of ...")

Youth Media Awards

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-presentMediaYALSARecommended lists ("Best of ...")
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children's Video Honors outstanding video productions for children.1991-presentMediaALSCYouth Media AwardsJan
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-presentBookRUSAJune
Aurianne Award"Recognize[d] 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." [1] 1958-1966BookALSCYouth Media Awards
Best Apps for Teaching & Learning"Honors applications of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner." [2] 2013-2015MediaAASLYouth Media Awards
Best Fiction for Young Adults

("Best Books" to 2010) [lower-alpha 1]

Recommended for ages 12–18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens.BookYALSARecommended lists ("Best of ...")
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-presentBookAASLRecommended lists ("Best of ...")
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning"Honor[ed] websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner."2013-2015MediaAASLYouth Media Awards
Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award"Recognize[d] excellent research into problems related to the profession of librarianship." [3] LRRT
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-presentBookBooklistRecommended lists ("Best of ...")
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. (biennial)1954-presentCareerALSCYouth Media Awards
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-presentBookEMIERTYouth Media AwardsJan
Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime AchievementRecognize in alternate years an African-American author or illustrator, and a practitioner, for career contributions.2010-presentCareerEMIERTYouth Media Awards
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-presentBookRUSAJan
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.2002-2006PrintEMIERTLibraries and librarianship
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-presentPrintLHRTLibraries and librarianship
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-presentPrintALCTSLibraries and librarianship
Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award "Presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom." [4] 1986-presentBookIFRT
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-presentBookLHRTLibraries and librarianship
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-presentPrintLITALibraries and librarianship
Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults For the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12–18).2010-presentBookYALSAYouth Media AwardsJan
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-presentMediaYALSARecommended 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-presentProfessionalALALibraries 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-presentBookYALSARecommended lists ("Best of ...")
Great Interactive Software for Kids ListIdentifies exemplary computer software and multi-platform media for children currently available.1996-2010MediaALSCRecommended lists ("Best of ...")
H. W. Wilson Library Periodical AwardFor 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.1961-1980PrintALALibraries and librarianship
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-presentPrintACRLLibraries and librarianship
Innovation AwardRecognizes a project that demonstrates creative, innovative, or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming.2004-2012ProfessionalACRL
James Terry White AwardGiven for notable published professional writing.1938-1941PrintALA
Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research Recognizes a research article published in English during the calendar year.1975-presentPrintLRRTLibraries and librarianship
John Newbery Medal To the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.1921-presentBookALSCYouth Media AwardsJan
Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award "Recognize[d] the best essay written in English on library history" [5] 2004-presentPrintLHRTLibraries and librarianship
Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue AwardsRecognizes "excellence in the publication of catalogues and brochures that accompany exhibitions of library and archival materials, as well as for electronic exhibitions of such materials." [6] 1991-presentACRL
Listen List Seeks to highlight outstanding audiobook titles that merit special attention by general adult listeners and the librarians who work with them.2012-presentMediaCODESRecommended lists ("Best of ...")
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-presentCareerYALSAYouth Media AwardsJan
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-presentPrintGODORT
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-presentCareerALSCYouth Media AwardsJuly
Michael L. Printz Award For a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.2000-presentBookYALSAYouth Media AwardsJan
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-presentBookALSCYouth Media AwardsJan
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-presentMediaALSCYouth Media AwardsJan
Outstanding Academic Titles The best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice.Book ACRL Recommended lists ("Best of ...")Jan
Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners"To provide reading recommendations to students of all ages who plan to continue their education beyond high school." [7] 2009BookYALSA
Outstanding Publication Award (Previously 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-presentPrintALCTSLibraries and librarianship
Outstanding Reference Sources To recommend the best reference publications for small and medium-sized libraries.1958-presentBookRUSARecommended lists ("Best of ...")
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-presentBookGLBTRTRecommended lists ("Best of ...")
Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award The award recognizes outstanding dissertations in the general area of library history.1991-presentPrintLHRTLibraries and librarianship
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-presentBookYALSARecommended lists ("Best of ...")
Public Libraries Feature Article Contest To recognize articles written by those employed by a public library and published in Public Libraries. (varies)2004-presentPrintPLALibraries and librarianship
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-presentBookALSCYouth Media AwardsJan
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-presentBookYALSA
Rainbow Project Book List List of recommended books dealing with LGBT+ issues and situations for children up to age 18.2008-2017BookSRRT / GLBTRTRecommended lists ("Best of ...")
Ralph R. Shaw Award for Library LiteraturePresented to an American librarian for an outstanding contribution to library literature published during the three years preceding the presentation.1959-1976PrintALALibraries and librarianship
Randolph Caldecott Medal Awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.1938-presentBookALSCYouth Media AwardsJan
Reference Service Press Award Recognize the most outstanding article published in Reference and User Services Quarterly2002-presentPrintRUSALibraries and librarianship
Rise: A Feminist Book Project

(Previously Amelia Bloomer Project)

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).[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]2004-presentBookSRRTRecommended lists ("Best of ...")
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-presentBookALSCYouth Media AwardsJan
Schneider Family Book Award 2004-presentBookALAYouth Media Awards
Sophie Brody Award "Given to encourage, recognize and commend outstanding achievement in Jewish literature." [8] 2006-presentBookRUSA
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-presentBookGLBTRTYouth Media Awards (one of 3)Jan
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-presentPrintACRL
Teen's Top Ten"A 'teen choice' list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year" [9] 2003-2018BookYALSARecommended 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-presentBookRUSARecommended lists ("Best of ...")
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-presentBookALSCYouth Media AwardsJan
W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction "Honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war." [10] 1997-presentBookALA
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-presentBookYALSAYouth Media AwardsJan

Grants and fellowships

Professional recognition awards

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" [11]


See also


  1. 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"

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Stonewall Book Award LGBT literary award

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  1. "Aurianne Award (HISTORICAL) | Awards & Grants". American Library Association. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  2. "Best Apps for Teaching & Learning | Awards & Grants". American Library Association. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  3. "Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Paper Award | Awards & Grants". American Library Association. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  4. "Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award | Awards & Grants". American Library Association. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  5. "Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award | Awards & Grants". Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  6. "Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Awards | Awards & Grants". American Library Association. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  7. "Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners | Awards & Grants". American Library Association. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  8. "Sophie Brody Award | Awards & Grants". American Library Association. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  9. "Teen's Top Ten | Awards & Grants". Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  10. "W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction | Awards & Grants". American Library Association. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  11. "James Madison Award". ALA. Retrieved May 6, 2013.