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CALL Awards: Selection Criteria

(descriptions derived from Chicago Association of Law Libraries Handbook for Officers & Committee Chairs 2013-2014, Appendix D)

Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Award (established in 1993)

  • Nominee must be a retiree or someone who, within the year preceding the May business meeting at which the award is presented, has announced his/her retirement from a library or information science related position, with the announcement stating that retirement will occur no later than one year following the same May business meeting.
  • Nominee must have made an outstanding contribution to the Chicago law library community either through provision of outstanding levels of service to that community directly or through CALL.
  • Nominee must have given consistently high levels of noteworthy professional contribution.
  • Nominee’s level of service will be evaluated cumulatively over the course of the individual’s career.
  • Nominee should not be a member of the Chapter Awards Committee at either the time of consideration for the award or the time of presentation.
  • The award may be given to more than one recipient per year and may be presented posthumously.

Outstanding In-House Publication Award (established in 1993)

  • Nominee must be either an individual or a group who created in-house library materials that are (1) either user-or staff-oriented, (2) are relevant for law libraries and (3) are outstanding in quality.
  • Materials may be either written or graphic in either print or non-print formats.
  • Materials must have been created for use within a given library–materials that are offered systematically for sale in large numbers outside the library for which they were created are ineligible.
  • Qualifying materials include, but are not limited to, bibliographies, guides, newsletters, software, staff manuals, staff training materials, etc.
  • Unsuccessful entries in any year may be re-submitted for consideration in other years, and substantial revisions of previous award-winning entries may be submitted for consideration.
  • Entries will be judged on quality, creativity and usefulness.
  • Nominee should not be a member of either the Chapter Awards Committee or of the Board of Directors at either the time of consideration for the award or the time of presentation.
  • If entries are received from an individual or group associated with a library with which a committee member is affiliated, that committee member will excuse himself or herself. Under these circumstances, the Chair of the Committee may recommend that the President appoint another committee member to replace the excused member in the Publication Award selection process.
  • If entries are received from an individual or group associated with a library with which a member of the Board of Directors is affiliated, the committee will accept such entries for consideration only if all committee members agree that the entries will be considered in an impartial, unbiased manner. If even one committee member thinks that there is a possibility that bias will be introduced, the Chair of the Committee will return the entry without prejudice and recommend that it be re-submitted at another time.

Agnes and Harvey Reid Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Librarianship (established in 1982)

  • Nominee must have given outstanding service to CALL or made an outstanding contribution to law librarianship.
  • Members of the Chapter Awards Committee and the CALL Board are not eligible to be nominated for this award.
  • Individual awards may be given to more than one recipient in a given year. Also, one award may be given jointly to two individuals.
  • The name of this award honors Agnes and Harvey Reid. Though not law librarians themselves, the Reids were long-time friends and generous supporters of both CALL and the American Association of Law Libraries.
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