The College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool in conjunction with Friends of Maryland Libraries is accepting nominations for the James Partridge Award. The criteria and deadline date are below. PLEASE CONSIDER SOMEONE FROM YOUR STAFF OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW.

*James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award 2009

Nominations are being solicited from the Maryland library community for the 11th Annual recipient of the James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award. The award will be presented at the University of Maryland, College Park on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.


The award is intended to honor those unsung members of the library profession who contribute greatly but who are often behind the sense and not publicly recognized for their contributions to librarianship and the library community.

A nominee must at the time of nomination, be working in a library, information center, archive, library/information science association, government agency or research center, or library/information science.

A nominee must have earned a professional degree from an ALA accredited program of library/information science.

A nominee must have demonstrated sustained, high quality contribution to and dedicated service in support of the mission of libraries to provide access to information to any citizen who wishes to read and to learn.


Any librarian may nominate a colleague. Consent of the nominee must be obtained before submitting a name for consideration.


The James Partridge Award Committee, appointed by Maryland’s iSchool, will select the winner of the award based upon the following criteria.

· The nominee must, like James Partridge, exemplify the highest ideals of the library/information profession including, career-long dedicated service, leadership and commitment to the empowerment of those who they serve.

· The nominee must have demonstrated true advocacy for the right of all people to read and to learn.

· The nominee, like James Partridge, while deserving of accolades, must not have been recognized by his/her peers for his/her contributions to librarianship and the community.


Please submit a letter of nomination and at least three letters of support that include the following:

1. The nominee’s name and place of employment

2. Number of years of service as a librarian

3. Documented evidence of the nominee’s contributions to his/her library and to the library profession.


Nominations must be received no later that close of business on Monday, February 9, 2009.


James Partridge Committee
C/O Cassandra Jones
University of Maryland
College of Information Studies
4110 Hornbake Bldg., South Wing
College Park, MD 20742


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For questions or clarification contact Cassandra Jones at 301-405-2041

Jaime Oliver
Communications Coordinator
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland
4110 Hornbake Bldg