LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award--Call for Nominations Janet Lee Smeltzer 09 Nov 2006 14:16 UTC

Nominations sought for the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award.

The LITA Brett Butler Award Committee is seeking nominations for the
LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award. This award is sponsored by Thomson
Gale and is given to recognize a librarian or library who demonstrates
exemplary entrepreneurship by providing an innovative product(s) or service,
designed to meet the needs of the library world through the skillful and
practical application of information technology. The award has been given
out three times, the first was in 2004. More information is available at

Deadline for nominations is December 1, 2006.

Candidates for the award will be selected based on the following criteria:

1. Appropriate and creative use of information technology in its
development, and significance of its contribution to the functioning of
libraries and/or librarians.

2. Clarity and effectiveness of the written application/nomination,
including sufficient detail to demonstrate the relevance and usefulness of
the product/service to libraries and/or librarians.

Applications should evidence timeliness in product/service development,
originality of ideas, persuasiveness of arguments, quality of writing, and
clarity of presentation. Applications should also include reference
information for those with knowledge of the product/service who may be
consulted by the Committee and potential sites which may be visited or

The winner will receive $5,000 and a framed certificate presented at the ALA
Annual 2007 LITA President's Program. The winner will be invited to submit a
descriptive summary of the entrepreneurial achievement for publication in a
featured area of the LITA website.

Please send nominations to Janet Lee-Smeltzer (, Chair of
the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award Committee.

Janet Lee-Smeltzer

Chair, LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award Committee

Head of Bibliographic and Metadata Services

Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Phone: 410-455-3468

Fax: 410-455-1598