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Washington Office accepting entries for WHCLIST award

The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the ALA Washington Office is accepting entries for the 2010 WHCLIST Award, which will provide a stipend of $300 for a non-librarian participant to attend Library Advocacy Day on June 29, 2010, in Washington, D.C.  The winner will attend the rally and will also attend Congressional meetings with his/her elected officials and/or their staffs.  The winner will be introduced at the rally and participate in advocacy meetings in Congressional offices. 

WHCLIST served an historic role in library advocacy nationally, statewide, and locally following the White House Conferences on Library and Information Services in 1979 and 1991.  WHCLIST now provides this opportunity each year for a new generation of library advocates to continue the WHCLIST mission of committed, passionate library support  Both ALA and WHCLIST want to ensure that the American people  benefit from the best library services possible.  The WHCLIST Award will be used to further these efforts. 

The criteria for the WHCLIST Award are: 

  • The recipient should be a library advocate (trustee, friend, general supporter) and not a professional librarian.
  • Priority will be given to first-time attendees to a Washington advocacy event.
  • Applicants must include a registration form, a letter of reference from a library director, school librarian, library board chair, friends’ group chair or other library representative.

Representatives of WHCLIST and the ALA Washington Office will choose the recipient.  The ALA Washington Office will contact the recipient’s senators and representative to announce the award.  The winner of the WHCLIST Award will be announced on the Washington Office blog, the District Dispatch. 

Entries are due March 1, 2010, and the winner will be announced on March 15, 2010.

To apply for the WHCLIST award, please submit a letter explaining why you should receive the award and a letter of reference to:

Kristin Murphy
Government Relations Specialist
American Library Association
1615 New Hampshire Ave., NW
First Floor
Washington, DC 20009
202-628-8419 (

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