The SAA Spotlight Award Subcommittee invites nominations for the 2016 Spotlight Award. This award “recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition.” Nominees do not have to be members of SAA. Please share this message as you think appropriate. I hope you will consider recognizing a colleague (or yourself!) in this way. Additional information about the criteria and process is found below.
Purpose and Criteria for Selection: Established in 2005, the Spotlight Award recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition. The nominee(s) should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:
* Participating in special projects.
* Exhibiting tireless committee or advocacy work.
* Responding effectively to an unforeseen or pressing need or emergency.
* Contributing innovative or creative ideas to the profession.
* Performing extraordinary volunteerism.
* Quietly but effectively promoting the profession.
Eligibility: Awarded to an individual archivist or a group of up to five archivists who have collaborated on a project. Preference is given to archivists working in smaller repositories, especially those without institutional support for professional activities.
Nomination Requirements: A completed nomination form, downloadable at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-spotlight.
Sponsor and Funding: The Society of American Archivists Foundation.
Prize: A certificate and complimentary registration for the individual recipient or group (of up to five individuals) to the SAA Annual Meeting occurring in the year in which the award is presented.
Submission Deadline and Nomination Form: Deadline: February 28, 2015. Please complete the nomination form (http://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/Spotlight-Award-Form-093015.docx) and email it along with any applicable supporting documentation to awards[at]archivists.org with the subject line “Spotlight Award.” Attachments should not exceed 5MB.
Alternatively, nominations may be mailed. Materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2015, and should be sent to:
Spotlight Award Committee
Society of American Archivists
17 North State Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, IL 60602-3315
Please visit http://www2.archivists.org/recognition for a list and explanation of all of the awards offered by SAA. The above information and a list of past recipients is available at http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-spotlight.