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Outstanding Services to Libraries

Honoring an individual or organization for outstanding lay advocacy.

The Texas Library Association Outstanding Services to Libraries Award recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding advocacy and support for libraries. The award recognizes advancement of library services, development and promotion of sound library policies and standards, successful advocacy to the community, significant contribution to the promotion of library legislation, and active participation in TLA.

Application deadline has been extended to Feb. 10, 2023.

The #FReadom Fighters won the Texas Library Association’s 2022 Outstanding Services to Libraries Award, for their strong public awareness campaign, which has raised awareness and generated support for librarians and libraries at a time when censorship is on the rise and intellectual freedom in libraries is under attack.

The #FReadom Fighters movement was started by TLA members Carolyn Foote, Becky Calzada and Nancy Jo Lambert (along with a fourth librarian who has chosen to remain anonymous). They are committed to highlighting the positive work of librarians, to speak up in support of authors and students, and to provide professional resources for librarians, teachers or authors facing book challenges.

Any TLA member may nominate a deserving individual or organization for consideration. Nominations open September 15 and close Feb. 10, 2023. All nominations must be submitted through the online form.

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Once the nomination is submitted, you will receive a password that allows you to add to, or edit your nomination materials. You will also receive a separate password to provide to people submitting any letters of reference.

Contact Christy Reynolds at TLA if you have any questions or need assistance.

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