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Demco/Upstart Innovative Programming Award

Recognizes two libraries that have implemented innovative programs that enhance their visibility within their service community

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Award Mission

Through recognition and ceremony, to make good ideas and practices of an innovative program visible and, thereby, enlarge the history of choices and alternatives that others can draw upon to design programs to fit the unique characteristics of their own institutions and the communities they serve.

The Demco/Upstart Innovative Programming Award recognizes two libraries – one school and one for all other library types (i.e., public, academic, special) that have implemented innovative programs that other organizations can drawn upon, adapted, replicated and scaled to fit the unique characteristics of their institutions and the communities they serve.

Each winning library receives a $1,000 check and a plaque.

Application Guidelines

  • Texas libraries of any size or type are eligible and are encouraged to apply.
  • Two awards are available, one for school libraries and the second for all other library types (i.e., public, academic, special).
  • Applicants may apply for only one of the awards.
  • The program must have been in existence for a minimum of one year by the application deadline and should have been initiated no more than three years ago. In other words, for a project to qualify for the 2023 award, it must have started after February 2020 but before February 2022.
  • A library may apply as often as desired but may not submit an application for a previous Upstart winning program.

Deadline: Materials must be received by midnight January 31. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

Submission Requirements: A complete application submitted via Google Forms is required. Applicants may also upload supporting documentation, files, links, or visuals that were created at any stage of the innovative project that demonstrated the project’s creativity and impact (e.g. press releases, videos, graphics, local newspaper article scans, surveys, etc.).

Questions about the application process? Please email Christy Reynolds. 

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