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Jack Alton Strawn Standing TALL Award

Honoring outstanding leadership by an active or retired TLA member librarian.

Know an outstanding librarian who deserves to be recognized?

Presented to a Texas librarian by the TALL Texans Round Table, this award recognizes outstanding leadership demonstrated by a librarian who is an active or retired member of the Texas Library Association. The award consists of a small cowboy boot (the symbol of TALL Texans) and engraved name plate which will be presented at the TALL Texans Social at the TLA Annual Conference.

The award is named in honor of Jack Alton Strawn.

Jack Alton Strawn was a beloved librarian and longtime member of TLA. Among his many accomplishments, he was the 1999 chair of the Young Adult Round Table and was responsible for creating and naming the TAYSHAS reading list; was chosen as the 2007 TLA Librarian of the Year; and served as the 2008-2009 chair of the TALL Texans Round Table. He passed away on February 6, 2020. You can read the full resolution renaming the award here.

Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their demonstrated leadership abilities in three areas: the workplace, professional organizations, and the community at-large. Nominees do not have to be graduates of the TALL Texans institute.

Information requested for nominations is limited to five pages and should include: letters of recommendation from colleagues and employers, as well as supporting data such as examples of work, news articles, publicity for exemplary programs, etc. to establish the merits of the candidate.

After completing the online form, please email a maximum of five pages, or five pieces of evidence to support the nomination, to Mark Gottschalk.

 

NOMINATION FORM

Standing TALL Award Rubric

Nominations for the Standing TALL award should be evaluated in three areas. Each area should be
weighted equally:

  • Leadership displayed at the workplace.
  • Leadership displayed in the library community.
  • Leadership displayed in the community at large.

Within each area, you should consider the following facets of leadership:

  • How significant were the outcomes of their examples? (Just within the library? City-wide? Statewide? National?)
  • What was the orientation of their project or goal? (Just to advance their own career, or to genuinely serve others?)
  • Do their examples or goals indicate strategic thinking with “Big Picture” issues, or only tactical maneuvers based on that narrow case?

 

 

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