Awards and professional development

Developing and rewarding leadership

We offer educational programs, scholarships, and professional awards to new and experienced library professionals.

Awards and professional development

Title Description

American Library Association's Melvil Dewey Medal

An annual award for library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.
The Dave Binkley Memorial Lecture
Awarded in memory of Dave Binkley to bring "a voice from outside our little circle" to speak at the Access Conferences who would otherwise not be able to attend.
Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology
Annual award to highlight research relevant to the development of information technologies.
John Ames Humphry/OCLC Forest Press Award for International Librarianship
Given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.
Margaret Mann Citation
Awarded for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification.
OCLC Award for Innovative Cooperation Initiatives in the Caribbean
This award recognizes a school, academic, public or national library for an innovative initiative that leverages cooperation in the planning and implementation of a program or service.
Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA) Project Award
This award recognizes a project that demonstrates leadership in the application of technology to benefit library users, enhance library operations, and extend partnerships.
Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL Librarian
Recognizes a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery.
OCLC/LITA Minority Scholarship
The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field.
Spectrum Scholarship
A scholarship program designed to address the specific issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession.
The Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program
Provided early career development and continuing education for library and information science professionals from countries with developing economies.

The OCLC Library and Information Science Education Program

The OCLC Library and Information Science Education Program can help your LIS school provide students with the skills needed to lead in today’s library environment. This program provides your students with reduced or no cost hands-on use of reference, resource sharing, cataloging, and other OCLC services.

Learn more about the OCLC LIS Education Program.