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Awards and professional development

Developing and rewarding leadership

Through a series of educational programs, annual awards, scholarships and fellowships, the OCLC cooperative provides support for those beginning their library careers and for established library leaders who excel in their profession.

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.
Canadian Library Association CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology
Given annually to honor a member or members of the Canadian Library Association for innovative use and application of technology in a Canadian library setting.
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.
OCLC Community Engagement Award
Public libraries continuously transform to better support local communities. We are excited to recognize and celebrate their significant community engagement work with three $5,000 awards.
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.