IDEA Awards Committee

Description: The IDEA Awards Committee reviews each IDEA Award submission and makes the decision on which entries will receive recognition. The Committee members review submissions prior to a full committee meeting, at which time the recipients will be selected. Judging criteria is determined by the Committee, and focuses on:

  • Innovation
  • Impact and results
  • Creativity and originality
  • Success of project
  • Significance
  • Long-term impact

Committee Size and Term: 5-8 members, which may include one business partner

Term: 3 years — initial terms may be less or more than 3 years to create future staggered terms

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings/Expectations:

Meeting. The IDEA Awards Committee meets approximately eight weeks before the Annual Conference to review each IDEA Award submission. The committee meets by telephone conference at least once prior to the meeting, in addition to a follow-up telephone conference after the Annual Conference.

Assignments. Participation on the IDEA Awards Committee requires members to read each IDEA Award submission prior to the committee meeting. The time required depends on the number of submissions and the detail provided. Due to the timing of IDEA Award submissions and the Annual Conference, the time commitment for this Committee is condensed to a short period of time in late winter/early spring.

Call for volunteers: Summer

Eligibility: Must be a current ALA member or a current ALA-supporting business partner.

Selections made: Fall

ALA Headquarters Liaison: Nicole Larson