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A chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries

ACRL Washington Award for Excellence

What does the award acknowledge?

The ACRL-Washington Excellence Award recognizes a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Washington State academic or research libraries/librarianship. It is awarded by the Washington Chapter of ACRL.


  • Any individual who is employed in an academic or research library in Washington State, OR
  • Any group that includes at least one member who is employed in an academic or research library in Washington State.
  • ACRL-Washington membership is NOT required.
  • Current ACRL-Washington Board Members are not eligible for the award.

What projects qualify?

  • Any project that supports the improvement of academic or research libraries/librarianship in Washington State, with at least one member working at a library in Washington State.
  • The initiative or project that is the basis of the nomination must have occurred in the previous two years.

What does the award include?

  • Recognition at the ACRL-Washington/Oregon Fall Conference.
  • One stipend of up to $150 to defray the cost of the recipient’s registration to attend the ACRL-Washington/Oregon Fall Conference.
  • One year of membership in the Washington State Chapter of ACRL.
  • A commemorative certificate.

How to Apply

Applicants must fill out the application form found here. They will be required to:

  • Write a 750-word essay addressing the prompt: Describe your project’s scope and impact on libraries and librarianship in Washington State.
  • Submit at least one letter of recommendation in support of the project via email (Word or PDF) to

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