Library Media Connection and the ALISE Youth Services and School Library Media Special Interest Groups proudly announce the 2011 Youth Services Paper Award and invite the submission of papers related to youth services in libraries. An award of $1000 will be made to recognize an outstanding paper reporting innovative research in youth services. Submissions must be received on or before 15 July 2010. Email submissions only (see below for details).

Papers are invited on topics related to youth services in public libraries or school library media centers, including, but not limited to

 Papers must include a section on the applicability of the research to practice. Also, papers should not have been previously published.
Authors MUST be personal members of ALISE and members of either the ALISE Youth Services SIG or the School Library Media SIG. In cases of joint authorship, one honorarium will be awarded for the paper. Graduate students as well as faculty are eligible to submit papers.
Only one paper per entrant may be submitted for the 2011 ALISE/LMC Paper Award. Authors may not simultaneously submit the same paper to other ALISE competitions or venues. And currently-serving panel selectors are not eligible.
The winning author is expected to present a summary of the paper during the 2011 ALISE Conference. The paper will be scheduled into one of the ALISE Awards sessions by the conference planning committee. Winning papers subsequently published should acknowledge having received the ALISE/LMC Paper Award.
The author(s) of the winning paper must also agree to produce a version of the paper for publication in Library Media Connection. The decision to publish or not to publish will be at the discretion of the journal’s editor.

Submission Requirements
Papers, including title page, abstract (150 word maximum), and references, must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, should have one-inch margins, be in 12-point font, and should be paginated in the upper right corner of each page.
The paper should be organized as follows:

The name(s) of the author(s) must appear on the title page ONLY. The title should appear both on the title page and at the top of the page on which the abstract appears. Submissions must be received on or before 15 July 2010. Email submissions only.
Submit papers via email attachment (.doc, .pdf, or .rtf files acceptable) to:

Dr. Allison G. Kaplan

School of Library and Information Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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(608) 890-1335

Selection Process
Papers will be judged by an awards committee constituted jointly by members of the Youth Services and School Library Media SIGs, selected and convened by the previous year’s chair or co-chairs. Immediate past SIG chairs cannot serve on the selection panel. All submissions will be subject to blind review. Each immediate past SIG chair solicits and appoints 2 committee members from their respective memberships. These 4 then serve as the review panel, work independently, and render the award decision. The committee reserves the right not to make an award if the submissions are considered to be of insufficient quality.
Allison G. Kaplan, Ed.D.
Associate Faculty Associate
School of Library and Information Studies
University of Wisconsin
4263 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 890-1335
Email: agkaplan at wisc dot edu