Once known as the Louise Maxwell Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award is to recognize an alumnus/a who is making, or has made, an outstanding contribution to the Library Science/Information Science profession.
Only living alumni of the Indiana University ILS programs are eligible. For purposes of definition, an alumnus is any person who shall have received at least one degree (M.L.S., M.I.S., Ph.D., or Post-Master’s Specialist Degree) from the Indiana University Department of Information and Library Science or its predecessor.
The nominee does not have to be a member of the ILS Alumni Association.
All nominations will be kept in the pool for the next two award cycles, after which time they may be resubmitted.
If, in the opinion of either the Selection Committee or the Luddy AA Executive Board, no worthy candidate is nominated in a given year, the award will not be presented that year.
Nominations may be submitted by:
- Graduates of any program accredited by the American Library Association
- Any current or former member of the ILS faculty
- Anyone employed at the nominee's current place of employment
For the purpose of judging nominations, an outstanding contribution should include evidence of one or more of the following:
- Exceptional skills as information professional
- Noteworthy contributions in Library/Information Science to society at large
- Significant influence on the candidate’s place of employment, community, and profession
All nominations must include at least 1 letter of support from an individual (someone other than the nominator) who is familiar with the work of the nominee and can acknowledge at least one of the aforementioned criteria. When filling out the form, please include the name and contact info for this person. The letter(s) of support will need to be submitted by November 6 and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order for your nominee to be considered for the 2021 award, the form and letter(s) of support must be submitted by November 6, 2020.
If you have questions or issues filling out the form, please email email@example.com or call 812-855-0421.