World Book, Inc. and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced the creation of the World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award, which will provide a combined $10,000 annually to a promising public library and a promising school library literacy program.
The purpose of the World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award is to encourage innovative and effective information literacy programs in schools as well as public libraries, particularly programs focused on users who are likely to need the most help to obtain access to information, in print or digital form, and to evaluate the quality of the information available to them. Information literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and effectively use information.
The World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award replaces the World Book-ALA Goal Grant Award. Established in 1960, this award has supported nearly 60 research projects advancing library services over the years.
The first World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award will be presented at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. Nominations will be taken from June 1 through Dec. 1, 2008; the form will be available on the ALA Awards Web site (http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=awards).
Two recipient programs will be designated annually: one public library or public library system program and one school library program. Each will receive a $5,000 honorarium.
Source: World Book, Inc., www.worldbook.com