The Miriam Braveman Memorial Prize
The Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize is awarded
each year by the Progressive Librarians Guild for the best
paper about some aspect of the social responsibilities of
librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to
archivists, archives, and archival work are also eligible.
The award honors Miriam
Ruth Gutman Braverman (1920-2002), who was a
socialist, writer, activist librarian, and longstanding
member of the Progressive Librarians Guild, a founder of the
ALA's Social Responsibilities Round Table, and a proponent
of the social responsibilities perspective. The award is
intended to celebrate Miriam's spirit of activism and faith
in the power of people's collective social justice efforts
and inspire future generations of librarians. The award has
been given annually since 2003.
The winning paper will be published in the summer issue of Progressive Librarian. The prize winner will also receive a $500 stipend to help offset the cost of travel to and from the American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference. The award will be presented at the annual PLG dinner at ALA, and the winner is invited to present their paper at the PLG meeting. In addition, the winner will be provided a press pass for the conference, allowing for free entry to sessions and the exhibition floor, with the expectation that they will write a short reflection for publication by PLG.
1. Contestants must be library and/or information science students attending a graduate-level program in the United States or Canada. Contestants may not have finished their coursework earlier than December 2014.
3. To facilitate the blind review process, each entry must include a cover sheet providing the contestant's name, full contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), name of the institution where the contestant is enrolled, and the title of the paper. No identifying information, other than the title, should appear on the paper itself.
4. Entries must be submitted electronically, in PDF format, to bravermansubmissions at gmail.com. Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on international workers’ day, or May Day, May 1, 2015.
5. The $500 stipend is available only to help defray the cost of ALA conference attendance in the winning year; if the winner of the contest is unable to attend, the money will remain in the Braverman Prize endowment fund and may be donated to an information and communication technology social justice-related NGO at the discretion of the selection committee.
Any questions regarding the contest or the selection process can be directed to the chairs of the selection committee, Margaret Browndorf and Kelly McElroy.