Braverman Award – Call for Papers

Miriam Braverman Memorial Award

Presented by the Progressive Librarians Guild

Seeks papers concerned with an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION: Entrants must be Library/Information Science students attending a graduate level program in the United States or Canada. Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant, in English, and must not exceed 3,000 words. The topic of the paper should concern an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. This could include, but is not limited to, such topics as professional ethics in the age of the USA PATRIOT Act; information as a commodity; the political value choices of cataloging and indexing; the role oflibraries in bridging the information gap; democratic management systems within libraries, etc.

Each entry should include a cover sheet containing the entrant’s name, full contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), name of the institution where the entrant is enrolled, and the title of the paper. No identifying information, other than the title, should appear on the paper itself.

Entries must be submitted electronically, in MS Word or RTF format, to BOTH and The winning entry will be published in Progressive Librarian and mustconform to MLA in-text citation style.

The winning entrant will alsoreceive a $300 stipend toward attendance at the 2006 American LibraryAssociation annual conference in New Orleans, and an award at the annual PLG dinner. The judges’ decision is final. The act of submission implies the unqualified acceptance of the conditions of entry by the entrant. Entries must be received no later than 6pm EST on March 24, 2006.

Miriam Ruth Gutman Braverman (1920-2002) was a socialist, activist librarian and longstanding member of the Progressive Librarians Guild, a founder of ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table, and a proponent of the social responsibilities perspective. Miriam’s spirit of activism and faith in the power of people’s collective efforts toward social justice is what the Miriam Braverman Award is intended to foster in future generations of librarians. More information on Progressive Librarians Guild is available at

Alison M. Lewis, Chair
Braverman Award Committee

Alison M. Lewis, Ph.D.Humanities & Social Sciences
Librarian Hagerty LibraryDrexel University