The Alexandre Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries
Given annually by Library Juice Press, the Vattemare Award recognizes contributions in the LIS field that are marked by originality, creative energy, and novel combinations of ideas. Considerations in selecting the awardee are their creation of new possibilities for libraries and library workers, the creation of new means of benefiting the community that the library serves, and the ultimate success of these efforts. The award is open to librarians, other library workers, and community members (in any country). The award may be given to an individual or a group, based on a particular project or creative work over an extended period. Entries may be repeated in subsequent years.
The award consists of $1000 and a framed certificate.
Nominations should include a letter and sufficient materials for evaluation; more is better. Nominations are due on June 1st of each year. Materials may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexandre Vattemare, the remarkable 19th century ventriloquist and pioneer of library resource sharing, is the inspiration for the award.
2023 Tredyffrin Public Library, for creating their “Remixed Classics” program.
2022: Confidential award. It’s an international organization that wants to stay under the radar in the country where it is active.
2021: Samip Mallick of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), for the project of that name.
2020: Jesse Carliner and Kyla Everall of the University of Toronto, for their work as creators of the Library’s Family Study Space.
2019: Kristy Bowen and Jennifer Sauzer of Columbia College Chicago, in recognition of their work as creators of the Aesthetics of Research initiative.
2018: Betsy Diamant-Cohen, in recognition of her work as the creator and Executive Director of the early literacy program, Mother Goose on the Loose.