Did you do
something amazing at work in 2012? Apply
today for the SLA Minnesota Innovation
in Action award! Applications are now being
accepted through January 25th, 2013.
AWARD NAME: Innovation in Action Award
AWARD AMOUNT: $100
PURPOSE: The Innovation in Action Award recognizes an information professional or team of information professionals who has initiated and implemented new processes or programs to enhance their own information organizations or who has enhanced the profession through chapter activities.
Applicants/nominees must be active members in good standing of the Minnesota Chapter.
Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by an active member of the Chapter.
Winners may not receive the award two consecutive years; however, they may win the following year as part of a team effort.
The selected initiative must have been completed within a 2-year period prior to December 31st, 2012.
Winners must agree to serve on the Awards Committee in 2012.
Winners must agree to present the initiative to the Chapter via meeting presentation or a written report on the webpage or Chapter newsletter.
Applications will not carry over from one year to the next; however applicants may resubmit their applications.
Members of the Awards Committee and their organizations are not eligible.
The Award review process will take place annually; however, there is no requirement that the award be given every year.
All applications must be accompanied by an overview of initiative not to exceed 5 typewritten pages. Special efforts should be made to address goals expected from the initiative, the process used to accomplish the initiative, and actual benefits accrued to the information organization and/or chapter as a result of the initiative.
Nomination forms and letters of support from the applicant's organization should be received by the Past-President, Rachel Wangerin, email@example.com by Friday, January 25th.
The Awards Committee will consist of the Past-President (who will be the committee chair) and winners from the previous calendar year of the Innovation in Action award, professional development awards, and conference award.
Upon receipt of the Award applications, the Awards Committee will review all applications and complete interviews with applicants as needed concerning the initiative.
The Awards Committee will select a winner and present its selection to the Board of Directors.
The Award recipient will be notified by early February and will be awarded at the 2012 Night of Honors chapter meeting (held in the first quarter of 2013).
Significance and/or challenge of the initiative to the organization.
Quality of the plan developed.
Impact of the project and benefits to the organization and clients.
Measurable goals and results demonstrated.
Involvement of team/work group.
Documented new processes or products.
Detail in nomination form.
Interview quality (if applicable).
Selection criteria will focus on the challenge of the initiative, its impact on the organization, and the benefits ultimately achieved.
The work of the Awards Committee is confidential, and as such, all documentation will be destroyed after the annual selection process.
Recent winners include:
2011 – Sheila Hatchell and her team at MnDOT Library for their “Extreme Makeover, Library Edition”.
2010 - Margaret Ostrander and Kat Jayne of Thomson Reuters for their user experience testing initiative
2009 - Betsy Haugen and Mike Schatz of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
Application: (to be filled out and sent to the Past President, Rachel Wangerin firstname.lastname@example.org)
Award Name: Innovation in Action
Application Deadline: January 25th, 2013
Name of Nominee:
Nominee Contact Information:
Minnesota Chapter SLA Membership Status (Yes/No)
Name of Nominator:
Nominator Contact Information:
Questions/Essays/Information supporting nomination:
Briefly describe the issue involved and why this issue was chosen.
What prompted you to work on this?
How did the initiative/project come about?
What goals were you trying to achieve? What problems were you trying to solve?
What products, documents, new services came out of the project?
How did it change the way you do things in your department or organization?
What have been the benefits to your customers? To your parent organization?
How have you quantified/measured it?
Describe your written plans, action steps, progress reports and/or final reports of this project.
Did you involve others in your work group/department? If so, how? Were they aware of the project, and did they have a role to play in meeting the goal?
What obstacles did you face?
Resistance to change/inertia
Competition and/or turf issues
What did you learn?
What would you have done differently?
Most recent application: _______________________