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James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award

Purpose The James Partridge Award is presented annually to an outstanding African American Information Professional in honor of contributions made to the information profession.
Eligibility A nominee must, at the time of nomination, be working in a library, information center, archive, library/information science association, government agency or research center, or in library/information science education. A nominee must possess a professional degree from an ALA accredited program of library/information science.
Criteria James Partridge, for whom the award is named, was a true advocate for the right of all people to read and to learn. His life-long dedication was without accolades and the deserved level of recognition.

A nominee must, like James Partridge, exemplify the highest ideals of the library/information profession including, career-long dedicated service, leadership and a commitment to the empowerment of those whom they serve.

Nominations Nomination of candidates and selection of the award recipient is made by the James Partridge Award Committee, appointed by the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland College Park.
Presentation The award is presented each November during the Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library & Information Science (CIDLIS), which is hosted by the College of Information Studies on the University of Maryland campus. Citizens for Maryland Libraries maintains the investment fund and provides a framed certificate and check for $250.00 to the award recipient at the event.
Deadline The call for nominations is distributed in August and specifies the deadline in October when nominations must be received by the committee chair.
Past Recipients 2017      Ruby Jaby
2016      Arthuree Wright
2015      Wayne Crocker
2014      Dr. Janet Sims-Wood
2012      Michelle Hamiel, Johnnique Love
2009      Jacquelyn Nixon Purnell
2008      Glennor Shirley
2007      Sarah Crest
2006      Dr. Thomas C. Battle
2005      Karen Patterson
2003      Karen L. Jefferson
2002      Nettie Seaberry
2001      Satia Marshall Orange
2000      Gregory L. Reese
1999      Simmona Simmons-Hodo
1998      James Partridge

Learn more about the award and perspectives of the recipients in the publication, Celebrating the James Partridge Award: Essays Toward the Development of a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Field of Library and Information Science, edited by Diane L. Barlow, and Paul T. Jaeger, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2016.

Make a Donation

Please help fund the James Partridge Award with your tax free gift. Mail your check, made payable to Citizens for Maryland Libraries. Address to Citizens for Maryland Libraries, PO Box 18213, Halethorpe, MD 21227. Please note on the check, "Partridge Award."

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