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Call for submissions for the LITA / Ex Libris Student Writing Award

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is February 28, 2018.

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The purpose of the award is to recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development of students. The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. Examples include digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and publishing, open source software, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, online catalogs, and universal access to technology.

To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited program in library and information studies at the masters or PhD level, follow the detailed guidelines, and fill out the application form (PDF). Submission guidelines are available at: Send the signed, completed forms electronically no later than February 28, 2018, to the Award Committee Chair, Eric Phetteplace at

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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