Thursday, September 2, 2010

NCSLA Announces $1000 Paper Award - Sara Aull Paper Competition


Each year the North Carolina Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (NCSLA) sponsors the Sara Aull Student Paper Award. This competition recognizes the best student paper of publishable quality relating to special libraries. The winner of the Sara Aull Student Paper Award receives the following:
  • A $1000 cash prize, to be presented at the NCSLA annual banquet Dec. 2, 2010 at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill
  • An abstract of his/her paper published on the NCSLA Web site and distributed through NCSLA Communicates!, the Chapter newsletter.
  • You must either be currently enrolled in a Master of Library Science or Master of Information Science program within the State of North Carolina – OR – have graduated from such a program within 12 months prior to the submission deadline.
  • The paper should be 5,000 words or less. (In some cases exceptions can be made for longer papers, if given prior permission by the award committee.) It should not have been previously published, nor should it be currently under consideration for publication.
  • The paper will be judged on originality, professional significance, clarity of expression, and relevance to the field of special librarianship.
  • The award will be presented at the NCSLA Annual Banquet
  • The paper may be considered for online publication on the NCSLA Web site and may also be submitted to other publications by the author.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to enter this competition that recognizes the importance of adding to the literature of the field of special librarianship and, as such, rewards students for excellence in writing.


This award was initiated in 1981 to honor Sara Aull who served as editor of the NCSLA Bulletin from 1975 to 1981. Sara had been an active member of the Special Libraries Association from 1952 (then as Science Librarian at the University of Houston in Texas) until her death in January 1998 in Landis, NC. In 1973 Sara Aull received the honor of being inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame.


Papers must be received by the awards committee no later than 5 PM, Friday, November 26, 2010, and may be submitted electronically (please submit as a Word document) to Jill Robinson Morris at


Contact Jill Robinson, NCSLA Student Academic Relations Chair, at or (919) 513.0447.

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