Grants and Awards

The Friends of the Libraries support the University of Minnesota Libraries in many ways, always aiming to help the Libraries realize their vision of providing intellectual leadership and extraordinary information experiences. A key component of an outstanding library is outstanding staff. Each year, the Friends sponsor staff development grants and outstanding library student employee awards.

2016 Staff Development Grant Program – $1,000
Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries

Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Think about that idea you’ve had mulling around in the back of your mind – perhaps it’s a conference you’ve heard about, a workshop that would complement the project you’re working on, or some research you’d like to do.

  • The Friends are looking to provide financial support to two Libraries staff members — $1,000 each — who are interested in expanding their professional development in a way that both enhances their expertise and contributes to making the Libraries an even better place.
  • We welcome proposals that demonstrate a significant opportunity for professional enrichment but which fall outside general funding opportunities from the Libraries. The professional development activity must be completed between July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

Eligibility

Any Libraries staff member who works three-quarters time (75% appointment) or more in any of the following employment categories: faculty, academic professional, civil service, or bargaining unit.

Application Process

  1. Proposal Letter: Prepare a proposal letter (two pages or less) addressed to Donna Barbour-Talley, Co-Chair, Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee. The letter should include a one-paragraph answer to each of these questions:
      • What do you propose to do?
      • How will the professional development activity benefit you?
      • How will it benefit the Libraries?
      • How do you propose to share what you will learn?
      • Will this grant cover the cost of the activity? Please list the approximate cost of the activity and the source(s) of additional funding.
  2. Recommendation Letter: Obtain and attach a letter of recommendation from your supervisor endorsing your proposed activity.
  3. Application Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    Send your proposal and letter of recommendation to:
    Lanaya Stangret • Friends of the Libraries • 499 Wilson Library • stangret@umn.edu
  4. Selection: Two awards of $1,000 each will be made by the Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee, and notification of the recipients will be made by Friday, April 15, 2016.

The recipients will be honored at the Friends of the Libraries Annual Celebration on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.  All recipients will be invited to attend as guests of the Friends.


2016 Outstanding Library Student Employee Award
Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries

Think about everything our student employees do for us – big or small, their contributions make a significant impact on our ability to run smoothly and provide the best services possible. 

Nominations are now being accepted to honor our outstanding student employees with a $250 award!

The Friends of the Libraries wish to recognize three student employees who:

  • Provide continuous excellence of job performance (regular and consistent demonstration of superior performance in all job responsibilities).
  • Surpass regular job responsibilities and make unique contributions, such as exceptional actions and taking strong initiative.

Eligibility

All student employees of the Libraries who have passed probation (260 consecutive hours in a position) are eligible, regardless of position, level of responsibility, or size of unit. The student needs to be an employee at the time of nomination.

Nomination Process

Any staff member of the Libraries, regardless of employment category, may submit a nomination.

  1. Nomination Letter: Prepare a one-page nomination letter addressed to Donna Barbour-Talley, Co-Chair, Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee, that outlines:
      • What is the nominee’s job?  (Title and brief job description.)
      • What is outstanding about the nominee’s job performance and how has it benefited the department? Provide specific examples.
      • What distinguishes this student employee from others?
  2. Nomination Deadline: 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016
    Send your nomination to:
    Lanaya Stangret • Friends of the Libraries • 499 Wilson Library • stangret@umn.edu
  3. Selection: The Friends of the Libraries Awards Committee will make a selection of three student employees who will each receive a $250 award, and notification of the recipients will be made by Friday, April 15, 2016.

The recipients will be honored and presented with a certificate of excellence at the Friends of the Libraries Annual Celebration on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.  All recipients will be invited to attend as guests of the Friends


Student Photo Contest 2016
Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries

A day (and a night) in the life of the library.

Show us how you use the library — any time, any place, anywhere.

Whether inside one of our 13 libraries — or on a smart phone from your dorm room, the University Libraries support you 24/7. Capture your library experience in a photo for a chance to win prizes and have your work featured in a gallery exhibit on campus.

Prizes include $99, $75, & $50 Visa Gift Cards and a $99 gift certificate to Punch Pizza for the winner of the Student Choice Award!

Entry period is from March 1 to April 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., so start getting snappy in the Libraries!