Selection Criteria for Professional Development Awards

Primary Criteria:

Enrichment opportunity for the candidate:

  • Demonstrated uniqueness of opportunity offered by award
  • Demonstrated relevance of the professional development opportunity to the candidate and to their library community
  • Clear explanation of how the money will be spent.


Additional Criteria:

Candidate’s contributions to ABQLA or the broader library and information sector, e.g:

  • Demonstrated contributions to or involvement in the library and information sector (e.g. volunteering, work experience, professional development activities).
  • Demonstrated contributions to the activities of ABQLA or of another library association
  • Demonstrated participation in the activities of the ABQLA or of another library association
  • Demonstrated potential for contributions to ABQLA
  • Professional publications and/or conference presentations.
  • Previous awards, honours and/or commendations
  • Quality of application package, eg:
    • Completeness of answers to all questions
    • Quality of writing in proposal form
    • Relevance of recommendation
    • Presentation of CV.