How to Launch an Author Awards Program at Your Library
Curating Self-Published Books, Reaching Out to the Community
by Julianne Stam and Elizabeth Clemmons, Editors
December 2015, 143pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4164-4
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If you’re ready to launch an exciting program at your library that will tap into the immense popularity of self-publishing and engage the community, you need this book.

Establishing an awards program for self-published authors offers libraries new ways to bolster their relevance and expand upon their roles as curators and "keepers of story." This guide shows you how.

For many reasons, up until now librarians have ignored the nearly half-million self-published books available for purchase. This book details how to find and promote librarian-curated, self-published books, covering every step in the process—from assembling a committee and recruiting judges to soliciting submissions, handling the nominated authors, judging the entries, and promoting the contest and contest winner.

Written by the founding members of the Soon-to-be-Famous Illinois Author Project, the first librarian-curated award for self-published works, this book shows you how to use the process outlined by these library marketing professionals to run a successful author awards program. You can also apply their proven methods and tools to evaluate self-published books written by local authors that you are considering adding to your collections.


  • Offers practical, step-by-step guidelines for librarians wishing to launch a librarian-curated, self-publishing author award program
  • Inspires librarians to explore a new area of service and maintain their libraries' relevance
  • Describes how to position librarians in a new leadership role with curation, eBooks, and self publishing to better engage their communities
Julianne Stam, MBA, MLIS, is the marketing specialist at Eisenhower Public Library District in Harwood Heights, IL. She holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing research from DePaul University. She also has her MLIS from Drexel University's iSchool. Stam is a member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, and the Illinois Library Association. She has presented programs at the American Library Association and Internet Librarian conferences and is the cofounder and a member of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project.

Elizabeth Clemmons is the public relations coordinator at Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, IL. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. A former journalist and editor, she is currently pursuing an MLIS degree from Dominican University. She is the cofounder and a member of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project.

For their efforts on the Soon to Be Famous Author Project, Julianne Stam, Elizabeth Clemmons, and their libraries are recipients of a 2015 John Cotton Dana Award, the most prestigious award given by the American Library Association.


John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award —American Library Association, June 1, 2015


"The editors seem to have thought of everything connected with such an involved contest and have broken it down into step-by-step processes. The result is a project that can be replicated for almost any type of author contest."—VOYA, March 17, 2016

"This book will be of interest to public, school, and academic librarians who seek current program ideas and want to enhance their knowledge of this popular trend in publishing. Highly recommended."—ARBA, August 31, 2016
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