TLA GODORT/MARCIVE "Knowledge is Power" Award

A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governours, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
-– James Madison

Purpose: The TLA GODORT/MARCIVE "Knowledge is Power" Award recognizes an individual who is an outstanding government documents librarian and/or an active supporter and advocate for the use of government information in education, research, and/or commerce. Active support of government information access can take the form of giving presentations, publishing scholarly papers, developing web resources, or performing any other appropriate creative activity. The award recognizes past as well as present government information involvement.

Sponsorship: MARCIVE, Inc., of San Antonio, Texas, sponsors the award with a $400 donation to the award recipient.

Eligibility: Nominees must work with government information at least 50 percent of their time (as stated in their position description) or at least 50 percent in the government documents section of their library. Individuals who formerly worked with government documents are eligible if their previous involvement meets the same criteria. All nominees must be members of TLA GODORT. The award is not restricted to residents of Texas or professional librarians. An individual may be nominated several times, but is eligible to receive the award only once during her or his career. The winner of the award is expected to attend a GODORT program at the annual TLA conference to receive the award.

Nomination Procedure: Any TLA member may make nominations, and individuals may self-nominate for the award. Nominations are to be submitted usually by February 1 of each year, although this deadline may be extended. Nominations should be submitted to the chair of the TLA GODORT Awards Committee. Calls for nominations should be announced each year in the fall issues of Lone Star Docs and TLA CAST. A nominations form is available on the TLA GODORT Awards web page, and nominations may be placed electronically. (The nomination form is available in docx and PDF formats.) The Awards Committee is responsible for placing the applications in the above-mentioned periodicals and on the web site and for any other advertising that it decides is appropriate.

Awards Committee: The Awards Committee shall consist of one member, who shall be appointed by the TLA GODORT Chair, and who shall act as the Chair of the Awards Committee, and at least one additional member. The additional member or members shall be appointed by the Chair of the Awards Committee. Awards Committee members are ineligible for the award in a year when they serve on the committee.

Selection: A recipient shall be selected only when the Awards Committee believes an award is justified. After reviewing all applications each year, the Committee shall notify the Chair of TLA GODORT that a selection has been made or that there will be no award given. If an award is to be given, the Committee shall send an announcement about the award recipient, appropriate to be used as a press release, to the TLA Office. The Committee shall plan a brief awards ceremony and present the award at the TLA Annual Conference during a program sponsored by TLA GODORT. The recipient shall receive a plaque and a $400 award from MARCIVE, Inc. Recipients shall be announced on the TLA GODORT web site as soon as possible after Annual Conference. 

 

2014 - Suzanne Sears, University of North Texas

2014 "Knowledge is Power" award recipient Suzanne Sears displays her plaque
Suzanne Sears, 2014 "Knowledge is Power" award recipient, with her plaque

2013 - no award given

2012 - no award given

2011 - Victoria Packard, Texas A&M University - Kingsville

Victoria Lynn Packard displays her 2011 "Knowledge is Power" award
Victoria Lynn Packard displays her 2011 "Knowledge is Power" award

2010 - Theresa S. Hefner-Babb, Lamar University

Janifer Meldrum of MARCIVE, Inc. (on left), with 2010 "Knowledge is Power" award winner Theresa S. Hefner-Babb (on right)
Janifer Meldrum of MARCIVE, Inc. (on left), with 2010 "Knowledge is Power" award winner Theresa S. Hefner-Babb (on right)

2009 - no award given

2008 - no award given

2007 - Coby Condrey, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Richard Smith congratulates Coby Condrey
Richard Smith of MARCIVE, Inc. congratulating Coby N. Condrey and awarding him the 2007 "Knowledge is Power" Award

2006 - no award given

2005 - no award given

2004 - no award given

2003 - Cathy Nelson Hartman, University of North Texas

Joan Chapa presents plaque to Cathy Nelson Hartman
Joan Chapa of MARCIVE, Inc. presents Cathy Nelson Hartman with the 2003 "Knowledge is Power" Award

2002 - Bonnie Grobar, formerly at Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Richard Smith presents plaque to Bonnie Grobar
Richard Smith of MARCIVE, Inc. presents the 2002 "Knowledge is Power" Award to Bonnie Grobar

2001 - Tom Rohrig, Texas Tech University

Janifer Meldrum congratulates Tom Rohrig
Janifer Meldrum of MARCIVE, Inc. congratulates the 2001 "Knowledge is Power" Award Winner, Tom Rohrig

2000 - Melody Kelly, University of North Texas

Richard Smith and Joan Chapa of MARCIVE, Inc. with Knowledge is Power Award Winner Melody Kelly
Richard Smith and Joan Chapa of MARCIVE, Inc. with "Knowledge is Power" Award Winner, Melody Kelly
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Created on Sep 22, 2010 | Last updated May 18, 2014