The deadline is fast approaching (December 15) for nominations for the ABC-CLIO Online History Award. It consists of $2,500 donated by ABC-CLIO, a publisher of reference materials in the field of history, and a citation. The award recognizes the accomplishments of a person or a group of people producing (1) a freely available online historical collection, or (2) an online tool tailored for the purpose of finding historical materials, or (3) an online teaching aid stimulating creative historical scholarship.
The award seeks to encourage the development of freely available, sustainable online history resources by singling out innovative projects and the individuals who created them. Projects shall have been completed (or, in the case of a regularly updated database, well established) in the two years prior to nomination and serve as a model for broader emulation. Examples can include:
- Primary sources digitized from the collections of more than one repository
- Guides to research on an historical subject that span multiple formats and repositories
- Databases incorporating citations, annotations, text, multimedia, and/or hyperlinks
- Presentations of an historical theme stimulating new approaches to its teaching
Some past recipients are:
- 2011. Stephen Robertson, Shane White, Stephen Garton and Graham White, University of Sydney, Australia for Digital Harlem: Everyday Life, 1915-1930.
- 2009. Ken Middleton, Middle Tennessee State University, for Discovering American Women's History Online.
- 2007. Faith Jones, head of Literature and Language Collection, Mid-Manhattan Library, the New York Public Library, for The Yizkor Books Project
- 2005. Oregon Historical Society for the Oregon History Project
For more information, please visit the Reference and User Services (RUSA) webpage for the award. <http://www.ala.org/rusa/awards/abcclio>. The short nomination form is at http://www.ala.org/rusa/sites/ala.org.rusa/files/content/awards/abcclio/abcclio.pdf