Nomination Process

Nominations will be accepted and processed as follows:

  • June–January: Nominations are accepted online until midnight on January 31.
  • February–March: CRL’s  Collection and Services Policy Committee reviews all eligible applications.
  • April:  Awardees and their nominators are notified. Primary Source Awards are announced during CRL’s Council of Voting Members Annual Meeting in April, and announced in CRL's FOCUS publication.


Persons nominated for Primary Source Awards must be librarians, faculty members (includes adjunt faculty, instructors, graduate assistants), graduate students, or administrators at CRL member institutions. Projects or scholarly products must have been initiated or completed within two years of the submission deadline. Self-nominations are welcome.

Runner-up entries are automatically entered for the following year’s selection process.

Review and Evaluation

The Collections and Services Policy Committee, which is comprised of nine individuals from CRL institutions and chaired by a CRL board member, reviews all the eligible applications for the Primary Source Awards. Committee members must recuse themselves if nominees from their institution are under consideration for an award.

Award Announcements and Awards

The Primary Source Awardees and their nominators will be announced at the CRL Council of Voting Members Annual Meeting, and will be notified prior to the meeting. The awardees will also be recognized through other appropriate media.

Awardees may select either an Apple iPad mini or $500 gift certificate from Powell's Books; nominators receive a $300 Powell's gift certificate.