CRL Primary Source Awards

“Strikers March, Passaic Textile Strike, 1926.” Over 15,000 New Jersey mill workers in first Communist-led work stoppage in the U.S. American Labor Museum Collection. Courtesy of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries. Social Welfare History Image Portal.

The Center for Research Libraries first created the CRL Primary Source Awards in 2009 to recognize innovative uses of primary source materials by faculty, librarians and library staff, students, and other researchers in the CRL community. Nominations are accepted in three areas: access, research, and teaching. This year the CRL Collections and Services Policy Committee recognized noteworthy work in only two of the categories, access and research, because no entries were received in the teaching category. The following were selected for recognition.

2019 Award for Access

“Texas Borderlands Newspaper Collection”

Mark E. Phillips, Associate Dean for Digital Libraries, University of North Texas Libraries

Nominated by: Dreanna Belden, Assistant Dean for External Relations, University of North Texas Libraries

2019 Award for Research

“Mapping Consumers in the Black South African Press”

Katie Carline, PhD Candidate, Michigan State University

Nominated by: Ethan Watrall, Assistant Professor/Associate Director, MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences, Michigan State University

2020 CRL Primary Source Awards

Nominations for the 2020 awards are now open; the CRL website has details. Faculty and staff at CRL libraries are encouraged to consider nominating staff, faculty, or researchers as candidates for these awards; self-nominations are welcome.