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Libraries Call For Submissions For Student Awards


The UMass Amherst Libraries invite submissions for two student awards: the Emily Silverman Book Collecting Contest for undergraduates and graduate students, and the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award. The deadline for both contests is March 1, 2013. Winners will be announced in early April and first place recipients will receive their awards at the Library’s Dinner with Friends on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Submission guidelines and evaluation criteria for both awards are available at:

The fourth annual Emily Silverman Book Collecting Contest celebrates reading and the pleasure of creating personal book collections around a theme or interest. UMass Amherst undergraduates and graduate students are invited to participate. Entries should consist of an essay describing the collection and an annotated bibliography. There will be two first-place awards of $1,000 ($750 and a $250 gift certificate to the Brattle Book Shop), for both the undergraduate and graduate winners. The recipients may be invited to display selected items from their collections in an exhibit in the Du Bois Library.

The fifth annual Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award (FLURA) recognizes excellence in the use of primary sources in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers or projects that represent work completed for a class or independent study in any field within the 18 months prior to the application deadline of March 1, 2013 and while the student was enrolled as an undergraduate at UMass Amherst. The first place recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship and there is an honorable mention award of a $250 scholarship. Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) will post the winning papers/projects to and add them to the University Archives.

A primary source is a record of an event, an occurrence, or a time period produced by a participant or observer at the time, such as letters, diaries, writings, speeches, photographs, and scrapbooks, or the historic records (archives) of an organization (such as correspondence, memoranda, minutes, annual reports, etc.). Primary sources can also include government documents, artwork, artifacts, maps, music, audiovisual materials (film, audio and video tape), and computer files.

The awards are sponsored by the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries, the Library Director’s Council, and the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Prizes are made possible thanks to generous donations from Friends of the Libraries. Panels of faculty and community experts will judge the anonymous entries.

For more information, contact Special Collections at