Opportunity: Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries

Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries (SPIRL) | Stanford University Libraries.


Stanford University Libraries offers a prize to recognize and celebrate innovation through programs, projects, and/or new or improved services that directly or indirectly benefit readers and users.  The goal of this prize is to single out for community attention and to celebrate functionally significant results of the innovative impulses in libraries anywhere in the world that support research. The process of consideration for making awards is sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries (SUL).  There will be a modest prize purse, with the principal emphasis of SPIRL on identifying and applauding distinguished peers in fostering better services to the research world.


Research, national, or other library that supports research activities.  Please note that SPIRL is not available to any of Stanford’s libraries.

Deadlines and submission procedures

  • All entries will be submitted online. The entry form may be found here.
  • Entries must be submitted before 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (GMT -8) on 15 January 2013. The submission deadline will be strictly observed; no exceptions will be made.
  • The entire submission shall be uploaded as one PDF not to exceed 4 MB. We request that entries be composed in English.
  • Libraries may be nominated either by the institution itself or by a third party. If the nomination is made independently of the nominee institution, Stanford will solicit a statement from the head of the institution, which will be appended as part of the package for the judges’ consideration.
  • The judges will review the materials submitted as part of their review. They may gather additional information by whatever means they wish.