Call for Nominations - 2020 C.F.W. Coker Award

  • 1.  Call for Nominations - 2020 C.F.W. Coker Award

    Posted Jan 21, 2020 09:05 AM

    Greetings, colleagues!

    It is that time of the year where we ask for your help to identify archivists and groups of archivists who have made valuable contributions to our profession. As a part of these efforts, we are looking for nominations for the C.F.W. Coker Award, which is awarded annually to an individual or group who have performed outstanding and innovative archival descriptive work.

    This descriptive work can take many forms, including: 

    1. Finding aids: including, among others, multi-institutional guides, record surveys, repository guides, special subject lists, finding aids to individual collections or records groups, and narrative descriptions of holdings.
    2. Finding aid systems: including, among others, manual or automatic indexing systems, computer databases, or current awareness systems for notifying users of holdings.
    3. Descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce more effective finding aids: including, among others, subject thesauri, authority files, data element dictionaries, manuals establishing descriptive standards, and such reference works as atlases and administrative histories.
    4. Projects that involve innovative developments in archival description: including, among others, cooperative ventures that result in the exchange of finding aid information among repositories, efforts at building national information systems, and survey projects.

    If you are aware of innovative work in any of these areas we ask that you please consider submitting a nomination (self-nominations are welcome!) via our nomination form: by February 28, 2020.

    For more information about the C.F.W. Coker Award please visit:

    If you have questions, you can contact Linda Sellars, subcommittee chair, at

    Thank you, everyone, for your consideration and time.

    The C.F.W. Coker Award Subcommittee:

    Linda Sellars (chair)

    Marcella Huggard

    Suzanne Reller

    Cyndi Shein

    Linda Sellars
    Head of Technical Services for Special Collections
    North Carolina State University Libraries
    Raleigh NC