Chicago Area Archivist Awards

Member of the Year
Janet Olson Award

Member of the Year

Award Description

This annual award recognizes excellence in service to Chicago Area Archivists. In particular, it highlights members who contribute to the goals and activities of the organization in roles outside of Steering Committee and Subcommittee chairs.

This award is meant to recognize excellence within CAA; it is meant for CAA members who have gone above and beyond to serve the organization. In particular, it is meant to award those working behind the scenes, so current chairs of Steering or of Subcommittees are not eligible. Though this is really meant for individual members, there may also be nominations for projects or groups consisting of a 2-3 CAA members. Winners will be announced at the CAA members meeting in March and we will recognize you here on the website.

Nomination Guidelines

Though meant to recognize the efforts of individual members, there may also be nominations for projects or groups consisting of up to three CAA members.

Nominees must be CAA members in good standing who have gone above and beyond to serve the organization. In particular, this award meant to award those working behind the scenes, so current chairs of Steering or of Subcommittees are not eligible. CAA will email the membership when they are accepting nominations (generally after January 1). The CAA Outreach Subcommittee will coordinate an ad hoc awards committee responsible for reviewing submissions and conferring the award.

If you would like to nominate a CAA member, please email info@chicagoarchivists.org with the name of the nominee and a brief paragraph explaining why they should be CAA Member of the Year nominated by February 15.

Past Winners

Amy Belotti and Sarah Yarrito - 2017

Janet Olson Award

Award Description

The Janet Olson Award was created by Chicago Area Archivists in honor of longtime member Janet Olson for her significant contributions to the organization over many years of service. Janet’s dedication to the archival profession has notably advanced the goals of the Chicago Area Archivists.

This is not an annual award, but much like a lifetime achievement award will be presented to a CAA member when warranted to recognize service to Chicago Area Archivists and its members over time.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominees must have a history of significant contributions to CAA and should have worked to ensure its continuing existence and its success in meeting its goal to further the professional development of archivists in and around Chicago.

Nominations may be submitted at any time to info@chicagoarchivists.org. The CAA Outreach Subcommittee will coordinate an ad hoc awards committee responsible for reviewing submissions and conferring the award.When submissions meet the criteria for bestowing the award, the nominee will be notified and the award will be presented at the annual members meeting in March. In order to submit a candidate for consideration for the annual meeting in March, applications must be received by January 15th of that year.

If you would like to nominate a CAA member, please include a letter outlining his or her contributions and achievements, as well as any documentation that you find relevant. Do note that the nominee must be a CAA member in good standing. Members cannot self-nominate.

Past Winners

Janet Olson - 2014 (bio)

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