Time to nominate a co-worker for the 2016 LITS Significant Contribution Award

Photo illustration of a golden trophyNominations are currently being sought for 2016 LITS Significant Contribution Awards. Many of our employees have made key milestone contributions toward LITS objectives or Emory’s mission during fiscal year 2016. If you happen to work with, or manage, someone who has made such a contribution, please document the details of this achievement on the nomination form (sent to staff on September 16) and submit your nomination to Khadijah Muhammad at khadijah [dot] muhammad [at] emory [dot] edu by Friday, September 30.

A committee comprised of LITS Directors, Library Cabinet members, and Human Resources will review the nominations and determine award recipients.

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers that will help explain the nature of this award program, and further details are outlined in the attached nomination form.

What is the LITS Significant Contribution Award?

It is formal recognition of individuals or teams who have made significant contributions to the achievement of LITS objectives and/or Emory’s mission over the past year. This particular award program is modeled after the Emory Award of Distinction, with a few modifications to fit the unique needs and culture of our division.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

With the exception of Directors, Library Cabinet members, and student employees, all LITS employees are eligible and nominations can be submitted by any LITS employee. Also, teams as well as individuals can be nominated. Please note however that any nominations under the category of “Leadership” should recognize the work of an individual.

What is the eligible timeframe for these awards?

Nominations should be for contributions made during the 2016 fiscal year (September 2015 – August 2016).

What are the award categories?

LITS employees can be nominated in any of the following categories (see the attached nomination form for definitions of each award category):

  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Operational Excellence/Exceptional Service
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Community Relations/Citizenship
  • Leadership

What will the award entail?

Award recipients will be publicly recognized at an upcoming LITS all-hands meeting, invited to attend a special post-meeting reception in their honor, and will receive a physical award to recognize their contribution, along with a modest cash award in accordance with program guidelines.

How is this different from the Significant Contribution Awards issued by the Library in the past?

It’s similar in general concept to the program that had existed previously in the library. However, the award categories have been modified somewhat and there are no limits or quotas on the number of award recipients per category.

Are there other rewards and recognition programs available within LITS?

Yes, managers also have the option of awarding spot bonuses, gift cards, or merchandise to reward extra effort, exceptional service, innovation and other key performance contributions. Spot awards can be issued at any time of year, generally as close to the nominating event as possible. Award size and type will vary based on the contribution and can be approved by department Directors or Library Cabinet members, and administered by LITS Human Resources.

Thank you for your consideration as we look forward to recognizing the great work that is being done throughout the division. Please let me know if you have questions.

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