The Thurston plaque recognizes a contribution to the professional literature by a practicing documents or other librarian which improves access to government information at the international, Federal, state, or local level. Membership in GODORT of Michigan is not required.

The award is presented in the memory of Paul W. Thurston, who set exemplary professional standards during his career as a documents librarian. It is the hope of GODORT of Michigan that the award will encourage others in both new and ongoing contributions to the documents literature.


The contribution should have been published within the past three years. Electronic publication is acceptable. If unpublished, it should have been completed in the past three years.

Nominations must include or be followed by a letter of support. This letter should include the name and address of the nominee, present place of employment, a sample of the nominee's work, and the nominating source (person and/or organization).


Nominations and the accompanying materials for the Thurston Award should be submitted to the Director-at-Large of Godort of Michigan by February 28 of the calendar year the award would be made. If a person is selected to receive the award, it is presented at the GODORT Annual Business Meeting held in conjunction with the American Library Association Annual Conference.

Past recipients of the Thurston Award include :

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Last revised: 11/18/07