The NAG Award for Excellence

Entries are sought for National Acquisitions Group Excellence Award, sponsored by Nielsen

The National Acquisitions Group makes an annual award designed to promote excellence, original thinking and innovation by a library or individual within the field of Acquisitions. The NAG excellence award is in its third year and is awarded at NAG annual conference held this year in York. The award is sponsored by Nielsen BookData.

Entries are now open and nominations of up to 250 words can be sent by e-mail to the NAG Office ( The nomination should provide the name(s) of those involved, the organisation they work for, explain the changes introduced and the benefits these gave to the library and its users. Please note that the nominee(s) need to be members of NAG, individually or through their organisation.

The closing date is 14th June 2013, and the winner will be chosen by the NAG Executive Committee and will be presented at the 2013 NAG Conference. The winning submission will also feature in an article in Taking Stock and on the NAG website.

To give a flavour of previous winners, the 2011 winner was the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea who demonstrated good practice in the wider field of stock selection as well as the technical side of acquisition. Sue Wills and her team drew on her earlier experience of working with the public in a museum setting to work with various sections of the public library community. Stock was chosen for several different projects across the borough. This project was successful because it was wide ranging as well as innovative. It showed work with the public as well as professionals, and an interesting example of user consultation and interaction.

The 2012 winners – Graham Stone, Dave Pattern and Briony Heyhoe-Pullar representing the University of Huddersfield – collected the award for their innovative approach to academic reading lists – MyReading. One of the keys success factors of this project was the ability to integrate with, and to extract data from, the various systems and suppliers that the library uses thus demonstrating original thinking, innovation and use of standards which is at the heart of this award.

Karen Carden, Chair

NAG Executive Committee.

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