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By Megan McClure

Hundreds of documents are produced every year through the work of state legislatures or to help support them.

2018 notable document winnerNCSL and the Legislative Research Librarians (LRL) staff professional association are on the hunt for documents that go above and beyond and stand out from the fray!

Have you or someone else in your state produced what you consider to be an outstanding document?

Don't hide its brilliance! Submit it to NCSL's 2020 Notable Documents Awards competition. (Pictured is a 2018 winner from Nebraska)

Each year the LRL sponsors the competition for outstanding state and legislative documents. The deadline for submissions is April 30.

Any state or legislative document published in the last two years is eligible. Submissions are generally made through each state’s legislative or state librarian, but any legislative staff may submit documents.

The Notable Documents Awards:

  • Formally recognize excellence in state or legislative documents that explore topics of contemporary or historic interest to legislators and staff.
  • Showcase innovative formats and presentations of substantive material.
  • Advertise the extensive range of information available to legislators and staff.
  • Promote the exchange of information with other states.

Elizabeth Lincoln, director of the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, is the chair of this year’s Notable Documents Committee.

Using a scorecard, committee members evaluate each document on specific criteria, including relevance, organization and clarity, effective use of graphics, innovation, balance, and expansion of the base of knowledge on a particular subject.

Winners are selected from the highest-rated documents. Certificates and bragging rights are awarded to authors of the winning documents during the NCSL Legislative Summit.

Visit the Notable Documents Awards page for more details on criteria, the submission form and a list of past winning documents. For more information about the LRL Notable Documents Awards, please contact Megan McClure.

Megan McClure is the NCSL staff liaison to the Legislative Research Librarians association.

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