The who, what, why, when, where and how of the Libraries Bravo Awards
Deadline for nominations: February 29, 2016
What is the Libraries Bravo Award?
The Libraries program follows University guidelines in making awards to individual Libraries employees to recognize a significant one-time contribution to the University's or the Libraries’ mission or goals. Nominations must include a description which links the accomplishment to one or more of the following award categories: Moving the University/Libraries Forward; Operational Excellence; Innovation/Creativity; Fiscal Stewardship.
How is the Libraries Bravo Award different from the awards already given in Libraries (Moriarty, Dagnese and Dean’s awards)?
The main differences are as follows:
A Libraries Bravo Award recognizes a significant one-time contribution to the University’s or Libraries mission or goals, occurring within a specific time period and clearly and significantly going beyond the requirements of the individual’s job. The Dagnese and Moriarty awards recognize contributions that may take place over an extended period of time and are closely related to the requirements of the individual’s job. The Dean’s Awards (individual and team) recognize outstanding contributions in support of strategic initiatives during longer time periods.
What are the criteria for the Libraries Bravo Awards?
Libraries Bravo Awards may be provided to eligible individuals who make significant one-time contributions to the University's or the Libraries’ mission or goals. Awards are tied to a specific message of recognition for a concrete or measurable goal, achievement or contribution which fits within one or more of the award categories set forth by the University:
Moving the University Forward
Accomplishments or contributions that transform or advance University objectives (i.e., initiatives that improve graduation rates, development of programs to measure student academic knowledge, enhancing the academic excellence of the University, improving student affordability, etc.).
Extraordinary effort during times of critical department need (e.g., contribution that clearly and significantly exceeds standard job requirements and impacts the accomplishments of important and critical business operational goals and deliverables or extraordinary performance that far exceeds expected or required performance. Managers must be able to document specific achievements and/or measurable contributions to the unit’s business based upon the employee’s exceptional performance.).
Innovative work or suggestions, well beyond standard job requirements, that significantly improve operational efficiencies, introduce a new or modified business practice or improve work process, workflow or customer service.
Significant cost saving or cost avoidance realized beyond normally expected or established standards.
What is the time period during which the accomplishment must have taken place?
May 2, 2015 through November 30, 2015. The nomination must include a statement of the time frame in which the accomplishment occurred.
What if the work toward the accomplishment began earlier than this time period?
If the accomplishment was completed and/or a significant result occurred during the period May 2, 2015, through November 30, 2015, this will be taken into consideration in evaluating the nomination.
Who is eligible to receive an award?
Regular Libraries employees (i.e., not undergraduate student workers or graduate students) who have completed at least three months of service, have no outstanding disciplinary action, and are employed when the award is paid in the final week of April 2016. Exceptions: The dean, associate deans, directors reporting directly to the dean and serving on Dean’s Council, division heads are not eligible for the awards, nor are members of the Bravo Awards Committee during their service on the committee. Teams are not eligible.
Who can nominate a Libraries employee for an award?
Libraries regular employees may make nominations.
Can I nominate myself?
Yes, self-nominations are accepted.
Can I nominate a team?
No, teams are not eligible for Libraries Bravo Awards.
Who decides which nominees will receive an award and the amount of the reward?
The Dean of Libraries appoints a Bravo Awards Committee (BAC) to review nominations and to advise on awards with the membership composed of the chairs of the Libraries Clerical Service Advisory Committee (LCSSAC), the Libraries Administrative Professional Advisory Committee (LAPSAC), and the Libraries Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC); and the Associate Dean for Planning and Administration, who chairs the committee. Present members are Dianna Deputy, Amy Winks, Vicki Killion and Nancy Hewison. The Libraries Bravo Awards Committee reviews nominations, including supervisors’ statements explaining why the nomination merits an award, and makes recommendations to the Dean of Libraries. The Dean makes the final decision to grant an award and decides on the amount of the award.
Where can I get more information? The following questions are answered in an expanded version of this article, which you will find on the Libraries Awards page of the intranet:
- What steps do I need to take to nominate someone for an award?
- What do I, as a supervisor, need to do when I receive a Bravo Award nomination form for an employee who reports directly to me?
- Why did the University develop the Bravo Award?
- Who provides the funding for Bravo Awards?
- If I’m given a Libraries Bravo Award, how will I receive the monetary award?
Who can I ask if I have questions about the Libraries Bravo Award, including the nomination and supervisor steps?
Please contact Nancy Hewison, associate dean for planning and administration, email@example.com.