- public library librarians (deadline: October 1st)
- college, community college or university librarians (deadline: October 15th)
- school library media specialists (deadline: October 15th)
"Up to ten librarians will be honored. Each will receive $5000 and will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by The New York Times at The Times Center in December 2008." Awardees will also receive a $500 travel stipend to attend the award ceremony.