The AAO Institutional Award is given to an archival institution that has contributed significantly to the advancement of the archival field or community, or has demonstrated a significant level of innovation and imagination in the establishment of outstanding or model programs or services. Recognition may be granted for an individual project of particular merit or for a program that integrates many facets of archival enterprise.
Examples of projects or programs open to nomination:
- Arrangement and Description (e.g., finding aid systems, information networking, guides or other published finding aids).
- Preservation Management (e.g., design, construction or upgrading of a facility, sharing of conservation skills or facilities).
- Public Programs (e.g., special exhibits or exhibition programs, publications, education or community outreach programs).