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Illinois Library Association

Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award
Presented by the ILA Young Adult Services Forum and Sourcebooks this award honors Sharon Ball for her positive impact on young adults and Young Adult Librarians as she served as a consultant for the North Suburban Library System and beyond. She served as an advocate and inspiration to Young Adult Librarians in Illinois for years and brought Young Adult services to the forefront during her career.

Category
The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding service to young adults by a librarian serving in the state of Illinois. This annual award is presented to a professional Young Adult Librarian who is currently an ILA member. The recipient will have made an outstanding local contribution in library services to young adults in his/her community by creating and implementing library programs and services that promote a love of literature and/or instill positive feelings about libraries.

Eligibility
The recipient should be an individual working directly with young adults in a library setting. Nominees need to be a personal member of ILA. Nominees must hold a Masters of Library and Information Science. Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Members of the Young Adult Services Forum’s Awards Committee and Young Adult Services Forum Officers may not nominate an individual for this award.

Criteria
The nomination should consist of the completed ILA nomination form and a written statement of no more than one page. A maximum of three letters of reference may be included. The written statement should include:

  • Examples of innovative services and dynamic programs and/or services for teens, grades 6-12 initiated and presented by the nominee within the past two years
  • How such programs and services have benefited the library and/or its community
  • Why the nominee deserves this award

Award Winners
The recipient will receive a certificate and a $200 financial award.

Nomination Deadline
May 15

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Nomination Submissions
The nominator’s statement of support should address all criteria under the individual awards as outlined.  Nominator must submit the nomination form and attach all support statements, letters, and documentation, etc. required by the award’s criteria. ILA must receive all nominations by May 15.

See previous Young Adult LIbrarian of the Year winners.