Robert P. Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff

Presented by Reaching Forward, a professional development conference for library support staff in honor of former ILA Executive Director Robert P. Doyle, who has been a strong advocate for library staff and provided essential support for the Reaching Forward Conference.

Nominations for this award are closed.

The purpose of this award is to encourage ILA membership and support staff attendance at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference.


Open to support staff working in all types of libraries, who may nominate themselves or others.


Submit a statement, one page or less, in response to the phrase, “Why I (or my nominee) would like to attend the ILA Annual Conference and how it would affect my (their) personal and professional growth.”

Award Recipient

The recipient will receive a one-year ILA membership and full registration and expenses to attend the ILA Annual Conference, up to $800, and a framed certificate.

Nomination Deadline

March 31

Sponsor Contact

Illinois Library Association
Reaching Forward: Forum for Library Support Staff
33. W. Grand Ave., Ste. 401
Chicago, IL 60654-6799
phone: (312) 644-1896
fax: (312) 644-1899

Previous Robert P. Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff Award Recipients

2000    Wilma M. Morrill
2001    Charlette E. Broxton
2002    Patricia Horn
2003    Tara Caldara
2004    no award
2005    Elsie Martinez
2006    Judith Fischer
2007    Laura Wapole
2008    Joel Sanders
2009    Steven Larson
2010    Jan Adamczyk
2011    Sara Torrez
2012    Sayaka Suzuki
2013    Pat Barch
2014   Karen Roth
2015   Alea Perez
2016   Isabel Huerta
2017   Lynda Spraner
2018   Teresa Schwenneker
2019   Elizabeth Boden
2020   Darnetta Bolton
2021   Aaron Bryant
2022   Becky Vallejo
2023   Annette DeLuna

iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Since 1981, iREAD provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.

Visit the iREAD website »