Sylvia Murphy Williams Award

In 2003, the association established an award in recognition of the late Sylvia Murphy Williams, 2002-2003 ILA President and Director of the Dundee Township Public Library.


The award provides encouragement and support to Illinois recipients of the ALA Spectrum Initiative Scholarship. The Spectrum Initiative was created to address the issues of underrepresentation of ethnic librarians within the profession and to serve as a model for ways to bring attention to other diversity issues. Awardees receive a paid registration to the current ILA Annual Conference and recognition at the annual conference award luncheon, and a featured article in an ILA publication.


Previous Sylvia Murphy Williams Award winners

2003    Alanna Aiko Moore

2004    Patrice Monique Johnson

2005    Maria Magdalena Cortez-Tafolla, LaToya Charise Eddington, Nancy Suzanne Gistover, and      Corinne Ruth Hatcher

2006    Patricia Hswe, Karam Hwang, Malino Khun, Sally Ma, Veronika Seidl, and Victoria Vanlandingham

2007    Rita Felton-Mitchell, Brenda Garcia, Jason Yamashita, Robert L. Jones, and Sarah Beth Okner

2008    Linda Sue Collins, Harriett Elizabeth Green, Deana Greenfield, Elizabeth Hernandez, Hannah Lee, Laksamee Anne Putnam, and Roy Saldana, Jr.

2009    Youngmie Han, Aaisha Haykal, Janee Jackson, Yasmeen Shorish, and Umesh Thakkar

2010    Joseph Bellanca, Felipe Alberto Castillo, Janis Elmore, Nancy Gallegos, Peter Grassman, Mosi Kamau, Leni Matthews, Karla Nielsen, Erin Prentiss, and Lisa West

2011    Barbara Abb Akvarez, Robina Button, Marissa Garcia, Lily Grant, Marika Jeffrey,  Rebecca M. King, Daniel J. Lee, and Margita Lidaka 

2012   Anthony Bishop, Liza Booker, Christina Nhek, Thomas Padilla, Charlotte Roh, and Jose Miguel Ruiz

2013   Jessica Bastian, Fanny Camargo, William K. Langston, Cecily Randle El, Katherine Rojas, and Sophie Young

2014   Alonso Avila, Lucero Gonzalez, Bradley Jermaine Kuykendall, Jhani Miller, Jerrod D. Moore, Maria Lourdes R. San Ramon, Alejandra Santana, and Jason Toms

2015   Vivian Alvarez, Anna Buck, Ariel Gonzalez, Heather Hummons, Erik Ponder, Jennifer Smith, Alice Son, and Brittany Viesca

2016   Rebecca Arriola, Elisandro Cabada, Ariel Erbacher, Jesus Espinoza, April Hummons, Jasmine Kirby, Nisha Mody, Araceli Moreno, Theodore Quiballo, Alison Rollins, Anjelica Rufus-Barnes, and Monica Tapia

2017   Marcus A. Berry, Darnetta Bolton, Jaime Bravo, Christina D. Bush, Kelly S. Campos, Sharon Han, Kristin Lansdown, Carli V. Lowe, Van McGary, Siobhan A. McKissic, Joan J. Parker, Aldo Vasquez

2018   Aicha Azzaoui, Xena Becker, Amanda V. Lopez, Katherine Sharon Lopez, Cynthia Medrano Torres, Teresa Helena Moreno, and Jennifer Patino
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