Presented by the Illinois Library Association and Demco.
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Review the Criteria and Eligibility below.
This award recognizes a library, library consortium, or library system's achievement in planning and implementing an innovative or creative program or service, which has had measurable impact on its users. The purpose of this award is to encourage innovation by highlighting the overall activities of a library (including staff, administration, governance, and volunteers) in successfully marshalling its resources to benefit its users.
Libraries, library consortiums, or library systems of any size and type are eligible for this award.
- The recipient must be a library rather than an individual.
- The nominee will have designed and executed an innovative or creative program or service.
- The program or service must have had a measurable impact on its users.
- Innovation can be what is new to a particular library and library population and has a major impact on the community.
The recipient will be presented with a plaque, provided by Demco, and $1,000 financial award.
Please note that monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.
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.
Previous Demco Library Innovative Award winners
1996 Mount Prospect Public Library
1997 Bensenville Community Public Library District
1998 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
1999 Gail Borden Public Library District, Elgin
2000 Ashland Public Library
2001 Chicago Public Library/CPL Express
2002 Illinois State Library
2003 Warren-Newport Public Library District
2004 Chicago Ridge Public Library
2005 Evergreen Park Public Library
2006 Gail Borden Public Library District
2007 Arlington Heights Memorial Library
2008 Orland Park Public Library
2009 Riverside Public Library
2010 The Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival
2011 Early Learning Center, Waukegan Public Library
2012 Oak Park Public Library
2013 Cook Memorial Public Library District
2014 Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University
2015 Northbrook Public Library
2016 Illinois State Library, Targeting Autism Forum
2017 Waukegan Public Library