Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial/Demco Award

Presented by Illinois Library Association and Demco in honor of Hugh C. Atkinson (1933–1986). Due in large part to his influence, Illinois garnered national recognition in statewide interlibrary cooperation. As a supplier to the nation’s libraries for more than eighty years, Demco is committed to recognizing excellence in libraries and library service as exemplified by Hugh Atkinson’s leadership.


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Review the Criteria and Eligibility below. 

Category

The award shall be made annually for sustained activity and contributions having a lasting impact on librarianship. The recipient may be an individual, a group, a program, or an institution.

Eligibility

The award recipient must meet the criteria outlined. Individuals need not be librarians or ILA members, nor groups associated with ILA or with any specific library organization.  Programs may have originated in any institution or organization with or without library affiliation, and an award-winning organization may be a library, a library system or consortium, or a non-library organization.

Criteria

To be considered for this award, activities or contributions relating to multitype library cooperation and/or resource-sharing should meet one or more of the following standards:

  • evidence of a sustained effort over a period of years;
  • contribution should be of a permanent quality; and
  • performance should serve as a model for similar programs.

The written statement of support should be based on the above criteria. Attach newspaper clippings or other forms of documentation, if available, to this application.

In the event that no deserving nominations are received, the ILA Awards Committee members may not then nominate a recipient.

Award Winners

The recipient will receive a certificate, $1,000 financial award, and have their name added to the plaque at the Illinois State Library.

Nomination Deadline

May 15 

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.


Previous Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial/Demco Award Winners

1988    Illinois Valley Library System
1989    Illinois OCLC User's Group
1990    Doris Brown
1991    Jan Ison
1992    no award
1993    Robert Arthur Wallhaus
1994    Charles E. Hale
1995    Bernie Sloan
1996    Bridget Lamont
1997    Richard D. Wagner
1998    Don E. Wood
1999    LIBRAS
2000    James Ubel
2001    no award
2002    Bradley F. Baker
2003    Valerie J. Wilford
2004    Kristine J. Hammerstrand
2005    Jay Starratt and the Illinois State Library Automation and Technology Department
2006    no award
2007    Peggy Sulivan
2008    Sarah Long
2009    SWAN, System Wide Automated Network
2010    Vandella Brown
2011    The Literacy Suite, Waukegan Public Library
2012    ATLAS (Area Training for Librarians and Staff)
2013    IHLS Share Staff & SHARE Committees (Illinois Heartland Library System)
2014    Mattoon Middle School Media Center
2015    Richard Shurman
2016    Dee Brennan

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