Awards Committee

Administers the awards and recognition program of the association annually; publicizes the awards to attract qualified nominees; selects association-wide award winners.

Awards, Nomination Submissions, and Procedures


Committee Reports


Committee Composition

Committee membership is limited to not more than ten personal members, in addition to the co-chairs, representing diverse types of libraries. Members serve two-year, staggered terms with up to five members being appointed each year.

The co-chairs serve a two-year, staggered term: the first year is to learn from lead co-chair and the second is to be the lead co-chair. Co-chairs will not start on the same year. One new co-chair will be added each year. All persons commenting or voting in the ILA awards process will recuse themselves from participating in the process of any award for which they have been nominated or the process of any award for which they have a conflict of interest.


  1. Mikael Jacobsen Mikael Jacobsen, Chair Zion-Benton Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  2. Jolie Ann Duncan Jolie Ann Duncan, Member Customer Services Manager at Arlington Heights Memorial Library

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  3. John Laubersheimer John Laubersheimer, Member Clinical Assistant Professor/Instructional Services Librarian at University of Illinois at Springfield

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  4. Rick C Meyer Rick C Meyer, Member Decatur Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  5. Lynnanne Pearson Lynnanne Pearson, Member Adult Services Manager at Skokie Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  6. Sharon Ruda Sharon Ruda, Member Talking Book and Braille Service (Illinois State Library)

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  7. Anjelica Rufus-Barnes Anjelica Rufus-Barnes, Member Information/Readers Advisory Librarian at Prospect Heights Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  8. Megan Millen Megan Millen, Board liaison Library Director at Joliet Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  9. Kara Kohn Kara Kohn, Chair Elect Head of Reference and Reader Services at Plainfield Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  10. Amber Creger Amber Creger, Past Chair Youth Department Director at Schaumburg Township District Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019


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