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 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 Skokie Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  2. Amber Creger Amber Creger, Member Youth Department Director at Schaumburg Township District Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  3. Tina Louise Happ Tina Louise Happ, Member Pritzker Military Museum & Library

    Term ends 06/30/2018

  4. Kristine Kenney Kristine Kenney, Member Deputy Director of Public Services at Poplar Creek Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2018

  5. Kara Kohn Kara Kohn, Member Head of Reference and Reader Services at Plainfield Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2019

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

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  7. Neena Nagpal Neena Nagpal, Member Prairie Trails Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2018

  8. Lynnanne Pearson Lynnanne Pearson, Member Skokie Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2019

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

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  10. Anjelica Rufus-Barnes Anjelica Rufus-Barnes, Member Student at Dominican University SOIS

    Term ends 06/30/2019

  11. Tim P. Jarzemsky Tim P. Jarzemsky, Board liaison Library Director at Bloomingdale Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2018


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