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. Rick C Meyer Rick C Meyer, Co-chair Decatur Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2021

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

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  3. Melanie Emerson Melanie Emerson, Member Dean of the Library + Special Collections at School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    Term ends 06/30/2022

  4. Gail Gawlik Gail Gawlik, Member Reference Librarian at University of St. Francis Library

    Term ends 06/30/2022

  5. Mikael Jacobsen Mikael Jacobsen, Member Zion-Benton Public Library District

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  6. Jamie Jones Jamie Jones, Member Peoria Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2022

  7. Susan Palmer Susan Palmer, Member Illinois Heartland Library System

    Term ends 06/30/2022

  8. Amy Sisul Amy Sisul, Member Rock Island Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2022

  9. Michael William Hominick Michael William Hominick, Member Northbrook Public Library

    Term ends 06/30/2022

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

    Term ends 06/30/2020

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

    Term ends 06/30/2020

  12. Tamara Jenkins Tamara Jenkins, Staff liaison Illinois Library Association

    Term ends 06/30/2025


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