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 Spotlight from the ILA Alert
January 7, 2021
The ILA Awards Committee is a group of volunteers committed to celebrating and increasing awareness of the excellent work, outstanding achievements, and all-around awesomeness of Illinois’s library professionals.  The committee’s mai…

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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. Jamie Jones Jamie Jones, Chair Peoria Public Library

    Chair Term ends 06/30/2021
    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  2. Jennifer Abler Jennifer Abler, Member Oak Lawn Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  3. Elizabeth Boden Elizabeth Boden, Member Hinsdale Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

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

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  5. Kendall Harvey Kendall Harvey, Member Assistant Director at Prairie Trails Public Library District

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  6. Molly Mansfield Molly Mansfield, Member Northeastern Illinois University

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

  7. Brittany Millington Brittany Millington, Member Deputy Director at Champaign Public Library

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

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

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  9. Marie Waltz Marie Waltz, Member Head of Access Initiatives at Center for Research Libraries

    Member Term ends 06/30/2022

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

    Member Term ends 06/30/2021

  11. Rick Meyer Rick Meyer, Board liaison City Librarian at Decatur Public Library

    Board liaison Term ends 06/30/2021
    Past Chair Term ends 06/30/2021

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

    Staff liaison Term ends 06/30/2025

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