Award Nominations Due May 15

April 15, 2015

Spotlighting Four More Awards

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.   

Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award  

This award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development.   


Intellectual Freedom Award 

Presented by the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee, Public Policy Committee, and Quality Books, Inc., an individual or group is recognized by this award for outstanding contributions to the defense of intellectual freedom or the advancement of these principles as espoused and promulgated by both the Illinois Library Association and the American Library Association.


Robert R. McClarren Legislative Development Award
Presented by the ILA Public Policy Committee, the award is given to a worthy recipient from the Illinois library community -- librarian, trustee, legislator, or library -- who has contributed significantly to legislative development in the state of Illinois.

Nominations for all ILA Awards are due May 15, 2015. Nominating someone for an ILA Award has never been easier!


Submit your nomination form and all supporting documentation via the ILA website.  No service should go unrecognized, so toot your own horn or tell us who you think is the best!


If you have any questions about the ILA Awards, please contact the ILA office at 312-644-1896, or

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