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Do you know someone deserving of recognition due to their outstanding commitment to library excellence? An awards banquet will be held to recognize individuals during annual conference in the fall in Indianapolis.

The ILF awards criteria is below. Please review and nominate someone as time is of the essence! (Deadline is June 30). Paperwork may be scanned and emailed to the ILF to or to

Available Awards

Nomination Application Form

Note: The committee will not follow up on incomplete applications, all nominators are solely responsible for making sure all paperwork and letters of recommendation are turned in before the deadline.


Each fall at the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, the Indiana library community recognizes ILF personal, institutional, and trustee members, as well as others, who have contributed to the excellence of Indiana libraries or media centers in an extraordinary manner. The contributions recognized have taken place throughout the State of Indiana in hundreds of public, academic, corporate and network libraries and school media centers, from the largest to the smallest of settings. The ILF Board of Directors and the ILF Awards, Honors & Scholarship Committee need the assistance of the library community to help identify these exemplary and tireless members of the library community in order to determine award recipients. All awards presented are ratified by the ILF Board of Directors.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and achievements of the individuals who so faithfully labor to ensure excellence in Indiana libraries and support the development of librarianship as a profession. The entire library community benefits from the contributions made by dedicated librarians, media specialists, trustees, library employees, legislators, and others working on behalf of Indiana libraries who often serve as role models and raise service levels by example. Nominees (except where noted) must be members of the Indiana Library Federation for the year in which they are nominated. Nominations are due no later than June 30th for awards to be given at the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference in the fall.

Each applicant will be judged by the degree of success he or she has achieved in meeting the minimal criteria-- ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 (0 being failure to meet the criteria) -- for the award for which the individual is being nominated. If the minimal criteria are not met for that category by any of the nominees, an award will not be made for that year.

Nominations must meet the Minimum Criteria for Consideration as outlined in the Description of Awards. Nominations that fail to meet the minimum criteria will be automatically disqualified. No added weight will be given to a higher number of supporting materials, as long as the minimum criteria are sufficiently documented. It is the responsibility of the nominator to ensure all supporting documentation is received by the ILF Office. ILF staff will acknowledge receipt of nominations but will not notify a nominator of deficiencies in the nomination. To help us determine eligibility, the committee requests that application for awards to an individual include a professional résumé or curriculum vita of the nominee when possible.

Congratulations to the Indiana Library Federation Honorees 2016

Citizen’s Award – Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund
ILF Leadership Award –
Robyn Young, Avon High School
ILF Lifetime Achievement Award –
Diane Bever, IU Kokomo and Karla Wilson, Chesterton High School
Outstanding Librarian Award –
Stephanie Davis, Wells County Public Library
Outstanding Library Award –
Wells County Public Library
Outstanding Support Staff Award –
Jennifer James, IUPUI
Peggy L. Pfieffer Service Award –
Vicki Builta, South Whitley Community Public Library
Programming Award –
Monroe County Public Library
Sena Kautz Merit Award –
Anna Spalding, Adams Central Community Schools
Special Services Award –
Suzanne Walker, Indiana State Library
Tom Zupancic Award –
Wendy Preilis, Johnson County Public Library
Please click here for past award honorees.
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