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SLA Illinois Community Award Nominations are Now Open

  • 1.  SLA Illinois Community Award Nominations are Now Open

    Posted 11-23-2020 18:09

    The Illinois Community Board is pleased to open nominations for the 2020 Illinois Community Awards. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments, contributions, and service of your fellow SLA Illinois members.

    Nominations are now open for categories intended to celebrate librarians, information professionals, and students at every phase in their careers, from emerging leaders to longtime SLA members who have made significant contributions to the chapter and to the association as a whole.

    Please nominate a colleague, boss, client, student, or yourself for any of the following awards. Submissions are simple: include the nominee's name and a short explanation (100-200 words) of why you are nominating them.

    Email submissions to Rachel Cole at by December 7. 


    Emerging Leader Award 

    Eligibility and Criteria:

    • Member of SLA Illinois
    • Member of SLA for 3 or fewer years.
    • Awarded to an individual for diving in and working hard to learn and contribute to the well-being of the community, and who demonstrates an understanding of the value of contributing to the association.


    Illinois Community Publication Award 

    Eligibility and Criteria:

    • Member of SLA Illinois
    • Awarded to a content creator (author, presenter, artist, social media manager, or curator) who has created or co-created a published work that contributes significantly to community goals, public perception of special librarians and/or information professionals, and which was published between October 1, 2019 and November 1, 2020.


    Illinois Community Champion

    Eligibility and Criteria:

    • Member of SLA Illinois
    • For significant contributions which have aided the chapter achieving its stated goals, or which have helped cast members in a positive light, successfully promoted engagement with SLA as a whole, and/or for developing connections with other professional organizations whose goals are in line with our own.

    Rachel Cole
    Reference Librarian
    Northwestern University
    (847) 467-5325