Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award

About the Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award This award recognizes a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery through recent publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional associations, and/or innovative approaches to practice in individual libraries.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

$2,000 and a citation.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented. Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson or to Leighann Wood, RUSA awards program coordinator, at

This award is given out on an annual basis.


The candidate must have been employed in a library and held some responsibility for his or her institution's ILL, document delivery, or resource sharing services at the time the contribution being honored was made.

Application Instructions

To nominate a librarian, download and complete the nomination form, and follow the submission instructions therein. Self-nominations are permitted. Previous nominees who were not selected in previous years are welcome to reapply. Questions should be directed to the committee chair.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Winners are selected based on the merit and significance of their contribution(s) and their leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Planning and implementing an innovative or pioneering approach to ILL/document delivery service that is recognized as a model on a regional or national level.
  2. Notable publication, such as an article, book, or conference paper, which is deemed significant in the literature of the field, and was published in the two years prior to the candidate’s nomination.
  3. A record of sustained, recognized, and exceptional participation in regional, national, or international associations devoted to the promotion of ILL/document delivery in a library environment.