Upstart Innovation Award Jury


To select annually a recipient of the Upstart Innovation Award (formerly the Highsmith Library Innovation Award), which recognizes a public library's innovative and creative service program to the community. Any innovative, cutting-edge program, activity or service will be considered. Has your library developed a dynamic solution to a problem? Have you been able to reach a special population through a unique program? Has your special marketing campaign brought dramatic, measurable results? If so, you're eligible to apply.


Abby Simpson (Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Susan Philp Baier (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Dora T. Ho (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Morgan Marie McMillian (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Megan Stewart (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)

Displaying active committee roster as of 08/18/2018. Last retrieved on 08/18/2018. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


The Upstart Innovation Award Jury consists of members appointed from the membership at large serving 2 year terms and led by a chair.


Established at the request of the PLA Board.

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  • Volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Appointments are made by the PLA President and President-Elect, primarily in the spring.
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Staff Liaison

Megan Stewart
Program Coordinator