Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award

To submit a nomination for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.

Description

The PLA Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award honors the life and accomplishments of John Iliff, early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries, and recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users. The purpose is to encourage innovative user-oriented thinking and practical solutions using technologies old and new. The award provides a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque, and a bouquet of roses for the workplace. The cash award honors the recipient's efforts, while the roses sent to the work place honor the environment that helped nurture the recipient's innovation. Sponsored by Polaris.

Criteria

This award will be presented to a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking to improve library services.

Eligibility

Members of the current Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award Jury are ineligible to receive the award.

2014 Recipient

Edmonton Public Library, Alberta, Canada

Past Recipients

  • Teresa Kiser, Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County (Ala.)
  • 2012 Joan K. Weaver, Kinsley (Kan.) Public Library
  • 2011 David Newyear, Mentor (Ohio) Public Library
  • 2010 Ellen Schmid, Geneva (Ill.) Public Library
  • 2009 Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Ill.
  • 2008 Durham County Library, N.C.

How to Nominate

To submit a nomination for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.

PLA will forward the nominations to the current chair of the Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award Jury. PLA reserves the right to extend the application deadline.