Idaho Library Association Awards Banquet

The Idaho Library Association (ILA) is proud to honor members of the Idaho library community at the annual ILA Awards Banquet. The 2015 ILA Awards Banquet will take place during the annual conference on Thursday, October 1, 2015.


Each year, members of the Idaho library community are nominated and chosen for awards based on their record of service, stellar commitment and library related successes. Ultimately, all of these individuals achieve successes that benefit Idaho libraries, and the people of Idaho. Our Awards and Scholarship Committee and The Idaho Book Award Committee work hard to set rigorous criteria and choose the best nominees to win each award. After a rigorous application and review process, the committees decide on the recipients of ten awards: seven professional awards, two scholarships, and one author award.

  • Librarian of the Year is awarded to the librarian who best demonstrates a strong and statewide commitment to Idaho libraries.
  • Idaho Public Library of the Year is awarded to the Public Library that best exemplifies distinguished achievement in service to its community.
  • School Library Media Program of the Year is awarded to a Librarian and his/her School Library for demonstrating a strong commitment to the students by employing creative strategies in the classroom to engage learners.
  • Paraprofessional of the Year is awarded to a Library Worker who demonstrates extraordinary devotion to improving library services in a collaborative role.
  • Trustee of the Year is awarded to an exceptional Library Trustee who exhibits strong leadership skills and who advocates for their library constructively.
  • Legislator of the Year is awarded to a legislator or legislators who went above and beyond in their support of Idaho’s libraries.
  • Special Services to Libraries is awarded to a member of the greater community who shows exceptional support of Idaho’s libraries.
  • The Gardener Hanks Scholarship is awarded to someone continuing formal education in library science, and who exhibits traits akin to a great leader, Gard Hanks. More information on Gard Hanks and his scholarship is available at:  http://www.idaholibraries.org/newidaholibrarian/200202/gardscholarship.htm
  • The Idaho Library Association Scholarship is awarded to someone attending a conference who shows a strong, statewide commitment to Idaho libraries.
  • The Idaho Book Award is awarded to the author of a book which has made an outstanding contribution to the body of printed materials about Idaho, either through the work’s setting or the locality of the author.



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