ILF Awards & Honors

This year's winners!

Clara Sizemore - Outstanding Library Staff Award

Indy Public Library - ILF Collaboration Award

Julie Elmore - Outstanding Librarian Award

Union County Public Library - Outstanding Library Award

Zachary Benedict - Library Champion Award 

Each fall, the Indiana library community recognizes ILF personal, institutional, and trustee members (as well as others), who contributed to the excellence of Indiana libraries.

Has one of your staff or volunteers excelled in the last year or throughout their career? Perhaps you have an outstanding community partner organization? Nominate a person, library, or organization deserving of recognition due to their outstanding commitment to library excellence.

Please review criteria carefully as the committee will not follow up on incomplete applications. 

  • Nominees (except where noted) must be members of the Indiana Library Federation for the year in which they are nominated.
  • Nominators are solely responsible to ensure that all paperwork and letters of recommendation are turned in before the deadline. 
  • A complete nomination packet includes: the online nomination form, additional documentation per criteria.
  • Priority will be given to nominations that follow the format suggested in the criteria and/or following sample format for individual or institutional nominees.


  • The nomination form opens May 1.
  • Nomination packets are due by June 30.
  • A&H Committee reviews all completed nomination packets from July 1 - 31.
  • A&H Committee gives recommendations to ILF Board by August 15.

Submission Process

The nominator is solely responsible for gathering all items to be included in the nomination packet. There are two options for submission: 

Once the online nomination form has been completed, please send the additional documents per criteria in one of two ways: 

  • Electronically (preferred) to Caroline White in the following format: Title, "2023 Award Nomination Packet" in PDF format. 
  • Hard mail to: 
Indiana Library Federation
Attn: Caroline White
6510 Telecom Drive Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Confirmation will be sent once a completed packet has been received. 

Nomination Form

*Please note that you will have to have an established account or create one to access the nomination form. You are not required to have or purchase any kind of membership after creating your account. If you have any questions, please reach out to Caroline White


Questions? Please contact Caroline White.