STARS Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL Librarian Award sponsored by OCLC

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The STARS Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Librarian Award is an annual award consisting of $2,000, sponsored by OCLC, and a citation. It recognizes an individual 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.

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 contributions be honored was made. Contributions supporting a nomination must have occurred during the last two years prior to the nomination deadline. The candidate’s achievement must be demonstrated in at least one 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.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.


To nominate a librarian, complete the nomination form. Self-nominations are permitted. Previous nominees who were not selected in previous years are welcome to reapply. The nomination form can be found on the RUSA Update Resources page. Non-ALA members must submit their nominations to the committee chair.

Submission Guidelines

Submit the following materials:

  1. Nomination letter, describing the ways in which the nominee has made a significant contribution to ILL. Letter should address some or all of the following: publications, leadership, measurable effectiveness of programs, influence on others, and creative and innovative concepts.
  2. Resume detailing the candidate’s career, achievements and contribution to the field.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Karen L. Janke (

Recent Recipients

Zack Lane, Head of Delivery Services, Butler Library, Columbia University Libraries
Kurt Munson, Assistant of Head of Access Services at Northwestern University Library 

Seangill ‘Peter’ Bae, Circulation Services Director of Firestone Library at Princeton University
Tina Baich, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Lars Leon, University of Kansas
David Larsen, University of Chicago
Collette G. Mak, University of Notre Dame
Cyril Oberlander

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