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2010 John Iliff Award for Innovation in Technology Announced

Since 2008, the Public Library Association (PLA) has presented the Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award. This honor is presented to a library worker, librarian, or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users.

USF Alum John Iliff, 1953-2006

The award honors the memory of John Illif, an early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries. Born in 1953, Mr. Iliff received a MLIS from the University of South Florida’s School of Library and Information Science (USF SLIS,) where he also worked as a faculty member. While Systems Librarian and Head of Reference at Pinellas Park Public Library, Florida, he co-founded PubLib, the first worldwide electronic discussion list for public librarians.

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.

The 2010 John Illif Award will be presented to Ellen Schmid, of the Geneva, Illinois Public Library District. PLA and PLA President, Sari Feldman, along with the award sponsors, will recognize Schmid, along with the winners of all other PLA awards on Sunday, June 27, 2010 as a part of the PLA President’s Program featuring Will Shortz at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.



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