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Recognize your Resource Sharing colleagues by nominating them for the STARS Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL Librarian Award! The submission deadline is February 23, 2024.

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Text courtesy of STARS.

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.

The candidate must have been employed in a library and held some responsibility for their institution’s ILL, document delivery, or resource sharing services at the time the contributions being honored were made. Contributions supporting a nomination must have occurred within two years preceding 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 creative approach to ILL/document delivery services 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 that address the interests of librarians and library staff involved in ILL/document delivery.

*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 STARS Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL Librarian Award sponsored by OCLC nomination form. Self-nominations are permitted. Previous nominees who were not selected in previous years are welcome to reapply if they still meet the requirements.

Submission Guidelines

Submit the following materials:

  1. Nomination letter, describing the ways in which the nominee has made a significant contribution to Interlibrary Loan. The 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 or Curriculum Vitae (CV) detailing the candidate’s career, achievements and contribution to the field.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair.