Amanda McKay has been named the 2015 Illinois Library Association’s Librarian of the Year award winner.
Amanda McKay, Director of the Helen Matthes Library, won the award which recognizes a librarian’s service and leadership in Illinois libraries. Over the past four years McKay has navigated many challenges, from completing the new Effingham Public Library project that has been two decades in the making, to managing continued exponential circulation growth.
When funding for the Library renovation project didn’t allow her to fill the critical Project Manager position, McKay took on the Project Manager position. McKay also led the fundraising efforts which so far have raised over $1.5 million. And while many libraries are seeing a decline in use of print and visual materials, McKay’s library is experiencing exponential circulation growth. Over the past five years circulation has grown over 44%. During the past year alone, more than 190,000 items were checked out, an increase of 8.7% from the year before.
McKay has served on both the Illinois Library Association’s nominating committee and the conference programming committee.
The Librarian of the Year Award will be presented in Peoria, during the Illinois Library Association’s Annual Conference Awards Luncheon in October.