The Illinois State Library has received the Francis Keppel Award given to libraries that have excelled in the completeness, promptness, and high quality of the local public library data that they collect, edit, and submit annually to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The award is in the form of a working abacus with an appropriate plaque and was awarded to State Library Director Anne Craig and Ron Winner, State Data Coordinator at the State Library. Ron collected the award at a training conference in Washington D.C. last week.
The national public library data, including individual library data and State summaries, is made available by IMLS from its website:
Summary tables are also published annually and available on the IMLS website.
The Francis Keppel Award is named after a distinguished U.S. Commissioner of Education who served from 1962 to 1965. He was also a well-known member of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science from 1978 to 1983. Francis Keppel was an early and enthusiastic advocate of reliable and regularly reported national, State, and local library statistics that would provide a basis for public policy formulation and the improvement of library services for the entire spectrum of the U.S. population.