While each and every winner has done something truly unique and deserving, I have a soft spot for two winners in particular:
Loyola University Chicago, my alma matter, current graduate school, and current place of employment, has won an award for our work with the Edward Gorey exhibit co-sponsored by LUC Libraries and Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA). The exhibit and the promotion were an ongoing exercise in teamwork and collaboration, and many people deserve to share in the credit for all of their hard work.
The Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project was another winner. This is a conglomerate group formed of marketing specialists and librarians from several suburban public libraries. After seeing a David Vinjamuri talk at ALA 2013 on the rising price of e-books for libraries, this group decided to take action. They held a contest for local, self-published authors to submit their manuscript and determined a winner. That winner was promoted across all of the contributing libraries and watched her work gain popularity - demonstrating the true value of libraries to authors and publishers. They have just selected a winning author for 2015 - learn more about this project and their authors by visiting their webpage: http://soontobefamous.info/
Congrats to all of the winners!