The purpose of this award is to recognize achievements by certified county and regional library staff who have made outstanding contributions to the development and promotion of public library service on the local level.
This award is named in honor of Miss Margaret F. Willis, former state librarian, because of her interest in and emphasis on county public library service.
- The nominee must be an individual member of the Kentucky Public Library Association (KPLA) of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA) and hold certification from the State Board for the Certification of Librarians. Any level of certification is acceptable. This award is not limited to library directors.
- Accomplishments of the nominee in the areas of:
- Library service;
- Community service;
- Library programming;
- Achievement of community support;
- Professional development.
- Nominations may be made by anyone in the library field (staff, trustees, Friends).
- Nominations should be concise, responding to the criteria above. Submit no more than two pages of narrative, with no more than three pages of supportive material (newspaper clippings, photos, etc.)
- The information and the quality of the application shall be the sole basis of selection. Any application not meeting the criteria above will be disqualified.
- The KPLA Awards Committee will make the selection based on the above criteria.
- The KPLA Awards Committee may choose to make no award in any given year if the quality of the nominations is not determined to be satisfactory.
- 2021 – Julie Maruskin (Clark CPL)
- 2015 – Jama Watts (Marion CPL)
- 2014 – Natalie Ruppert (Kenton CPL)
- 2013 – Sue Hays (posthumously), (Madison CPL)
- 2012 – Jennifer Nippert (Owen CPL)
- 2011 – Mark Griffen (Logan CPL)
- 2010 – Beverly Cooper
- 2009 – Michele Lawson
- 2008 – Brenda Macy
- 2007 – Helen Williams
- 2006 – Iris Garrott
- 2005 – Joan Tussey
- 2004 – Geneva Pullen
- 2003 – NONE
- 2002 – Karen Gillespie
- 2001 – NONE
- 2000 – NONE
- 1999 – Virginia Green
- 1998 – Mary Ann Mongan
- 1997 – Mike Averdick
- 1996 – Jean Nagel Lillie
- 1995 – NONE
- 1994 – NONE
- 1993 – NONE
- 1992 – Marjorie Bow
- 1991 – Jarrett Boyd
- 1990 – Othelia Moore
- 1989 – Jan Banks
- 1988 – Fleeta Thacker