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ALA News Release
For Immediate Release
John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award winner announced
Dr. Norman Horrocks is the recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's John Ames Humphry/Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)/Forest Press Award.
OCLC/Forest Press donated the $1,000 award, which is given to an individual for significant contribution to international librarianship.
Horrocks received this award for his leading role in international librarianship for nearly half a century. He has made a difference by mentoring librarians, at home and abroad, who are interested in getting involved with the international library community. Horrocks has contributed to professional organizations in the area of international relations through his writing, speaking and teaching. He has served as a liaison, welcoming international visitors to North American library meetings.
One of his most important contributions has been helping establish standards of reciprocity and equivalency in credentialing librarians moving across national boundaries. As a publisher, he worked to encourage contributions relating to international issues in librarianship and information science.
"There are few people that follow international librarianship who do not know Dr. Norman Horrocks," Humphry Award Chair Jeff Huetis said. "Given his contributions to the global library community, this award is long overdue."
Horrocks is an editorial consultant for Scarecrow Press of Lanham, Md., a member of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group and Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University School of Library and Information Studies. He also has served as chair of ALA's International Relations Committee and International Relations Round Table.