Call for ALA Representatives to the Board of U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield

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ALA is seeking nominees to serve as the ALA Representative to the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield. 


The Blue Shield is the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross. It is the symbol specified for marking cultural property in the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. It is also the name of the international committee set up in 1996 to work to protect the world's cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disasters, the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS).

The ALA Executive Board, in December 2006 approved recognition of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS) as the national organization of the Blue Shield. At Midwinter 2007 Council approved the appointment of an ALA representative to serve on the Board of USCBS.


The mission of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS) is to promote the protection of cultural property during armed conflict and provide an emergency response when needed.


  • Coordinate with the U.S. military, U.S. government, and other cultural property organizations to protect cultural property worldwide during armed conflict.


  • Advise and assist U.S. cultural organizations in emergency planning for situations involving armed conflict.


  • Prepare and maintain a database of volunteers to advise and assist in the protection of cultural property worldwide damaged or threatened by armed conflict.


  • Raise public awareness about the importance of cultural property as the shared heritage of all humankind.


  • Promote U.S. legal protections for and commitments to cultural property consistent with the 1954 Hague Convention and its Protocols.


Selection of ALA Representative to the USCBS Board

An ALA member will be nominated and officially endorsed for a two-year term as the ALA representative to the USCBS Board. The term begins September 1, 2013 and ends August 31, 2015.

Any ALA member may be suggested for nomination. Candidates can serve for up to two consecutive two-year terms.

A nominee should be have experience serving on boards, have international library experience, and background in preservation, cultural heritage, or related experience that would serve the USBCS Board.

The ALA Executive Board requires that the suggestions for nominations be accompanied by a resume and a rationale from the nominating body or individual.

(a) A short letter detailing the nominee's qualifications and affirmation that the individual will be able to attend USCBS Board Meetings at their own expense.

(b) CV or resume

The representative will attend USCBS meetings (physical and virtual) and provide a report on USCBS activities to the International Relations Committee at Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings, and alert the IRC to any actions for ALA from the USCBS during the year.

September 1, 2013 - August 31, 2015

June 1, 2013

Nominations and Inquiries should be directed to Michael Dowling,



Please send your nominating documents to:

International Relations Office
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2795
Fax: 312-280-4392