Honorary Membership

About the Honorary Membership
Honorary membership may be conferred on a living citizen of any country whose contribution to librarianship or a closely related field is so outstanding that it is of lasting importance to the advancement of the whole field of library service. It is intended to reflect honor upon the ALA as well as upon the individual.

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1998 Recipient(s)

K. Wayne Smith

OCLC Executive

Sidney R. Yates

U.S. Congressman

Wendell Ford

U.S. Congressman

Melinda Gates

Co-chair and Trustee, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates

Microsoft Founder; Co-chair and Trustee, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation