ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

About the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects The award is given to recognize innovative contributions to international librarianship.The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008 and Notable IRRT Member.

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Award and Frequency

An invitation letter to attend the ALA International Librarians Reception and accept the citation will be issued to the successful nominations by the ALA International Relations Office.

Successful nominations will receive a framed citation from the current ALA President at the International Librarians Reception on the Monday evening of the ALA Annual Conference. The Citations will be announced in various ways including through an announcement on the IRRT website and shared with ALA’s Public Information Office.

Funding to attend the ALA Conference is not provided, nor is there a financial award with the Citation. However, recipients requiring assistance with letters of invitation or other documents related to conference attendance should contact the ALA International Relations Office.

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility

Distinct projects by an individual, group or organization may be nominated separately in the same year. However, it is unlikely that the Citation will be awarded for more than one of the projects. Past recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for International Innovation may be considered only for new innovative projects. Citations recognize innovative projects that result from the work of an individual, group or organization.

Application Instructions

Projects must be nominated by an ALA member or an individual with an IFLA affiliation. Nominators may submit nominations for more than one project. In order to nominate a library project, nominators must complete the Nomination Form (doc) and submit it to the International Relations Office by e-mail or regular mail. Distinct projects by an individual, group or organization may be nominated separately in the same year. However, it is unlikely that the Citation will be awarded for more than one of the projects. Past recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for International Innovation may be considered only for new innovative projects. Citations recognize innovative projects that result from the work of an individual, group or organization.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used in selecting recipients.

  1. the recipient will have designed and implemented a highly visible innovative library service(s) in a country outside of the United States within the last three years;
  2. the innovative service(s) must be unique, original, and greatly improve existing library services for users;
  3. the service(s) should draw attention to the potential of library service/s to creating positive change;
  4. the service(s) must demonstrate a strong likelihood of sustainability and have potential to serve as a model for other libraries;
  5. the service(s) must be current, that is, it must be in operation during the year that the Citation is awarded.

Notification

Individuals submitting nominations will be notified by February 1st of each year regarding the decision of the IRRT Advisory Award Committee.  Citations are awarded by the ALA President each year at the International Librarians Reception at the ALA Annual Conference.