John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship

About the John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship The award is given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.

Administered by:

International Relations Committee logo

Award and Frequency

An annual award consisting of $1,000 and a certificate.
This award is given out on an annual basis.

Application Instructions


All nominations should include, as appropriate, personal history or curriculum vitae, with emphasis on achievements related to international librarianship; bibliography, critical reviews, articles, etc.; and letters seconding the nomination or other letters of commendation or appreciation. 

Nominations should be sent to:

International Relations Office 
American Library Association 
50 East Huron Street 
Chicago, IL 60611-2795 

Fax: 312-280-4392 

Contact Information

Michael Dowling (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2020) -
Work Phone: (321) 280-4392
Fax: (312) 280-3256
40 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2751

Delin Guerra (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2020) -
Work Phone: 312-280-3201
Fax: 312-280-4392
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

The award is to be given to a librarian or other individual, in the United States or elsewhere, who has made a significant contribution to international librarianship.  The contribution may include, but is not limited to, the publication of significant professional literature, participation in library organizations, the introduction of new technologies or theories, or outstanding teaching.  Primary consideration will be given to contributions in the field of subject analysis and subject classification and to contributions in Third World countries, although the award is not limited to these areas.