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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2017 Recipient(s)

Ann K. Symons

Symons was nominated in recognition of her contributions to advocacy, access, intellectual freedom and services to the LGBTQ community. One of the most prominent school librarians nationally and internationally, she was among the first advocates for library service to LGBTQ communities. Her career has been marked by tireless service and lasting contributions to the profession and to the American people.