Honorary member nominations open

For Immediate Release
Wed, 05/01/2019


Sheryl Reyes

Designate Director, Governance


American Library Association



Chicago - Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to the whole field of library service.

Honorary members are elected for life by vote of the ALA Council upon recommendation of the ALA Executive Board. Nominations will be reviewed during the ALA Executive Board’s 2019 fall meeting, October 25-27, and presented to Council for vote during the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting, January 24-28 in Philadelphia. Newly elected honorary members will be formally recognized at the Opening General Session during the 2020 ALA Annual Conference, June 25-30 in Chicago.

Members who wish to forward nominations must complete the online ALA Honorary member Nomination form. The completed nomination packet, with all attachments, must be received no later than September 1, 2019. Posthumous nominations are not eligible for consideration. Application is by electronic submission only.

Additional information about ALA honorary membership, plus a complete list of all honorary members elected since the designation was first awarded in 1893, is available at on the ALA Awards and Grants webpages.