John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award Winner Announced

NEWS

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2008

 

Contact:  Delin R. Guerra

                     312-280-3201

            dguerra@ala.org

 

 

 

 

Barbara J. Ford is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames/Humphry/OCLC/ Forest Press Award.

OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award of $1,000, which  is given to an individual for significant contribution to international librarianship.

Ford, the director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and a professor at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received this award for her librarianship efforts, extensive publications and significant contributions to the American Library Association (ALA) and International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Her publication record speaks for itself. She has presented and published on international aspects of librarianship and, through her editorial positions, has encouraged the dissemination of information on librarianship to a global audience. 

“Barbara J. Ford is truly an outstanding and influential international librarian. She is thoroughly committed to connecting librarians around the world through her work at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois, through her long involvement with IFLA, including serving on the governing board from 2005-2007, and through her leadership in ALA's and ACRL's (Association of College and Research Libraries) international committees and activities, including serving as ALA President from 1997-98. Ms. Ford also spent four years in the Peace Corps in Panama and Nicaragua and continually presents and publishes about her international activities”, said Robin L. Kear, Chair of the IRC-John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award Committee.

Ms. Ford will be recognized during the International Relations Round Table Chair’s Program on Monday, June 30,  at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.