ALA Awards 2015 International Presidential Citations to International Libraries

For Immediate Release
Fri, 06/19/2015


Delin Guerra

Program Officer

International Relations Office

CHICAGO — The International Relations Round Table (IRRT) announces four recipients of the ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects for 2015. These awards recognize the following exemplary services.


  • The Outreach Worker Service and Digital Literacy as a Core Service programs at the Edmonton (Alberta) Public Library, Canada, for stationing personnel in the library to assist at-risk individuals with a wide range of educational and social services and for providing instruction and equipment in “EPL Makerspaces” that enable library patrons to create audio, video, and graphic productions, print and bind books and manufacture items using 3D printers.


  • The Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies at Taiwan’s National Central Library, for sharing academic resources globally in the fields of Chinese arts, culture, history and social sciences.


  •  The NLB Mobile Application created by the National Library Board of Singapore, for responding to evolving expectations in telecommunications on the part of the public by implementing innovations in book circulation, patron account management and collection security.


  • The Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) Project of the Department of Science and Technology of the Republic of the Philippines, for making science and technology materials available to the general public in remote areas that have few information resources, no libraries and little or no Internet connectivity.


The recipients were selected by a team of IRRT members in consultation with ALA President Courtney L. Young.  Athena Michael, chair of the selection committee, says that “these projects, nominated by members of the international library community, reflect innovative approaches to creating and delivering sustainable library services. Our committee was honored to have the opportunity to recognize them.”  IRRT Chair Robin Kear adds that “these awards remind ALA and IRRT members to look globally for innovation, and further IRRT’s goal of fostering international relations.”


Recipients will be recognized by President Young at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco during the IRRT’s International Librarians Reception on Monday, June 29.


The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008. IRRT is a Round Table of the American Library Association with a mission to develop the interests of librarians in activities and problems in the field of international library relations. For more information about the Citations, including the nomination and selection process, please visit the ALA Presidential Citations for Innovative International Library Projects website.