IRC Humphry/ OCLC/ Forest Press Award Subcommittee


The John Ames Humphry/OCLC/forest press award for a significant contribution to international librarianship consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate. The award is made to a librarian or other person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship, but primary consideration will be given to contributions in the field of classification and subject analysis, and to work in third world countries. Created on the occasion of the retirement of John Humphry as executive director of forest press, publisher of the Dewey decimal classification, the award recognizes Humphry's far-ranging work to internationalize the English-language editions of Dewey and to ensure that translations were adapted to meet the needs of other cultures and countries.
Committee responsibilities: 1. Review applications uploaded to ALA Connect by the International Relations Office (IRO) staff. 2. Select a winner based on the criteria. 3. Inform IRO of selected recipient. 4. Submit a press release to IRO for approval by ALA's Communication's Office, 4. Present award to winner during the ALA Annual Conference (one committee member).


Mr. Buenaventura B. Basco
(Chair, July 1, 2023, to July 31, 2024)
Mrs. Jessica C. Lewis Marshall
(Member, July 1, 2023, to July 31, 2024)
Mr. Mike L. Marlin
(Member, July 1, 2023, to July 31, 2024)
Delin Guerra
(Staff Liaison, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2030)

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For additional information or to apply for the Humphry award, please visit the Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award Website.


Number of members: up to five

Terms of office: two years

Term limits: two years (no reappointment possible)

Staff Liaison

Michael Dowling, Director, International Relations Office, inside U.S inside U.S. (800) 545-2433, ext. 3200, outside U.S. 312-280-3200, Fax: (312) 280-4392,

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