Trustee Citation Award

About the Trustee Citation Award
The ALA Trustee Citation  recognizes public library trustees for distinguished service to library development, symbolizes and honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards. Trustee service may have been performed on the local, state, regional or national level or at a combination of levels. Equal consideration is given to trustees of small, medium and large public libraries. Citations may not be awarded when there is no sufficiently outstanding achievement brought to the attention of the Awards Committee.

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Award and Frequency


This award is given out on an annual basis.

Applicant Responsibility

The award is presented during the Opening General Session at the ALA Annual Conference. Recipients are expected to be present to accept the award, and expenses for attending must be borne by the recipients or their library organizations.

Application Instructions


Requirements for nomination include:

  • Actual Trustee service at least part of the calendar year preceding the Annual Conference at which award
    is made.
  • Comprehensive statement of the nominee’s achievements.
  • Nomination(s) by any individual library Trustee, librarian, library board, state library agency, state library
    association, state Trustee association, Public Library Association, or ALTAFF. Include signature(s) of
    nominator(s) and endorsing organizations and individuals.
  • Statement of support no longer than five double-spaced pages. Describe, in chronological order, the
    nominee’s library-related activities. The listing should include, but not be limited to, library-related
    activities such as board and/or library association service, with offices held, titles, and awards, with dates.
  • Personal membership in ALA and the Trustee Section of ALTAFF at the time of application and at the
    time of the award presentation  if chosen.

    Click here for the application form.

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