For immediate release | May 21, 2024

Nominations open for ALA honorary membership

CHICAGO — Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on a living person whose contribution to libraries and/or librarianship, or a closely related field, is so outstanding that it is of lasting importance to the advancement of 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 by the ALA Executive Board and presented to Council for vote during the 2025 Library Learning Experience. Newly elected honorary members will be formally recognized at the Opening General Session during the 2025 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition.

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 Sept. 1, 2024. 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 Honorary Membership webpage.


ALA Governance Office