ALA Sustainability Round Table opens nominations for wellness citation

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/24/2023


Jenn Washburn

Secretary, Awards Co-Chair

ALA Sustainability Roundtable

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT) is accepting nominations for its Citation for Wellness in the Workplace award. The citation recognizes libraries that go above and beyond in meeting the wellness needs of their staff, acknowledging that library staff are the greatest assets in building and supporting sustainable libraries and communities.

All ALA members are invited to nominate any library who has made efforts to meet the needs of their staff in the areas of continuing education, wellness, positive work environment, unions, salaries, gender equity, pay equity initiatives, and other activities designed to improve the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers. The call for nominations is open now through March 15, 2024. 

The SustainRT Citation for Wellness in the Workplace was initiated by ALA past president Loida Garcia-Ferbo in 2019 as the ALA Presidential Citation for Wellness in the Workplace and Sustain RT continues that legacy of recognition.

SustainRT will honor the winning library or organization with a plaque recognizing their efforts to promote wellness during the) 2024 ALA Annual Conference at the SustainRT Membership Meeting or at the virtual SustainRT Membership Meeting in May 2024. 

For more information, visit the SustainRT Citation for Wellness in the Workplace page.

Contact Award Co-chairs:

Jenn Washburn

Tera Ray at

About SustainRT

The mission of the organization is to provide resources for the library community to support sustainability through curriculum development; collections; exhibits; events; advocacy, communication, library buildings and space design. SustainRT is open to all ALA members and will include both individual members and organizational members

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government, and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library's role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit