Distinguished Service in Library History Award

The Distinguished Service in Library History Award is presented by the ALA Library History Round Table (LHRT) and honors the career of a person who has a lifetime of scholarship and service in the field of library history. This non-monetary award is intended to be given to an individual who has a record of contributions; who demonstrates length, breadth, and depth of involvement in library history; and who has had a significant impact on the work of the ALA Library History Round Table or on the library history community at large.

Eligibility and Criteria

Criteria for the Award include the significance of contributions to library history, such as publications in the field, courses taught in library history, and service to the field through the LHRT or other groups. The intention of the Award is to recognize service; thus, nominations which emphasize research and publication and do not describe service or other activities pertaining to library history will not be considered. Personal membership in the LHRT is encouraged but is not required for an individual to be selected for the Award.

Submissions and Selection

Selection of an awardee will be made by an LHRT committee. Nominations must be made by an LHRT member; a letter of nomination should be made by April 15, 2023. The nomination must include the nominee's Curriculum Vitae and at least two (2) letters of support. Nominators of the same individual may be asked to collaborate to produce stronger nominations and to reduce duplicate effort. Nominations should be sent to John M. Budd, Chair of the Distinguished Service in Library History Award Committee.

The announcement of an Award winner will be made on or around June 1, 2023. The Award will be made at an event sponsored by the LHRT at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference.