Jim Neal

Former ALA President and Treasurer Jim Neal elected to honorary membership

Jim Neal

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The American Library Association (ALA) Council elected former ALA President and Treasurer Jim Neal to honorary membership in the association, the ALA's highest honor, during the virtual 2022 Library Learning Experience. Honorary membership is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting importance to libraries and librarianship.

Neal was nominated in recognition of significant contributions to libraries and the profession of librarianship and his accomplishments as ALA president and treasurer and a member of ALA Council. He was a member of the ALA Executive Board when the Spectrum Initiative was launched and has actively raised funds on behalf of the program, as well as advocating for the establishment of DEI as a fourth strategic priority for the association.

"His contributions to libraries and the profession of librarianship are myriad and wide-ranging. The people, organizations, and policies his leadership and service have positively affected are countless. His mentorship of multiple generations of library leaders has had broad influence and impact across the profession," said nominator Damon E. Jaggars, vice provost and dean of university libraries, The Ohio State University.

Awards Won

Title Year
ALA Honorary Membership 2022 - Winner(s)