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Call for Nominations: 2021 ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

December 16, 2020

Nomination Deadline extended to February 15, 2021

(updated: January 29, 2021)

The American Library Association’s (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) is inviting nominations for the 2021 ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.

The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008 and Notable IRRT Member. Citations are awarded each year by the ALA President at the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Librarians Reception during the ALA Annual Conference to recognize innovative contributions to international librarianship.

Nomination Process:

Projects must be nominated by an ALA member or an individual with an IFLA affiliation. In an effort to recognize many diverse and worthy projects as possible, only one library project must be submitted by the nominator.

To nominate a library project, nominators must complete the Nomination Form and submit it to the International Relations Office by e-mail or regular mail. Distinct projects by an individual, group or organization may be nominated separately in the same year. However, it is unlikely that the Citation will be awarded for more than one of the projects. Past recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for International Innovation may be considered only for new innovative projects. Citations recognize innovative projects that result from the work of an individual, group or organization.

Guidelines for selection of a project: 

  1. Nominations can be made by an ALA member or an individual with an IFLA affiliation. Nomination by a member of the Citation and Reception Committee would be considered a conflict of interest.
  2. Only one library nomination per Library can be submitted.
  3. Any projects that fall within the category of professional development for staff and librarians will not be considered.  Beneficiaries of the projects must be library patrons only.

The following criteria will be used in selecting recipients:

  1. Nomination needs to be for a group library project. The project nominated should be original to that library and greatly improves its library services and patrons’ access to information.
  2. The recipient will have designed, initiated, and implemented a highly visible innovative library service(s) in a country outside of the United States and within the last three years. The recipient may not be affiliated with an U.S. institution/agency and may not have received U.S. funds in a direct or indirect manner.
  3. Past recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation must submit entirely new projects, not a successful continuation of a former project.
  4. The project should draw attention to the potential of libraries to create positive change.
  5. The project must demonstrate a strong likelihood of sustainability and have potential to serve as a model for other libraries.
  6. The project must be current, that is, it must be in operation during the year that the Citation is awarded.

The deadline for nominations is January 11, 2021.

Nominations are submitted to the ALA International Relations Office (email: for review by the IRRT Reception Committee on the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.

Past Canadian Recipients


  • Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Indigenous Voices Initiative


  • Tor Browser in Toronto Public Library
  • Milton Public Library, Ontario


  • Darkht-e Danish Online Library for the Women of Afghanistan, Calgary


  • Rural Internet Hotspot Lending Programme Welington County Library
  • Augustana Human Library, Alberta


  • Nanaimo Correctional Centre Program, Vancouver Island and Regional Library
  • Librarians on the Radio, Vancouver Island Regional Library


  • OSU Children’s Library Fund (OCLU) of Winnipeg


  • The RISE Videoconferencing Network Alberta

(Via American Library Association)

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