ALA Trustee Citation nominations due April 30

Library trustees work hard throughout the year to guide and govern the essential roles of libraries in communities. Each year, United for Libraries awards one for outstanding service.

The ALA Trustee Citation, established in 1941 to recognize public library Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the estimated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.

Equal consideration is given to Trustees of libraries of all sizes. Trustee service may have been performed on the local, state, regional, or national level, or a combination. In years when there are no sufficiently outstanding achievements brought to the attention of the United for Libraries Awards & Honors Committee, Citations may not be awarded.

The 2024 ALA Trustee Citation will be presented during Opening General Session of the 2024 ALA Annual Conference in San Diego. Attendance of the recipient is preferred; if this is not possible, the library director may attend on the Trustee’s behalf. Expenses for attending must be borne by the recipient(s) or their library organizations.

Requirements for nomination include:

  • Brief statement of the nominee’s achievements. 
  • Nomination(s) by any individual library Trustee, librarian, library board, state library agency, state library association, state Trustee association, or United for Libraries. Include names of nominator(s) and endorsing organizations and individuals. Current United for Libraries board members are not eligible to be nominated. Past recipients of the ALA Trustee Citation are not eligible to be nominated.
  • Personal membership in ALA and United for Libraries at the time of the award presentation if chosen.

Applications must be received by April 30, 2024. Applicants will be notified by May 10, 2024.

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