Janet Lee, a board member ILCE-IG since its inception in 2012, has been named the 2021 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, which is presented to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.
The award, sponsored by OCLC/Forest Press, consists of $1,000 and a plaque was presented virtually (via Zoom) at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. OCLC/Forest Press donated the cash award.
The ALA Press Release (link following) chronicles her professional achievements, starting with her Peace Corps experience in southern Ethiopia and multiple return visits to set up libraries and conduct workshops. It includes references to professional organizations such as the Colorado Association of Libraries, the American Library Association, and the International Federation of Libraries and Institutions. Her accomplishments include serving on numerous committees, delivering multiple presentations, editing several journals and newsletters (both print and electronic), writing more than a few articles, being awarded some small grants, and monitoring related social media.
In her acceptance speech, she acknowledged the great impact that her Peace Corps Ethiopia experience and multiple trips back “home” to Ethiopia had on her. She dedicated the award to “the students of Axum” where she lived for nearly a year as a Fulbright Scholar. She intends to use the monetary award for further projects in libraries and literacy in Axum.