IFLA Medal

The Governing Board may confer the IFLA Medal on a person who has made a distinguished contribution either to IFLA or to international librarianship.

Subject to successful nomination, it is anticipated that one medal would be awarded each year, to a nominee from the country hosting the IFLA WLIC.

Nominations for IFLA Medal shall be submitted to the Secretary General on the prescribed form by the date determined.

Nominations for the IFLA Medal shall be required to have at least two nominators who are current IFLA Members.

Nominations shall include evidence to support any claims of the nominee's distinguished contribution either to IFLA or to international librarianship.

Nominations shall be accompanied by at least two written referee reports. Referees should not also be nominators, and at least one referee should be an IFLA Member.

Referees shall address the nominee's suitability for the award, in relation to the criteria, and may provide further information relevant to the award if desired.

In making its decision on whether a nominee has made a distinguished contribution either to IFLA or to international librarianship, the Executive Committee shall examine only the evidence provided to it through the nomination. To assist in making its decision the Executive Committee may refer a nomination back to the nominators for further information or clarification.

Before determining whether a member has made a distinguished contribution either to IFLA or to international librarianship, the Executive Committee shall consider any evidence it considers appropriate, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  1. length of service to IFLA or the profession;
  2. nature of the distinguished contribution to IFLA or to international librarianship;
  3. significance of that contribution to IFLA or to international librarianship.

Past recipients:

  • Buhle Mbambo-Thata, 2018
  • Teresa Hackett, 2018
  • Martyn Wade, 2017
  • Gordon Dunsire, 2016
  • Antonio M. Santos, 2016
  • Jesús Lau, 2014
  • Peter Johan Lor, 2014
  • Pascal Sanz, 2014
  • Helena Asamoah-Hassan, 2012
  • Jay Jordan, 2012
  • Eeva Kristiina Murtomaa, 2012
  • Paul Sturges, 2011
  • Elizabet Ramos de Carvalho, 2010
  • INIST, France, 2010
  • Ulf Göranson, 2009
  • Shawky Salem, 2009
  • Winnie Vitzansky, 2009
  • Adolfo Rodriguez Gallardo, 2008
  • Rima Kupryte, 2008
  • Abdel-Aziz Abid, 2007
  • Dato' Zawiya Baba, 2007
  • Wim van Drimmelen, 2007
  • Marga Coing, 2006
  • Virginia Betancourt, 2005
  • Esko Häkli, 2005
  • Ia McIlwaine, 2005
  • Sissel Nilsen, 2005
  • Rosa María Fernández de Zamora, 2004
  • Derek Law, 2003
  • Børge Sørensen, 2003
  • Lioba Betten, 2003
  • Hans-Jürgen Schubert, 2003

Last update: 17 October 2018