IFLA’s Honours and Awards offer a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge a colleague whose efforts you admire and respect. You can speak confidentially with others to initiate and support a nomination.

All authorised representatives of Members and Personal Affiliates are eligible to make nominations for Honorary Fellow and the IFLA Medal, and along with members of Section Standing Committees may make nominations for the Scroll of Appreciation.

Nominees for these awards should not be told that they are being nominated. Other awards, such as Professional Awards involve self-nomination, and so there is no need for secrecy.

Nomination for Honorary Fellow

A nomination for Honorary Fellow needs to be supported by at least four nominators who are (or who represent) current IFLA Members or Personal Affiliates, from different countries.

Nominations must include evidence to support any claims against the criteria, and must also be accompanied by at least three written referee reports. Referees should be different people to the nominators, and at least one referee should be (or should represent) an IFLA Member or Personal Affiliate. Referees should 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, the Governing Board will examine only the evidence provided by the nominators and the three referee reports submitted with the nomination. The evidence and referee reports provided should be based on the following required criteria:

  1. Exemplary personal and professional contribution to IFLA
  2. Leadership and influence amongst colleagues and peers
  3. Exemplary contribution to the global library field
  4. Efforts in fostering IFLA values, for example, diversity, inclusion and equality

Nomination for IFLA Medal

A nomination for the IFLA Medal needs to have at least three nominators who are (or who represent) current IFLA Members or Personal Affiliates, from different countries. A nomination must include evidence to support any claims of the nominee’s distinguished service or contribution to IFLA or to the global library field. Each nomination shall be accompanied by at least two written referee reports. Referees should be different people to the nominators, and at least one referee should be (or should represent) an IFLA Member or Personal Affiliate.

In making its decision, the Governing Board will examine only the evidence provided by the nominators and the two referee reports submitted with the nomination. The evidence and referee reports you provide should be based on the following required criteria:

  1. Distinguished personal and professional contribution to IFLA and /or distinguished personal and professional contribution to the global library field
  2. Efforts in fostering IFLA values, for example, diversity, inclusion and equality

Nomination for IFLA Scroll of Appreciation

A nomination for the IFLA Scroll of Appreciation needs to have at least two nominators who are (or who represent) current IFLA Members, Personal Affiliates or current members of a Section Standing Committee, from different countries. Each nomination shall be accompanied by at least one written referee report. The referee should be a different person to the nominators. A nomination must include evidence to support any claims of the nominee’s distinguished service or contribution to IFLA or to the global library field.

In making its decision, the Governing Board will examine only the evidence provided by the nominators and the referee report(s) submitted with this nomination. The evidence and referee report(s) you provide should be based on the following required criteria:

  1. Distinguished personal and professional contribution to IFLA’s committee(s) and/or group(s);
  2. Efforts in fostering IFLA values, for example, diversity, inclusion and equality.

Nomination for Professional Awards

Please refer to the page of each of the professional awards for information about nominations and applications.