World Kurdish man receives American Library Association award

Kurdish man receives American Library Association award
Amed Demirhan has been named the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award. (Photo: ALA)

CHICAGO, United States (Kurdistan24) - Kurdish-American librarian was awarded Monday for his contribution to international librarianship.

Amed Demirhan has been named the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award.

The award consists of a prize of $1,000 and a certificate to be presented at the International Relations Round Table on  June 26, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Demirhan’s library career began in 2001 while working at the Broward County Northwest Regional and South Regional/BC Library’s joint facilities, which served the public, schools, and academic communities.

In 2006, he led the establishment of the first library based on international standard with open stack and unrestricted internet access in the University of Kurdistan Hawler in Kurdistan Region.

He championed open access and e-resources for the university. 

In November 2011, he moved to Nigeria and began working as a director of the American University of Nigeria Library (AUNL), transforming the AUNL from a traditional library to a digital library. 

With a strong support from the University President, Dr. Margee Ensign, the library developed a campaign titled “99.9% of Your Resources are Electronic”. The library continues its campaign to go green by providing library resources by mobile devices.

In November 2012 under Demirhan’s leadership, the AUNL received “The Best University Digital Library Services in Nigeria” from the “Committee of University Librarians of Nigerian Universities” and in 2013 the library at AUN was awarded the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.

Demirhan was also selected as one of ALA’s Movers & Shakers for 2014. He has been an advocate of the digital library and smart libraries and made them especially relevant and useful to libraries in developing countries.

He has been an advocate of the digital library and smart libraries and made them especially relevant and useful to libraries in third world countries. 

Amed Demirhan, currently the General Manager/Director of Barzani National Memorial, was invited by KRG to lead the establishment of Barzani National Memorial Library, Museum, and associated services in accordance with the best international standard in Barzan, Kurdistan Region.