Contact: Eileen Hardy
For Immediate Release
February 15, 2005
Harry M. Kriz named Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award
CHICAGO - Harry M. Kriz, director for Interlibrary Services, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg (Va.), is the 2005 Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Librarian Award recipient. The Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Award recognizes and honors a librarian for outstanding professional achievement, leadership and contributions to ILL and document delivery and is administered by the Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
The award is named for Virginia Boucher, professor emeritus at the University of Colorado-Boulder and former ILL librarian whose significant contributions and leadership enhanced the field of interlibrary loan. The $2,000 award and citation are donated by OCLC, Online Computer Library Center.
"Harry Kriz is being recognized for his significant and sustained contributions to the interlibrary loan community; not only for his key role in the development of ILLiad, which revolutionized ILL processes and procedures, but also for his continuing commitment to the field, exemplified by his continuing writing and speaking engagements," stated Jennifer Block, chair of the award committee. "In addition, his contributions to data analysis in ILL, which he shares regularly and generously via listservs and publications, inspire other practitioners."
The award will be presented at the RUSA STARS Interlibrary Loan Discussion Group Meeting on Saturday, June 25, 2005, 8:30 a.m. till noon, during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.