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2014 CQ Press/Sage Marta Lange Award Winner: Brian E. Coutts 

Brian E. Couttsprofessor and head of the department of library public services at Western Kentucky University, has been awarded the 2014 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award. The award, established in 1996 by LPSS, honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

SAGE-CQ Press, sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque to Coutts during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

“Brian's scholarship is impressive, beginning his research and writing about Belize when it was still British Honduras, and over time interviewing all of the former Prime Ministers of that country for biographical sketches of their lives for two editions of The Encyclopedia of Latin American History & Culture,” said award chair Kelly Janousek, librarian at California State University-Long Beach. “As a former winner of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Louis Shores Oryx Press Award in 1999, he has stayed true to his bibliography roots with an annual article for Library Journal, ‘Best Reference Sources of the Year,’ since 1987.”

“He has been a true leader at Western Kentucky University, overseeing collection development and outreach initiatives that have been highly-regarded in his campus community,” Janousek continued.  “Brian was also selected in recognition of his long and distinguished service to many of ACRL’s Law and Political Science Section’s Program Planning Conference committees and serving two terms as LPSS member-at-large. His many years of service, including chairing both C&RL News and RCL: Resources for College Libraries editorial boards, represent exemplary dedication to the association. As his nominator put it, ‘Like Marta Lange, he’s a model of professional service and inspiration to others.’”

Coutts received his BA and MA from the University of Calgary and his MLS and PhD from Louisiana State University.

For more information regarding the ACRL LPSS Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.

2013 Annual LPSS Program:

Preparing, Sharing, & Archiving: What Scholars in Political Science and Law Need to Know & How We Can Help Them

Saturday June 29th, from 1:00-2:30 pm at McCormick Place Rm. N427d

Program Bibliography

Scholarly communication is in flux. While new publishing models are appearing and ground breaking legislation and court cases signal far reaching changes to the dissemination of research, university faculty are grappling with questions about copyright, author’s rights, and open access. Join us for a discussion with a panel of influential and active professionals engaged in the work of scholarly communications. Discover what political science and law scholars at your university need to know and how librarians can help them navigate the various choices open to them.

Find the program description, and download to your calendar from the ALA Scheduler.

LPSS Strategic Plan

In 2012, the Planning and Review Committee released the LPSS Strategic Plan that matches LPSS's future plans with ACRL's strategic plan, Plan for Excellence.

Thanks goes to the work of the Committee members: Jeremy Darrington, Erik Estep (chair) and Chris Palazzolo.

Spring 2012 LPSS Survey Results

The Membership Committee of ACRL’s Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) is pleased to report the results of its recent survey of members conducted electronically during the month of January, 2012.
Three lucky respondents to the survey were randomly selected for $50.00 gift cards:  Kathi Fountain, Erik Estep, and Bryan Carson.
The Committee thanks everyone for their participation. Information gathered will be used to improve the section and its programs.

Political Science Research Competency Guidelines

The Political Science Research Competency Guidelines and associated examples developed by the Law & Political Science Section of ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) are intended to illustrate the application of information literacy standards to research in political science and related disciplines, including public administration, law, criminal justice and civic education. The core ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, from which these guidelines are adapted, can be found at

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