Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award – Past Recipients

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Brian E. Coutts - 2014

Brian E. Coutts

“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.”

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Kathi Carlisle Fountain - 2013

Kathi Fountain

“The selection committee felt that Kathi represents the best of what the Marta Lange award recognizes in research, service and creative contributions to political science librarianship,” said award Chair Rosalind Tedford, director for research and instruction at Wake Forest University. “Her service to the Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) spans more than a decade and includes holding almost every position possible including chairing the section. Her work to more closely connect LPSS with the American Political Science Association and her tireless work as webmaster during times of transition for the section are especially commendable.”

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John Eaton - 2012

Nadine Hoffman presents John Eaton with his award

John Eaton’s accomplishments to service and scholarship in law librarianship are exemplary,” said award Chair Nadine R. Hoffman, natural resources, energy and environmental law librarian at the University of Calgary. “In particular, we recognize his dedication to the Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association Canadienne des Bibliothèques de Droit (CALL/ACBD) in a variety of capacities, including president. The most notable scholarly work includes two recent legal bibliography monographs serving new and experienced researchers in the structure of legal research for Canada and the United Kingdom.”

Photo: Nadine Hoffman presents John Eaton with his award.


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Stephen E. Atkins - 2011


Sue Atkins, Stephen Atkins' widow, accepts his plaque from Lynn RudasillStephen E. Atkins, former curator of the Dawson Collection and French Studies at the Cushing Library of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, was named the 2011 Marta Lange/CQ Press Award winner.  To quote Mary Gilles, Economics and Business Librarian at Washington State University (Pullman), and chair of the Award Committee: “During his life, Dr. Stephen E. Atkins, scholar and librarian, made distinguished contributions to the field of political science. His encyclopedias, reference handbook and annotated guide to sources in the area of arms control, security studies and terrorism are standard works in academic library reference collections. In addition, Dr. Atkins was dedicated to the profession, serving as chair of LPSS, 1989-1990, as well as in other roles and positions within ALA. Dr. Atkins possessed some of the finest qualities sought in LPSS Marta Lange/ CQ Press Award recipients.”

Photo: Sue Atkins accepted her late husband's award on his behalf from Lynn Rudasill.

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Bruce Pencek – 2010


Bruce Pencek, Marta Lange/CQ Press Award winner, 2010

"Bruce Pencek is an innovator and a leader in establishing connections and collaborating with political science faculty," said Barbara L. Morgan, chair of the award committee and law reference librarian at the University of Massachusetts. "He was instrumental in developing LPSS preconferences at the last two annual meetings of the American Political Science Association. In addition, he recently completed an outstanding term as editor of the LPSS News from 2006-10."

Photo: Kelly Janousek presents Bruce Pencek with his award.

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Lynne M. Rudasill – 2009


Leslie Hozmie, chair of the Marta Lange Award Committee said, "As the first and only global studies librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lynne has made a number of contributions to the library profession through articles published in books, peer reviewed and general academic library journals and through a host of presentations both at home and abroad....Through her Web site created for the Global Studies Library at UIUC she continues to engage users in international studies."

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Lisa Norberg – 2008

Lisa Norberg, 2008 winner

Brian E. Coutts, chair of the Marta Lange Award Committee said, "Lisa was selected in recognition of her distinguished service to ACRL as Chair-Elect and Chair of LPSS, for outstanding research on access to government information and public presentations nationally and internationally; and for her distinguished teaching as a Public Affairs and Government Librarian and as an Adjunct Professor of Library Science."

Photo: Lisa Norberg (second from left) accepted her award from Andrea Petrowski, Kelly Janousek, and Brian Coutts.

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Binh Le – 2007


This year’s winner is Binh Le, Associate Librarian at Pennsylvania State University at Abington. Binh was selected for his outstanding scholarship including bibliographic work on Vietnam’s Economic Transformation, 1986-2000 and his research on Asian Gangs in the United States; for his active service to the profession in LPSS and as chair of the Asian, African and Middle Eastern section of ACRL; and for his outstanding work for the Library and Education Assistance Foundation for Vietnam (LEAF), an organization dedicated to improving libraries and librarianship in Vietnam.

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Graham Walden – 2006


Prof. Graham Walden, subject specialist for communication, Germanic languages and literatures, and humanities and social science reference at the Ohio State University Libraries, is the recipient of the 2006 ACRL LPSS Marta Lange/CQ Press Award. The award was presented June 24 at ALA Annual.

In selecting Walden for the award, the committee recognized his significant contributions to the field of librarianship through research and publications and his service to the profession and the Ohio State University.

Walden is an expert on the literature of public opinion polling and survey research. His major publications in these areas include: Public OpinPolls and Survey Research: a Selective Annotated Bibliography of U.S. Guides and Studies from the 1980’s; Polling and Survey Research Methods 1935-1979: An Annotated Bibliography; and Survey Research Methodology, 1990-1999. He has also published two book chapters, two peer-reviewed journal articles, and over 100 book reviews.

Walden has also served on many ACRL committees, many of which were with LPSS. He chaired the Marta Lange/CQ Press committee in 2003-04. He served as president of the Government Documents Roundtable of Ohio (1989-1990) and as a member of the program committee and the resolutions subcommittee of the Ohio White House Conference on Library and Information Services (1990). He has also served on many important committees at Ohio State, including its promotion and tenure committee.

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Merle J. Slyhoff – 2005


At the 2005 ALA Annual Conference, more than 40 colleagues honored the ACRL LPSS Marta Lange CQ Press Award recipient Merle Slyhoff, Document Delivery & Auxiliary Services Librarian and Lecturer in Law, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania.

Slyhoff holds an exemplary record of leadership and service in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), ALA and LPSS, as well as scholarship and research. Her other significant contributions include the creation of the AALL’s Document Delivery Caucus in 1994; the Video and DVD collection at the University of Pennsylvania’s Biddle Law Library; and a web site to support a distinctive law school course entitled Law and the Holocaust. She has also been the General Editor of Law Books in Print since 2001.

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Lucia Snowhill – 2004


Congratulations to the 2004 Marta Lange/CQ Award winner Lucia Snowhill, Collections Coordinator, Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lucia has demonstrated over many years the kind of commitment to LPSS that has made her a standout. Lucia has been active in a number of committees and has been the editor of the section newsletter. Collection responsibility has been in the area of social sciences, particularly political science, law, and government documents.

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Rosemary Allen Little – 2003


The late Rosemary Allen Little, public administration, politics and law librarian at Princeton University Library, has been named the 2003 recipient of Marta Lange/Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Award. The award, established in 1996 by the ACRL Law and Political Science Section (LPSS), honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

"The letters of nomination commend Rosemary Little as a lifelong champion including selfless dedication to the promotion of access to government information," said Committee Chair Connie Salyers Stoner. "She helped found the ALA's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) through which she furthered awareness of international and foreign government documents.

"Her career path at Princeton was a model of excellence in the areas of mentorship, professional development and international engagement," Stoner continued. "Several of her Princeton faculty colleagues praised her commitment for working with people at every stage of their academic careers, from undergraduates to advanced scholars. She treated students with the same professionalism, dedication and respect she accorded senior members of the faculty. Virtually everyone who has spent any time in the Princeton Politics Department has a positive story to tell about her professionalism and love of knowledge."

Little received her A.B. from Douglass College in 1960 and her M.L.S. from Rutgers University in 1961.

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Mary Fetzer – 2002


Rutgers librarian wins 2002 award from Assoc. of College & Research Libraries

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Cheryl Nyberg – 2001


Cheryl Nyberg is Winner of the 2001 Marta Lange/CQ Award

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Grace York – 2000


Congratulations to the 2000 Marta Lange/CQ Award winner Grace York, Coordinator, Documents Center, University of Michigan Library!

Grace exemplifies the qualities we seek in awarding the Marta Lange/CQ Award. Her numerous contributions to the profession, in the form of articles, web sites, committee work, and speaking engagements have shown her to be a vital source in furthering the cause of government information, both domestically and worldwide.


Jolande Goldberg – 1999


Jolande Goldberg Receives Marta Lange/CG Award


Laura Gasaway – 1998


Laura Gasaway, Director of the Law Library and Professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the recipient of the third annual Marta Lange/CQ Award. An expert in copyright law, Professor Gasaway has taught numerous workshops, and spoken at many conferences nationwide. She has an impressive record of publication on topics ranging from copyright to women in the law and sexual harassment. She also has a distinguished record of service in the American Association of Law Libraries, serving as its president in 1986-87, and in the Special Libraries Association, which honored her with the John Cotton Dana Award in 1987.


Grace W. "Betty" Taylor – 1997


Grace W. "Betty" Taylor, Director of the Legal Information Center and Clarence J. TeSelle Professor of Law, College of Law, University of Florida, is the recipient of the second annual Marta Lange/CQ Award.

Professor Taylor has a long and distinguished career of blending librarianship, law and computers. She is a national and international leader in law library automation, a true pioneer in the field. Her career is replete with firsts, including the honor of being the first woman to hold an endowed professorship at the University of Florida. She has an impressive record of sharing her knowledge and expertise through publications, presentations, and committee service.

Robert Goehlert – 1996


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