ALCTS Seeks Nominations for 2003 Awards

Each year ALCTS presents eight awards to honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, creative work, leadership, and service in the field of library collections and technical services. A key element in the success of these awards is the help that you, the ALCTS members, provide in identifying colleagues whose accomplishments merit recognition. Juries appointed to select recipients for the awards are currently seeking nominations. A brief description of each award, along with relevant criteria for selection, appears below. The deadline for nominations and supporting documentation is December 1, 2002.

The Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, a citation and $1,500 donated by Preservation Technologies was first given in 2001 and is administered by the Preservation and Reformatting Section. The award will be given to recognize the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation or conservation for library or archival materials. Send nominations to Wesley Boomgaarden, Ohio State University, Language and Area Studies, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210-1286; (614) 292-5085.

Best of LRTS Award, presented to the author or authors of the best paper published during each year in Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS), the official ALCTS journal. Send nominations to Sandra Beehler, Lewis and Clark College, Aubrey R. Watzek Library, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Portland, OR 97219; (503) 768-7268.

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award honors the author or authors of the year’s outstanding monograph, article, or original paper in the field of acquisitions, collection development, and related areas of resources development in libraries. Blackwell’s will donate a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the winning author’s choice. The scholarship will be given to a student concentrating in the acquisitions or collection development areas. Send nominations to Sharon Bonk, Queens College, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367-1575; (718) 997-3760.

Bowker/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award, administered by the Serials Section, consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by R. R. Bowker recognizing distinguished contributions to serials librarianship through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs, contributions to the body of serials literature, research conducted in the area of serials, development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials, or other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials. Send nominations to Margaret Mering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Love Library, Lincoln, NE 68588-0410; (402) 472-3545.

First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant, a citation and $1,500 donated by John Wiley and Sons and administered by the Serials Section, provides librarians new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and to encourage professional development in ALA conferences and participation in Serials Section activities. All ALA members with five or fewer years’ professional experience in the serials field who have not previously attended an ALA Annual Conference are eligible. Send nominations to Betty Landesman,2440 16th Street NW, Apt. 509, Washington, DC 20009; (202) 232-0186.

Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award, a citation and $1,500 donated by Harrassowitz, is presented by the Acquisitions Section for significant contributions by an individual of outstanding leadership in the field of library acquisitions. Recognition is made for individual achievement of a high order in this area. Send nominations to Marie Seymour-Green, University of Delaware, Morris Library, Serials Unit, 181 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19717-5267; (302) 831-6941.

Margaret Mann Citation, a citation and $2,000 to the library school of the winner’s choice, donated by OCLC, is administered by the Cataloging and Classification Section. This award is presented to a cataloger or classifier for outstanding professional achievement in the areas of cataloging or classification through publication, participation in professional cataloging associations, or valuable contributions to practice in individual libraries. Send nominations to Daniel Kinney, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Main Library, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3300; (631) 632-7921.

Esther J. Piercy Award, a citation and $1,500 donated by Yankee Book Peddler, recognizes the contribution to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than ten years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership. Send nominations to D. E. Perushek, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hamilton Library, 2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822; (808) 956-7205.

For additional information, contact Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 280-5030 or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5030; fax: (312) 280-5033; e-mail:

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