ALCTS Awards Honor Outstanding Contributions

Each year ALCTS and its sections present eight awards to honor individuals who have made highly significant contributions in the areas of technicalrvices, collection development, and preservation. The 2004 ALCTS awards were presented on June 27, 2004 at a special ceremony during ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

In addition, ALCTS President Brian Schottlaender chose to recognize the exceptional achievement of seven people who have made very special contributions to ALCTS, with Presidential Citations.

Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award
Best of LRTS Award
Blackwell's Scholarship Award
Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award
First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant
Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award
Margaret Mann Citation
Esther J. Piercy Award

Presidential Citations

Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

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Left to Right: Robert Strauss (Preservation Technologies), Patricia Selinger(ALCTS Preservation & Reformatting Section Chair), Jan Merrill-Oldham (Harvard University), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President), Andy Hart (Award Jury)

Jan Merrill-Oldham, the Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian, Harvard University Library and Harvard College Library, has been named recipient of the 2004 Paul Banks & Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. Ms. Merrill-Oldham has been active in the field of preservation and conservation for more than twenty years. She was a preservation intern at Yale University during 1979-1980. After completing her internship, she spent a year surveying the preservation needs of the University of Connecticut Libraries. In 1981 she became the first preservation officer at the University of Connecticut Libraries, where she developed and managed a comprehensive preservation program. In 1995, she moved to Harvard University, where she is the Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian.

Ms. Merrill-Oldham is a recognized leader in the field of preservation. She has made presentations at numerous conferences and workshops, and has authored or served as editor of more than forty publications. She is an active participant in American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Institute for Conservation, the Rare Book School, the Council on Library Resources, the Commission on Preservation and Access, the Society of American Archivists, the Library of Congress National Preservation Program, and the Library Binding Institute. She has worked tirelessly serving on committees and task forces, developing standards, and helping to shape the preservation agenda.

Ms. Merrill-Oldham's major contribution has been through her role in improving library binding,and improving preservation for libraries of every type. She provided leadership to the Library Binding Institute and in the development of the landmark 1986 "LBI Standard for Library Binding." She has worked to educate librarians about quality binding through countless presentations and publications, especially the Guide to the LBI Standard in 1990, and she continues to work for improvements in repeated service with National Information Standards Organization on standards for Library Binding and for Hardcover Binding for Books (the standard for publishers' bindings).

The Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award presented by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) honors the memories of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation, teachers, and mentors for many in the field of preservation. The award, consisting of $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P., recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.

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Best of LRTS Award

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Left to Right: Mark Watson (Award Jury), Peggy Johnson ( LRTS Editor), Amy Weiss (Appalachian State University), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President)

Amy Weiss, Coordinator of Cataloging at Appalachian State University, has won the 2003 Best of LRTS Award for her article, "Proliferating Guidelines: A History and Analysis of the Cataloging of Electronic Resources." Ms. Weiss article was published in Library Resources & Technical Services, 47: 4 (2003) 171-187.

In her article, Weiss traces the on-going efforts since the 1970s to create standards for the cataloging of constantly evolving electronic resources. She sorts out the highly complex and often confusing rules and guidelines, and shows how and why it has been so difficult for the cataloging community to create consistent directions for the description of resources that are changing so rapidly. This article will have enduring value, not only for current practitioners by showing how the present situation has come to be the way it is, but also for future librarians and historians by presenting a very clear depiction of a highly volatile and seminal period in the history of cataloging services.

The award, a citation and $250, is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in the official journal of ALCTS, Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS). Weiss holds a bachelor's degree in Art from Mount Holyoke College, a master's of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Fine Art with a concentration in painting, and an MLS from the University of Maryland.

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Blackwell's Scholarship Award

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Left to Right: John Unsworth (Dean of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science), Robert Holley (Award Jury), Carol Pitts Diedrichs (ALCTS President-Elect), Marc Truitt (University of Houston), Katherine Farrell (Princeton University), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President)

Katherine Treptow Farrell and Marc D. Truitt have been selected for their article "The Case for Acquisitions Standards in the Integrated Library System," published in Library Collections, Acquisitions & Technical Services, 27 (2003) 483-492. Farrell is currently Head, Order Division, and Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services at Princeton University Libraries. She holds a B.A. in literature from Ursinus College and an MLIS from Rutgers University. Truitt is Assistant Dean for Systems, University of Houston. He holds a B.A. in Russian and East European studies from Yale University, an M.A. in history from Stanford University, and an MS from Columbia University. Farrell and Truitt were recipients of the 2003 ACRL Samuel Lazerow Fellowship, to continue research in the area of acquisitions standards, and spoke on data models for acquisitions standards at the 2003 Charleston Conference.

In their article, Farrell and Truitt have called attention to a long neglected area for standards setting. After pointing out the pitfalls of current proprietary systems, they clearly articulate the importance of standards for the daily functioning of acquisitions, for system migration, for fiscal comparisons, and for the collection of bibliographic and management data. The implementation of acquisitions standards would facilitate research and allow accurate comparisons across systems. To quote from the article, "… for as long as there are no standards … Systems designers working in the absence of standards will continue to hobble us with minimally functional, proprietary acquisitions solutions that reflect the view that 'acquisitions is simply the library version of an inventory control and invoice-processing system.'"

The award, a citation and $2,000 scholarship to the library school of the winner's choice donated by Blackwell's, is given to the author(s) of an outstanding monograph, published article or original paper on acquisitions, collection development or related areas of resource development. Farrell and Truitt have designated the $2,000 scholarship be awarded to the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

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Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award

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Left to Right: Beverley Geer(Award Jury), Yvette Diven (R.R. Bowker), Mary Page (ALCTS Serials Section Chair), Pamela Bluh (University of Maryland School of Law), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President)

Pamela Bluh, Associate Director for Technical Services and Administration at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law, has been recognized for her many contributions in the development of best practices in serials librarianship and her multi-faceted influence on the serials profession. Bluh has been a leader in establishing continuing education for serials issues, including creation of institutes on topics of emerging importance. She has written extensively as well as serving as editor in a number of capacities, including for ALCTS. Her work has helped significantly to disseminate discussions about treatment of electronic resources. Bluh is actively involved in important organizational work, creating productive, supportive relationships among individuals and organizations in the library and information community. She has long advocated the importance and promotion of the use of EDI for workflow within a library and for communication with trade partners.

Bluh received a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University, a master's degree in German from Northwestern University, and her MLS from George Peabody College.

Presented by the ALCTS Serials Section, the award consists of a citation and $1,500, donated by R. R. Bowker. This award is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship, including but not limited to those made within the previous three years, demonstrated by such activities as leadership in serials-related activities through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs, contributions to the body of serials literature, conduct of research in the area of serials, development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials, other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials.

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First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant

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Left to Right: Karen Darling (Award Jury), Mary Page (ALCTS Serials Section Chair), Vickie Melicher (Ohio Wesleyan University)Trudy Lindsey (John Wiley & Sons), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President)

Vickie Melicher was selected because of her demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development through association memberships and active participation in state professional groups. Melicher expressed a keen desire to participate in ALA at the national level, and an eagerness to learn more about the profession and to network with other professionals in the serials field. Melicher is the serials librarian at Ohio Wesleyan University. She received a B.S. in business administration--marketing from the University of Northern Colorado, and her MLIS from Kent State University. She is already an active member of the Academic Library Association of Ohio and the North American Serials Interest Group. John Wiley & Sons sponsors the $1,500 grant Presented by the Serials Section, providing librarians new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspective, encouraging professional development by attending ALA Annual Conference and participate in ALCTS Serials Section activities. It is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees, and related expenses.

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Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award

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Left to Right: Nancy Slight-Gibney (Award Jury), Knut Dorn (Harrassowitz), Nancy Gibbs (ALCTS Acquisitions Section Chair), Kent Mulliner (Ohio University), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President)

Kent Mulliner, collection development coordinator and assistant to the dean of University Libraries at Ohio University, has been selected to receive the 2004 Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. Throughout his library career, Mulliner has taken leadership roles in advancing regional and national acquisitions and collection development projects. He was instrumental in the implementation of an innovative approval plan for the state of Ohio, which became a model for similar plans in other areas. More recently, he participated in the negotiations, which led to the establishment of a recovery plan for divine/Faxon customers. His relationships with publishers and vendors have been invaluable in helping to craft an acceptable solution for libraries.

Mulliner is active in professional organizations and has authored a number of articles and monographs, including recent articles on acquiring out-of-print materials, E-journals, and E-commerce. He is a frequent speaker at professional meetings and is well known for his lively presentations at The Charleston Conference. He has also served as a lecturer in political science and international studies at Ohio University. Mulliner completed his undergraduate and graduate work in political science with an emphasis on Southeast Asia before receiving his MLS from Kent State University.

The Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award, sponsored annually by Harrassowitz, is given to a librarian to recognize contributions and outstanding leadership in the field of acquisitions.

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Margaret Mann Citation

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Left to Right: Aimee Dorr (University of California - Los Angeles Department of Library and Information Science), Peter Jasco (University of Hawaii Library and Information Science Program), Liz Bishoff (OCLC), Jennifer Bowen (ALCTS Cataloging & Classification Section Chair), Barbara Tillett (Library of Congress), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President) , Kate Harcourt (Award Jury)

Barbara Tillett, Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office at the Library of Congress, is the recipient of the 2004 Margaret Mann Citation presented by the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) of ALCTS. She is being honored for her extraordinary contributions to the theory and the practice of cataloging. Among Tillett's noteworthy contributions are her work developing and explaining the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' (IFLA) Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records (FRBR), implementing the Library of Congress's first integrated library system, spearheading work on the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF), leading IFLA's efforts to develop an international cataloging code, and contributing substantively to a new edition of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR). Her achievements have given shape and direction to the work of many others in our profession, catalogers and non-catalogers alike.

The Functional Requirements for Biographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model represents a significant advance in cataloging theory, as the foundation of much theoretical and practical work to improve user access to materials in libraries and in other, non-library collections. The VIAF project attempts to link authority records from around the world and make them available via the Internet, allowing national or regional variations in authorized forms to co-exist, and supporting worldwide users' needs to see names in their preferred language, script, and spelling.

At a time when many are challenging the relevance and utility of cataloging, Tillett has breathed new life into the field, centering her work on meeting the needs of the library user through innovations in library technology and cataloging concepts. Her work represents an essential bridge between the world of traditional catalogers and that of metadata librarians, enabling each to understand and appreciate the importance of the other.

Tillett holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Hawaii, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Mann Citation recognizes outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, either through publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional cataloging associations, demonstrated excellence in teaching cataloging, or valuable contributions to the technical improvement of cataloging and classification and/or the introduction of a new technique of recognized importance. The citation consists of a certificate and a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient's honor by Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to the library school of the winner's choice. Tillett has designated that the scholarship be awarded to both the University of Hawaii and UCLA, each receiving $1,000.

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Esther J. Piercy Award

The award, a citation and $1,500 donated by YBP, Inc., is given to a librarian with fewer than ten years' experience for contributions and leadership in the field of library collections and technical services. The jury chose not to give the award this year.

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Presidential Citations

The citations were read by ALCTS President Brian Schottlaender, and presented to the recipients by Past President Olivia Madison and President-Elect Carol Pitts Diedrichs.

PRESIDENTIAL CITATION to Matthew Beacom -

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Left to Right: Olivia Madison (ALCTS Past-President), Matthew Beacom (Yale University), Carol Pitts Diedrichs (ALCTS President-Elect), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President)

"In recognition of his leadership as the ALA representative to the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of AACR, and as Chair of that committee; for his contributions to further refining the JSC's vision for moving AACR into the broader world of resource description and access; for guiding CC:DA through the most intensive period of activity in its history; and for his quiet but unswerving focus on facilitating end-user access while building a cataloging code grounded in a solid theoretical base."

Matthew Beacom is Electronic Resources Coordinator and Cataloger at Yale University.

PRESIDENTIAL CITATION to Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer -

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Left to Right: Olivia Madison (ALCTS Past-President), Pamela Bluh (University of Maryland School of Law), Cindy Hepfer (University of Buffalo Health Sciences Library), Carol Pitts Diedrichs (ALCTS President-Elect), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President)

"In recognition of their leadership in advancing the Association's continuing education objectives by creating two successful Midwinter institutes: "Managing Electronic Resources" in 2003 and "Taming the Electronic Tiger: Effective Management of e-Resources" in 2004. These lively, beautifully organized, and well-attended events upheld the ALCTS tradition of providing outstanding educational opportunities to its members and the broader library community."

Pamela Bluh is Associate Director for Technical Services and Administration, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law; Cindy Hepfer is Head, Collection Management Services, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo

PRESIDENTIAL CITATION to Genevieve S. Owens -

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Left to Right: Olivia Madison (ALCTS Past-President), Genevieve Owens (Williamsburg Regional Library), Carol Pitts Diedrichs (ALCTS President-Elect), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President)

"In recognition of her energetic, determined, and successful efforts to revitalize the ALCTS Publications Program during her tenure as Chair of the ALCTS Publications Committee, including: systematizing the calendar and editorial processes for publications; working with the ALCTS Executive Director to draft the Association's Publishing Business Plan; coordinating the recruitment of new editors for LRTS and the ALCTS Paper Series; and restructuring the production of the Library Materials Price Index."

Genevieve Owens is Assistant Director, Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg, VA

PRESIDENTIAL CITATION to Cathy De Rosa, Lorcan Dempsey and Alane Wilson -

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Left to Right: Olivia Madison (ALCTS Past-President), Cathy DeRosa and Alane Wilson (OCLC), Carol Pitts Diedrichs (ALCTS President-Elect), Brian E.C. Schottlaender (ALCTS President)

"In recognition of their manifest contributions to Pattern Recognition, the 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan. Visually and narratively compelling, this "high-level view of the information landscape" not only accomplishes its goal of stimulating strategic thinking, but sets a standard for clarity and readability at the same time. Cogent and insightful, Pattern Recognition is destined to become a classic in the field."

Cathy De Rosa is Vice President of Corporate Marketing; Lorcan Dempsey is Vice President of Research and Chief Strategist; and Alane Wilson is Senior Marketing Analyst, Cataloging & Metadata Services, at OCLC, Inc.

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