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 technical services, collection development, and preservation. The 2005 ALCTS awards were presented on June 26, 2005 at a special ceremony during ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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

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Paul Banks & Carolyn Harris award: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President; Robert Strauss, Preservation Technologies; Paul Conway, award recipient; Yvonne Carignan, Chair, Preservation and Reformatting Section.

Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

Paul Conway, Director of Information Technology Services, Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC, has been named the recipient of the 2005 Paul Banks & Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. Conway’s professional career includes: Archivist, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library; Preservation Program Officer for the Society of American Archivists; and Research and Evaluation Staff for the National Archives and Records Administration. He completed his Ph.D. in 1991 at the University of Michigan with a dissertation titled “Archival Preservation in the United States and the Role of Information Sources.” Then at Yale, as Head of the Preservation Department, he applied his analytical skills to a broad range of library preservation challenges.

His Project Open Book, a research and development program on the feasibility of converting microfilm to digital images, reflects Conway’s intense interest in the relationship between preservation and digitization, an area in which he is most widely known for his writing, public speaking, and teaching. His 1996 report for the Commission on Preservation and Access, Preservation in the Digital World, presented a cogent, thoughtful, and accessible analysis of daunting new challenges in preservation.

Conway articulates the nature of preservation for digital content and exploration of the application of digital tools in preservation through numerous publications, professional service, and public speaking. He has served as an instructor for the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s School for Scanning programs and for graduate courses at many institutions. In his work as a leader, administrator, and teacher, he is known for his creativity, intellectual curiosity, analytical ability, and unflinching desire to ask and tackle the toughest questions.

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: Peggy Johnson, LRTS Editor; Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President; Kristin Antelman, award recipient.

Best of LRTS Award

Kristin Antelman, Associate Director for Information Technology at North Carolina State University, has won the 2005 Best of LRTS Award for her article, “Identifying the Serial Work as a Bibliographic Entity.” Antelman’s article was published in Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS), volume 48, number 4, October 2004, pages 238–55.

Antelman has made an original, timely, and important contribution to the body of knowledge on bibliographic control and identification of serials. With few publications on FRBR (Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) applications to serials, this article makes a new contribution by demonstrating how application of FRBR principles can solve a problem of increasing urgency in the age of electronic journals and aggregators: how to uniquely identify the serial “work” and its relationships to other serial entities. She focuses on the needs and behavior of the networked user in arguing for a reconsideration of how serials are identified, expertly building on the cataloging principles and theories of the past and the current capabilities of the networked environment to make a cohesive case for a changed approach to our bibliographic control of serials.

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). Antelman received her BA from the University of Michigan, MA in Political Science from Columbia University, and MA in Library Science from the University of Chicago.

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Blackwell’s Scholarship Award: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President; Dr. Mary Wagner, College of St. Catherine; Dan Halloran, Blackwell’s; Peggy Johnson, award recipient.

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award

The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for 2005 goes to Peggy Johnson for her monograph, Fundamentals of Collection Development & Management, published in 2004 by the American Library Association. The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award honors the author of the year’s outstanding monograph or article in the field of acquisitions, collection development, and related areas of resources development in libraries.

Johnson has written a superb monograph that brings together both the theoretical and practical aspects of collection development & management. She takes the reader through the basics of building a collection through cooperative collection development into collection analysis. The book will shape collection development education in the years to come.

Johnson, the Associate University Librarian for Access Services at the University of Minnesota Libraries, holds a BA from St. Olaf College, an MA from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School, and an MA in Administration & Management from Metropolitan State University.

Blackwell’s donates 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. Peggy Johnson has selected the Library School program at the College of St Catherine in St Paul, Minnesota.

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Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship award: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President; Yvette Bivins, Bowker/Ulrich; Dan Tonkery, award recipient; Lauren Corbett, Chair, Serials Section.

Bowker/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

Dan Tonkery, Vice-President of Business Development, EBSCO Information Services, is the winner of the 2005 Bowker/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award for his many contributions to the field of serials librarianship and for his multifaceted influence on the serials profession.

Tonkery has one of the most versatile careers in serials librarianship today, beginning in 1970 as Serials Cataloger for the National Library of Medicine, later founding and building LC’s National Serials Data Program and CONSER Program, and then at UCLA. Moving to the vendor side of serials, he became a Senior Vice-President for the Faxon Company; President and Founder, Horizon Information Services; President and CEO, Readmore, Inc.; Partner and Owner TDT Ventures; then President of Faxon, before moving to his present position for the EBSCO Company. Tonkery has given numerous and well received presentations at various library conferences, symposiums, workshops, and other professional library meetings. Tonkery has also effectively wielded the pen, as he has written extensively in numerous library and other scientific publications, and has served for many years as member of the editorial board for Serials Review. Tonkery’s work in professional associations has been impressive, particularly ALA and North American Serials Interest Group.

Tonkery received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from David Lipscomb University, Nashville and his MLS from the University of Illinois.

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/Wiley Professional Development grant: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President; Athena Michael, John Wiley & Sons; Jennifer J. Arnold, award recipient; Lauren Corbett, Chair, Serials Section.

First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant

Jennifer Arnold, Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), is the recipient of the 2005 First Step-Wiley Professional Development Grant. Arnold’s demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development is evident through her expressed eagerness to participate in ALA at the national level. Her participation on the local, state and regional levels, and a desire to learn more about the profession and to network with professional colleagues, has resulted in several presentations and a forthcoming article in the spring 2005 issue of Community and Junior College Libraries Journal. Arnold’s abilities to resolve complex bibliographic problems inspired her to take on the task of serials management at her institution. She established the CPCC serials module using best practices for the community college environment, which resulted in policies and procedures that founded the philosophy of serials management at the CPCC Library.

Arnold received a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies, and her M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

John Wiley & Sons sponsors this $1,500 grant, which offers librarians new to the serials field an opportunity to broaden their perspective by attending an ALA Annual Conference and by encouraging professional growth through participation in ALCTS Serials Section activities.

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Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award

The Acquisitions Section of ALCTS is pleased to announce that Scott Wicks has been selected to receive the 2005 Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. Wicks, Head of Acquisitions, Bibliographic Control and Government Documents at Cornell University’s Library, represents a new generation of acquisitions librarians who are constantly seeking new solutions to old problems. His knowledge of and experience with the delicate relationship between acquisitions, cataloging and collection development, as well as his vision and determination led him to develop ITSO CUL, an innovative system that supports one-stop selection, ordering and processing of library materials.

Wicks holds a BA from State University College at Geneseo (N.Y.) and an MLS from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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 and includes a $1,500 gift.
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Margaret Mann Citation: Virginia Walter, UCLA; Phyllis Spies, OCLC; Sara Shatford Layne, Chair, Cataloging and Classification Section; Dorothy McGarry, award recipient; Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President.

Margaret Mann Citation

Dorothy McGarry, retired Head of the Cataloging Division of the UCLA Physical Sciences and Technology Libraries and Librarian Emerita at UCLA, is the recipient of the 2005 Margaret Mann Citation presented by the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) of ALCTS. McGarry is being recognized for her many contributions to the practice of cataloging; in particular, her prolific involvement in professional association work at regional, national, and international levels. Her association work encompasses a number of ALA divisions and activities, distinguished service in the Special Libraries Association advocating for cataloging issues, and intense involvement at the international level over the past fifteen years, including the chair of the IFLA Section on Classification & Indexing.

Throughout her career McGarry has made significant contributions to cataloging, mentoring and training of catalogers, and the improvement and adoption of standards. As coeditor of Seymour Lubetzky: Writings on the Classical Art of Cataloging, she extends her outreach to new generations of librarians. As a consultant, McGarry has assisted librarians in many countries implement international cataloging standards and practices. She has helped both individuals and the profession by recruiting and encouraging librarians to serve on committees, task forces, and working groups of many professional organizations.

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. McGarry holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of California, Los Angeles, which she has designated to receive the scholarship.

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Esther Piercy Award: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President; Rosann Bazjirian, ALCTS President-elect; Terry Paul Reese, award recipient; Bob Nardini, YBP.

Esther J. Piercy Award

Terry Paul Reese, Digital Unit Production Head and Cataloger for Networked Resources at Oregon State University, is the 2005 recipient of the Esther J. Piercy Award for his contributions in creating and developing the MarcEdit program. MarcEdit is an indispensable tool for the manipulation of MARC records, which is used by libraries, vendors, and utilities around the globe. One of his nominees stated it well, “Few, if any, make such a profound impact on technical services so early in their careers.”

Reese will receive a $1,500 grant donated by YBP, Inc. and a citation. This award is given to recognize the contribution to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with not more than ten years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

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Support staff travel grants: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS President; Rhonda Marker, awards jury; Lydia Williams, award recipient; Tom Taylor, Vice President, Sage Publications; Linda Christine Erickson, award recipient; Valerie Johns, Sage Publications; Dale Swensen, awards jury; Harriet Lightman, awards jury; Heidi Jensen, award recipient

SAGE Support Staff Travel Grants

Support staff members are often the unsung heroes in today’s libraries; they perform increasingly complex tasks and have considerable responsibility. Unfortunately, the realities of library budgets seldom provide the finances for them to attend conferences. These grants focus attention on this important segment of the library profession. This past September, ALA added a new membership category for library support staff through a special membership initiative developed by ALCTS and RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) together with LSSIRT (Library Support Staff Interests Round Table).

SAGE Publications is sponsoring the new “ALCTS Support Staff Grants.” The grants made it possible for three library support staff personnel to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The new Support Staff Grant will be awarded annually to deserving full-time support staff members with a minimum of three years experience in technical services, who have never before attended an ALA Annual Conference.

The winners selected to receive the initial awards, chosen from more than 100 applicants, are:

  • Linda Christine Ericson—Copy Cataloger, Consortium Library, University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • Heidi M. Jensen—Cataloging Clerk, Pioneer Library System, Canandaigua, N.Y.
  • Lydia C Williams—Archives and Records Manager, Greenwood Library, Longwood University, Farmville, Va.

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Presidential Citations

The citations were read by ALCTS President Carol Pitts Diedrichs, and presented to the recipients by Past President Brian Schottlaender and President-elect Rosann Bazirjian.
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Presidential citation: Rosann Bazjirian, ALCTS President-elect; Dina Giambi, award recipient; Brian Schottlaender, ALCTS Past President.
. . .to Dina Giambi
“In recognition of her outstanding leadership in the creation of new leadership development opportunities for ALCTS members as chair of the Leadership Development Committee. By revitalizing the work of the Leadership Development Committee, Dina injected new life and creativity into longstanding ALCTS’ activities such as the Orientation for New Leaders and started important ones such as the Volunteer Forum. Dina was instrumental in establishing a new series of programs specifically aimed to enhance the leadership skills of all ALCTS members and the library community in general.” M. Dina Giambi is Assistant Director for Library Technical Services at the University of Delaware Library.
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Presidential citation: Rosann Bazjirian, ALCTS President-elect; Miriam Palm, award recipient; Brian Schottlaender, ALCTS Past President.
. . . to Miriam Palm
“In recognition of her persistent editorship of the ALCTS Newsletter Online ( ANO) resulting in a publication that has become the public voice of ALCTS. Miriam’s clever and effective methods (not quite nagging) for ensuring compliance with deadlines let us know that we all have a part (voluntarily or not) in making ANO the best it can be. ANO has benefited greatly from her loving and devoted care making it the division's primary vehicle for news and information.” Miriam Palm is Librarian Emerita at Stanford University.
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Presidential citation: Rosann Bazjirian, ALCTS President-elect; Lori Robare, award recipient; Brian Schottlaender, ALCTS Past President.
. . . to Lori Robare
“In recognition of her leadership in the creation of important opportunities in continuing education for cataloging and in establishing collaborative educational ventures with the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). Lori and her partners melded a sequenced development approach (program, preconference, workshop) under the ALCTS name with the highly successful regional training model of the PCC. This approach provides the library community with highly accessible basic cataloging workshops delivered on a national scale by ALCTS and in the more intimate PCC individual library and local settings.” Lori Robare is Assistant Head, Metadata and Digital Library Services, at University of Oregon.
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Presidential citation: Rosann Bazjirian, ALCTS President-elect; Angela Hanshaw, Christine Velez, Stephanie Kuenn, Karen Sheets, and Kristin McKulski, award recipients; Brian Schottlaender, ALCTS Past President.

. . .to ALA Production Services staff members

Angela Hanshaw, Christine Velez, Stephanie Kuenn, Karen Sheets, and Kristin McKulski


“In recognition of Production Services’ outstanding contribution to ALCTS in a time of tremendous transition; for their individual and collective contributions to keeping ALCTS moving forward by assuming a significantly increased portion of the production and design of many publications, the redesign of the Newsletter, the maintenance of the ALCTS Web site, and much needed support for the ALCTS Office; for their dedication, professionalism, and willingness to take on additional projects over and above their normal workload.”
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Charles Wilt, award recipient, at far right, being applauded by the attendees.
. . .to Charles Wilt
“In recognition of his leadership, creativity, steady hand, and good cheer as Executive Director of ALCTS. Charles has created a highly productive office environment, has successfully encouraged the ALA to improve and innovate, and has strengthened the continuity and effectiveness of ALCTS by helping the Division devise a new Board structure and by thoughtfully stewarding each of the Presidents on ’his watch.’ This care, insight, and commitment have enabled the organization to thrive and move forward even during difficult times.” Charles Wilt is Executive Director, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.

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