Henriette Avram Honored

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Henriette D. Avram Honored

, Henriette D. Avram, retired associate librarian for collections services at the Library of Congress and an Honorary Life Member of the American Library Association, died on April 22, 2006, in Miami, Florida; and

Whereas, She worked at the Library of Congress for more than 25 years in information technology and technical services; and

Whereas, She began her library career in 1965 after working from 1952 to 1965 in computer programming and information processing for the Department of Defense and in the private sector; and

Whereas, She joined the Library of Congress in 1965 and within the year had issued A Proposed Format for a Standardized Machine-Readable Catalog Record and ensured that the first MARC Pilot Project was operational by the end of 1966; and

Whereas, The development of the MARC formats transformed library service throughout the world by enabling the exchange of cataloging and other data among institutions; and

Whereas, She led the continued development of the MARC formats, which have been an international standard for electronic data exchange since the 1970s; and

Whereas, From 1965 through 1992 she held many progressively responsible management positions at the Library of Congress, supervising more than 1,700 library employees when she retired as Associate Librarian for Collections Services in 1992; and

Whereas, She published approximately one hundred papers, books, and articles in the fields of bibliographic control, information technology in libraries, and standards; and

Whereas, She received the Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification in 1971, the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award (co-recipient) in 1979, the LITA/Gaylord Award for Achievement in Library and Information Technology in 1980, the Melvil Dewey Medal for creative professional achievement of high order in 1981, and the Joseph Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship in 1988; and

Whereas, She received many honors from other organizations within and outside the library world, including the Federal Women’s Award in 1974, an honorary doctorate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, in 1977, and election as an Honorary Fellow of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions in 1987; and

Whereas, She was active in the American Library Association and its divisions, the Resources and Technical Services Division (now the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, ALCTS) where she served as a director at-large, the Association for College and Research Libraries, and the Library and Information Technology Association, and served as chair of the International Relations Round Table; and

Whereas, She was a leader in other library and information organizations, including the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), the American National Standards Institute, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the American Society for Information Science (now the American Society for Information Science and Technology), and was a First Vice President of IFLA; and

Whereas, She was renowned for her energy, humor, warmth, and commitment to the profession of librarianship; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the American Library Association, on behalf of its members, recognizes the remarkable achievements of Henriette D. Avram and gratefully acknowledges her many contributions to the profession of librarianship; and be it further

Resolved, That this Association expresses its sincere sympathy to the family of Henriette D. Avram, including her daughter, Marcie Avram of New York, New York, and her sons, Lloyd Avram of Key West, Florida, and Jay Avram of Arlington, Virginia.