ALCTS Awards Honor Outstanding Contributions

Each year ALCTS and its sections present nine awards to honor individuals who have made highly significant contributions in the areas of technical services, collection development, and preservation. The 2006 ALCTS awards were presented on June 25, 2006 at a special ceremony during ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

In addition, ALCTS President Rosann Bazirjian chose to recognize the exceptional achievement of four people who have made very special contributions to ALCTS, with Presidential Citations.

Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

Gary L. Frost, conservator at the University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, and instructor at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science and at the Iowa Center for the Book, is the recipient of the 2006 Paul Banks & Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. The award is sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P. and includes $1,500 and a citation.

Frost's ongoing and detailed research into historical and modern book structures has resulted in cut-away models that reflect bookbinding from many different eras as well as geographical locations. He developed an Ethiopian binding kit to provide preservation and book arts instructors with an affordable way to allow students to sew a book model representing an early binding technique. From his research into modern inexpensive paperbacks he developed the "sewn boards binding," a modern adaptation of an ancient design that now is used in conservation labs across the country. While at BookLab, he changed the way libraries looked at vendor services and developed efficient, cost-effective treatments for circulating collections. He also created a functional and economical cloth for rebacking nineteenth century publishers' bindings.

Frost's professional career began after he completed a master's of fine arts at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1969. That year he joined the staff of the Newberry Library under the supervision of Paul Banks and Norvell Jones. When he left the Newberry in 1981, he was managing the conservation program. Beginning his formal teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1972, Frost has served as a role model for a generation of conservators and preservation librarians. He joined the faculty of the School of Library Service at Columbia University in the Preservation/Conservation training program founded by Paul Banks in 1981. In 1983, he helped begin the Book and Paper Intensive (PBI) and still serves PBI as an advisor and teacher. The Preservation/Conservation training program moved to the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and Frost joined the faculty from 1992 to 1999.

As a writer and thinker, Frost's numerous publications range from the theoretical to the practical. His classic publications include "A Brief History of Western Bookbinding without One Mention of Decoration," "Historical Paper Case Binding and Conservation Rebinding," "Structure and Action in Hand Bookbinding," and "Digital Preservation in the Context of Changing Reading Behaviors and Reading Methods." He also writes on a range of related topics on his Weblog,, which began in 2000.

The Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award honors the memories of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation, teachers, and mentors for many in the field of preservation.

paul banks & carolyn harris award: robert strauss, preservation technologies; gary frost, award recipient; yvonne carignan, award jury; rosann bazirjian, alcts president; joan gatewood, chair, preservation and reformatting section.

Paul Banks & Carolyn Harris Award: Robert Strauss, Preservation Technologies; Gary Frost, award recipient; Yvonne Carignan, award jury; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President; Joan Gatewood, Chair, Preservation and Reformatting Section.

best of lrts award: lori osmus, award jury; jennifer bowen, award recipient; peggy johnson, lrts editor; rosann bazirjian, alcts president.

Best of LRTS Award: Lori Osmus, award jury; Jennifer Bowen, award recipient; Peggy Johnson, LRTS Editor; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President.

Best of LRTS Award

Jennifer Bowen, Head of Cataloging, University of Rochester Libraries Head of Technical Services, Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music, has won the 2006 Best of LRTS Award for her article, "FRBR: Coming Soon to Your Library." Bowens's article was published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), volume 49, number 3, July 2005, pages 175-188.

According to the awards committee, the topic of Bowen's article, the functional requirements for bibliographic records (FRBR), is timely and significant to the library community. FRBR is a difficult model to describe and understand in practical application, but Bowen demonstrated through instructive examples how FRBR could shape daily cataloging work and displays in online systems. She provides original insights supported by clear examples and sound logical arguments, in a readable style that makes it accessible to a broad audience. This is a user-friendly article, not weighed down by technical jargon, which will help both catalogers and non-catalogers in all types and sizes of libraries to understand and be better prepared for the "coming" of FRBR.

Jennifer Bowen holds a bachelor's of arts in music history from Central Michigan University, a master's of library science, and a master's of arts in historical musicology, both from the University of Michigan. Currently, she serves as the ALA representative to the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of Anglo American Cataloguing Rules (AACR), which is developing a new content standard for resource description to replace AACR2, entitled RDA: Resource Description and Access.

The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in LRTS, the official journal of ALCTS. The author receives $250 and a citation in recognition of his work.

Blackwell's Scholarship Award

John Willinsky has won the Blackwell's Scholarship Award for his monograph The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship, published in 2006 by the MIT Press in Cambridge, Mass. 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 resource development in libraries.

Willinsky's The Access Principle makes a clear and compelling case for open access as a public good. Willinsky argues that the production of scholarly work comes with the responsibility of circulating scholarship, and this responsibility includes investigating new models of publishing. The Access Principle shines new light on the age-old questions of access to knowledge and the responsibilities of scholars as citizens of a larger world.

Willinsky is Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology at the University of British Columbia and director of the Public Knowledge Project, a research initiative that works with scholarly societies and professional organizations to develop online systems to improve the scholarly and public quality of academic research. Willinsky has published widely in the areas of literacy, educational technology, and socio-cultural aspects of language and literature. He is the author of Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED published in 1994 by Princeton University Press.

Blackwell's donates a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the winning author's choice. Willinsky has designated the scholarship be given to a student in the First Nations concentration at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

blackwell's scholarship award: rosann bazirjian, alcts president; deborah thomas, award jury; ann curry (for john willinsky, the award recipient); susan peterson, blackwell's.

Blackwell's Scholarship Award: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President; Deborah Thomas, award jury; Ann Curry (for John Willinsky, the award recipient); Susan Peterson, Blackwell's.

csa/ulrich's serials librarianship award: rosann bazirjian, alcts president; marilyn geller, award jury; john tagler, elsevier (for karen hunter, award recipient); jill emery, chair, serials section; boe horton, csa.

CSA/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President; Marilyn Geller, award jury; John Tagler, Elsevier (for Karen Hunter, award recipient); Jill Emery, Chair, Serials Section; Boe Horton, CSA.

CSA/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award

Karen Hunter, senior vice president, Elsevier, is the winner of the 2006 CSA/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award (formerly Bowker/Ulrich's) for her leadership in the collaborative development of the electronic delivery of scholarly information. This award for distinguished contributions to serials consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by CSA.

Hunter's colleagues in libraries and in publishing organizations describe her as a "thought-leader" and "innovator" with concerns that go "beyond any interests she may have as an employee of a single publishing company." According to the awards committee, she is a dedicated explorer of the yields of electronic delivery and has spearheaded many important research initiatives that influenced the thinking of an entire professional community.

Two key collaborative projects were TULIP (The University Licensing Program, 1991 to 1995), which involved nine major research universities in the United States and other partners and its successor PEAK (Pricing Electronic Access to Knowledge), a collaboration with the University of Michigan and other partners. She actively champions a range of projects addressing the challenge of archiving digital information and orchestrated Elsevier's project planning effort in its collaborative work with Yale University Library on the 2001 Andrew W. Mellon Grant, "Archiving Electronic Journals." These projects were characterized by the open sharing of research findings.

Hunter was an early supporter of the Coalition for Networked Information and CrossRef. Her ability to represent the views of the library world to the publishing world and the views of publishers to librarians during her thirty-year career continues to have a profound and positive influence within the library field.

Hunter joined Elsevier in 1976. Her undergraduate degree is from the College of Wooster and she earned graduate degrees in history, library science, and business administration from Cornell, Syracuse and Columbia Universities, respectively.

First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant

Patrick L. Carr, assistant professor/serials librarian at Mississippi State University, is the recipient of the 2006 First Step Award-A Wiley Professional Development Grant.

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.

Carr began in his current position in December 2004 and has since developed a growing interest in the myriad challenges that libraries face as they reorient themselves from maintaining collections of print serials to providing online access to e-resources. He has pursued this interest through scholarship-including articles in Collection Management and Serials Librarian and a book he currently is co-editing for Haworth Information Press-and through a commitment to actively participate in local, state, and national organizations and committees.

After graduating from Saint Bonaventure University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree, Carr earned a master's degree in English from the University of Rochester and a master's degree in library science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

first step/wiley professional grant: clint chamberlain, award jury; patrick carr, award recipient; jill emery, chair, serials section; charles regan, john wiley & sons; rosann bazirjian, alcts president.

First Step/Wiley Professional Grant: Clint Chamberlain, award jury; Patrick Carr, award recipient; Jill Emery, Chair, Serials Section; Charles Regan, John Wiley & Sons; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President.

leadership in library acquisitions award: julia gammon, award jury (for david goldsmith, chair, award jury); stephen bosch, award recipient; karl debus-lopez, chair, acquisitions section; knut dorn, harrassowitz; rosann bazirjian, alcts president.

Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award: Julia Gammon, award jury (for David Goldsmith, Chair, award jury); Stephen Bosch, award recipient; Karl Debus-Lopez, Chair, Acquisitions Section; Knut Dorn, Harrassowitz; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President.

Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award

Stephen Bosch, Materials Budget, Procurement, and Licensing Librarian at the University of Arizona, has received the 2006 Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. Sponsored annually by Harrassowitz, the Leadership in Library Acquisitions award is given to a librarian to recognize contributions and outstanding leadership in the field of acquisitions and includes a $1,500 gift.

Bosch has written and presented extensively in the areas of serial and book pricing, use measurement, licensing, and management of electronic resources. The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) recognizes him for his leadership in cooperative acquisitions, and licensing endeavors on behalf of the consortia. Most of all, he is known as an educator who is willing to share his knowledge with his colleagues in the GWLA and across the country.

Bosch has a bachelor's of arts from Marietta College, a master's of arts and doctorate in Chinese history from the University of Arizona, and a master's in library science from the University of Arizona.

Margaret Mann Citation

Judith Hopkins, retired technical services research and analysis officer for central technical services at SUNY- Buffalo, is the recipient of the 2006 Margaret Mann Citation presented by the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) of ALCTS.

The Mann Citation, recognizing outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient's honor by OCLC Inc. to the library school of the winner's choice.

Hopkins is recognized for her contributions to the practice of cataloging, in particular, her early involvement with the fledgling OCLC as its first bibliographic editor. It was her task to explain to computer programmers exactly what displays and indexing was needed to move bibliographic information into the computer age. Hopkins helped lay the bibliographic foundations of OCLC. Her concern for communicating the details of descriptions set a standard of excellence that still permeates OCLC today. It was the force of her intellect and knowledge that helped shape the tools that have been of lasting value to OCLC users.

While at OCLC, Hopkins began her extensive career as an educator of catalogers. She first worked with Ohio librarians to educate them on OCLC using the Marc formats. She expanded her reach by teaching in formal classroom settings and giving lectures and workshops on cataloging, helping to shape the generation of catalogers that took bibliographic description from the card file to the OPAC and out to the Internet.

Hopkins has demonstrated a prolific and committed involvement in professional association work at regional and national level, including the American Library Association (ALA), the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) and ALCTS. She is well known for her role as secretary providing the minutes and documentation of meetings for "Big Heads." These minutes enabled catalogers across the country to understand the trends and problems that the largest technical services departments face.

Hopkins is universally praised for her role with Autocat, the library cataloging and authorities discussion group. Her pioneering work as moderator for Autocat has set the standard for a moderator of a professional discussion list. Her wide-ranging experience and knowledge, her dedication to both the technique and the heart of cataloging has made it possible for catalogers around the world to share the experience of developing their cataloging expertise.

According to the awards committee, Judith Hopkins' professional life is dedicated to communication, to teaching, and to service. It is to these ends that her knowledge and expertise have been focused. The range and depth of her contributions to promote and advance the art of cataloging and classification serve as a model for young professionals entering librarianship.

Hopkins holds a master's degree in library science from Graduate School of Library Science, Uiversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has designated the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Buffalo as the recipient of the scholarship.

margaret mann citation: rosann bazirjian, alcts president; judith robinson, department of library and information studies, school of informatics, university of buffalo (accepting judith hopkins' scholarship donation to her institution); judith hopkins, award recipient; matthew beacom, award jury; cynthia whitacre, chair, cataloging and classification section; glenn patton, oclc.

Margaret Mann Citation: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President; Judith Robinson, Department of Library and Information Studies, School of Informatics, University of Buffalo (accepting Judith Hopkins' scholarship donation to her institution); Judith Hopkins, award recipient; Matthew Beacom, award jury; Cynthia Whitacre, Chair, Cataloging and Classification Section; Glenn Patton, OCLC.

esther j. piercy award: rosann bazirjian, alcts president; larry heiman, award jury; jill emery, award recipient; bob nardini, ybp.

Esther J. Piercy Award: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President; Larry Heiman, award jury; Jill Emery, award recipient; Bob Nardini, YBP.

Esther J. Piercy Award

Jill Emery, director of the Electronic Resources Program at the University of Houston Libraries, is the 2006 recipient of the Esther J. Piercy Award for her success in the world of serials librarianship, especially her knowledge of electronic resources licensing and pricing models.

The Esther J. Piercy Award, established by ALCTS in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Piercy, the editor of the Journal of Cataloging and Classification from 1950 to 1956 and of Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) from 1957 to 1967, is given to recognize 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. The recipient receives a $1500 grant donated by YBP, Inc. and a citation in recognition of his/her accomplishments.

Emery shaped how libraries use and acquire electronic resources and influenced the development of new and improved products and services by sharing her expertise with colleagues, publishers, and vendors, according to the awards committee.

Very active professionally, Emery was elected chair-elect of the Serials Round Table of the Texas Library Association in her second year out of library school. Currently, she serves on three publisher advisory boards as well as two elected national offices-chair of the ALCTS Serials Section and a board member-at-large of NASIG. Library Journal acknowledged her achievements in naming her one of fifty Movers and Shakers for 2004.

Emery has a bachelor of arts in literature from Texas A&M University at College Station and a master's of library and information science from the University of Texas at Austin.

SAGE Support Staff Travel Grants

Six library support staff have been awarded a 2006 ALCTS/SAGE Support Staff Travel Grant. These grants provide airfare, three night's hotel, and conference registration for the individuals to attend the 2006 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The 2006 travel grant winners are:

  • Donna Hanna, library clerk III, cataloging department, State University of New York at Geneseo
  • Darlene Hert, acquisitions/cataloging technician, Montana State University, Billings
  • Lucretia "Trish" Pelletier, senior library assistant/head of technical services, Apache Junction Public Library, Apache Junction, Ariz.
  • Susan Prefontaine, instructional support associate, Electronic Periodicals Management Department, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Scott David Reinke, conservation technician, Preservation Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Mary Tilley, authority control specialist, technical services department, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

For a second year, grants were offered to support staff, with at least three years of experience in an area of technical services and collections, who have never before attended an ALA annual conference. The 2006 award recipients demonstrated outstanding commitment to the profession, active participation in local and paraprofessional associations as well as the professional life of their respective institutions, and evidence of a clear desire to serve their library communities. Above all, each of these candidates demonstrates a genuine love of and deep commitment to libraries. Among them, they have years of experience and a dedication to their work and their communities.

sage support staff travel grants: front row, left to right: donna hanna, award recipient; scott david reinke, award recipient; darlene hert, award recipient; susan prefontaine, award recipient; lucretia "trish" pelletier, award recipient; mary tilley, award recipient.

Support Staff Travel Grants: Front row, left to right: Donna Hanna, award recipient; Scott David Reinke, award recipient; Darlene Hert, award recipient; Susan Prefontaine, award recipient; Lucretia "Trish" Pelletier, award recipient; Mary Tilley, award recipient. Back row, left to right: Tom Taylor, Sage; Sheenagh McCarthy, Sage; Dale Swenson, award jury; Rhonda Marker, award jury; Manuel Urrizola, award jury; Harriet Lightman, Chair, award jury; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President.

Presidential Citations

Since 2002, the ALCTS President has had a unique opportunity to recognize ALCTS members who have distinguished themselves through their service and dedication to ALCTS. This very special award, the Presidential Citation, honors ALCTS' members who make significant contributions to the association and to the profession but whose accomplishments do not fall within the criteria for the awards we have just presented. The Presidential Citation is intended to recognize distinguished achievement by a member or members.

The citations were read by ALCTS President Rosann Bazirjian, and presented to the recipients by Past President Carol Pitts Diedrichs and President-Elect Bruce Chr. Johnson.

Four Presidential Citations were awarded in 2006 to:

presidential citation: carol pitts diedrichs, alcts-past president; karen calhoun, award recipient; bruce chr. johnson, alcts president-elect; rosann bazirjian, alcts president.

Presidential Citation: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS-Past President; Karen Calhoun, award recipient; Bruce Chr. Johnson, ALCTS President-Elect; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President.

Karen Calhoun, LC Action Plan leadership

"In 2001, at the behest of the ALCTS Board of Directors, Karen Calhoun took on the task of transforming strategic issues in the Bibliographic Control of Web Resources: A Library of Congress Action Plan into cohesive and highly praised actions: a not insignificant undertaking. As Chair of the ALCTS LC Action Plan Task Force, Karen showed extraordinary leadership and organizational acumen; bringing substance to concept, content to ideas, reality to vision. Karen's superlative work has earned her the gratitude and praise of colleagues, the library community at-large, and the Library of Congress."

marty kurth

Presidential Citation: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS-Past President; Marty Kurth, award recipient; Bruce Chr. Johnson, ALCTS President-Elect; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President.

Marty Kurth, continuing education

"In recognition of his leadership in the creation of important Opportunities in continuing education for cataloging and in establishing collaborative educational ventures. Marty's work as chair of the Continuing Education Implementation Group of the LC Action Plan Task Force will benefit the library community for years to come. He and his colleagues have created extremely timely and worthwhile educational opportunities that appeal to a broad array of individuals and add to a growing curriculum of needed continuing education programs."

helen reed

Presidential Citation: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS-Past President; Helen Reed, award recipient; Bruce Chr. Johnson, ALCTS President-Elect; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President.

Helen Reed, ALCTS strategic planning

"In recognition of Helen's superb work and leadership over the past two years as Chair of the ALCTS Planning Committee. Helen showed great commitment to the revision of the ALCTS Strategic Plan and worked enthusiastically with the ALCTS Board and membership to craft a strategic plan that reflects the goals of the Division and the needs of its members. Helen's re-crafting of the Plan will serve ALCTS for years to come."

jeanne drewes

Presidential Citation: Carol Pitts Diedrichs, ALCTS-Past President; Jeanne Drewes, award recipient; Bruce Chr. Johnson, ALCTS President-Elect; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS President.

Jeanne Drewes, publications

"In recognition of Jeanne's exceptional leadership in the revitalization of the PARS publications program as the Chair of the PARS Program, Planning, and Publications Committee. Her dedication and drive to make important new and revised and updated preservation publications available to the library community has contributed greatly to the body of preservation literature and enhanced the ALCTS publishing program. Jeanne's influence and work is proof that one person can still make a difference."