New Award to Honor Ross Atkinson

In conjunction with its 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2007, ALCTS is pleased to announce the establishment of the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award honors the legacy of Ross Atkinson, distinguished library leader, author and scholar whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community at-large serves as a model for those in the field.

The award winner will receive a citation honoring his/her contributions and a stipend of $3,000 generously donated by EBSCO. The award will be given to recognize the contribution of a library leader who has demonstrated exceptional service to ALCTS and its areas of interest (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection management and development, preservation and reformatting, and serials).

Criteria for selection of the winner will be determined by the person's accomplishments, as they relate to leadership including, but not limited to:

  • Recognized leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional, or national level, with an emphasis on ALCTS
  • Acknowledged leader in and by the library community-at-large
  • Significant contribution to professional literature
  • Exemplary research in ALCTS areas
  • Recognition of achievements, e.g., awards, citations, etc.

Written nominations must be received by Bonnie MacEwan, Chair, Award Jury, no later than December 1, 2006. Nominees must be ALCTS members. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominations must include:

  • name, address, phone number and email address of nominee and nominating party,
  • a formal statement of nomination,
  • a rationale for the nomination,
  • a resume, vita, or extensive narrative career outline upon which the award jury can base its determinations,
  • letters of endorsement, which should provide additional evidence of the worthiness of the nominee. No fewer than three and no more than six letters of endorsement are recommended.