2007 Award Winners Announced

The following ALCTS members have received awards and will be honored at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) meeting in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to all the award winners!

Best of LRTS

Jim Stemper, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries, and Susan Barribeau, Electronic Resources Librarian for Collection Development, University of Wisconsin Libraries in Madison, have won the 2007 Best of LRTS Award for their article, "Perpetual Access to Electronic Journals: A Survey of One Academic Research Library’s Licenses," published in Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS), vol. 50, no 2 (April 2006): 91-109.

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 authors receive $250 and a citation in recognition of their work.

Leadership in Library Acquisitions

The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Nancy Gibbs, Head of Acquisitions, Duke University, to receive the 2007 Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award.

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.

Margaret Mann Citation

Robert Wolven, Director of Library Systems and Bibliographic Control, Columbia University, is the recipient of the 2007 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.

Sage Support Staff Travel Grants

Six library support staff have been awarded a 2007 ALCTS/SAGE Library Support Staff Travel Grant. These grants provide airfare, three nights’ hotel and conference registration for the individuals to attend the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. Those receiving the travel grant this year are:

  • Monica Claassen-Wilson, Program Assistant for Collection Development, Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas;
  • Julia Merkel, Preservation Specialist, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia;
  • Audrey Pryce, Children’s Literature Cataloger, Bank Street College of Education, New York, New York;
  • Nancy Slate, Assistant Librarian, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, Bloomfield, Colorado;
  • LaShawn Wilson, PART Moderator, Cataloging Department, Auburn University, Alabama;
  • Siu Min Yu, Library Associate II, Government Publications, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Esther J. Piercy Award

Robert L. Bothmann, electronic access/catalog librarian, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato, is the winner of the 2007 Esther J. Piercy Award. The Esther J. Piercy Award was established by ALCTS in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Piercy, the editor of Journal of Cataloging and Classification from 1950 to 1956 and of Library Resources & Technical Services from 1957 to 1967. It is given to recognize the contributions to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than 10 years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership. The recipient receives a $1,500 grant donated by YBP, Inc. and a citation in recognition of his/her accomplishments.

CSA/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

Julia Blixrud, the Association of Research Libraries, is the winner of the 2007 CSA/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. Blixrud’s contributions have influenced virtually every aspect of serials work from cataloging to publishing to access. This award for distinguished contributions to serials consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by CSA.

First Step Award

Paula Webb, Serials/Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, is the recipient of the 2007 First Step Award–A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Serials Section. 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.

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award

The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for 2007 is awarded to the late Ross Atkinson for his article, “Six Key Challenges for the Future of Collection Development,” published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), volume 50, number 4 (October 2007): 244-251.

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. Blackwell donates a $2,000 scholarship to the American or Canadian library school of the winning author's choice. Carole Atkinson, on behalf of her late husband, has designated the scholarship be given to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston.

Banks/Harris Preservation Award

Walter Henry is the winner of the 2007 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. 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.

Henry, the lead analyst in the Preservation Department at Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, is known internationally as the moderator of the Conservation DistList and the creator and administrator of Conservation OnLine (CoOL), indispensable tools for communication and dissemination of knowledge within the field. A visionary in the modernization of the communication patterns of our profession, Henry launched both the DistList and CoOL at the forefront of technological developments. When he started the Conservation DistList in 1987, only one other library listserv existed. Henry created CoOL using WAIS and then Gopher servers even before the Web became available in 1994.

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Schottlaender, University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego Libraries, is the recipient of the 2007 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award is sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and honors the recipient with $3,000 and a citation. The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award honors the memory of Ross Atkinson, a 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.

Schottlaender’s contributions to the profession and to ALCTS consist of a wide variety of leadership roles including president of ALCTS and the Association of Research Libraries. He led both organizations through a strategic planning process that positioned them for a stronger future. He has contributed to the advancement of cataloging through his role in the formation of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and, through his dedication and leadership; he has played a critical role in moving the cataloging code into the twenty-first century. His contributions have been recognized by the Margaret Mann Citation and the Best of Cataloging & Classification award.

ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation

Given to CLOCKSS, the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes a demonstrated benefit from actions, services, or products that improve and benefit providing and managing library collections. The citation may be presented to two or more individuals or groups who have participated jointly in an appropriate achievement. Accomplishments that expose problems may be as valuable as successes. The citation will be presented in a year when an achievement of merit has occurred.

CLOCKSS, or Controlled LOCKSS, is the inaugural recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation. The citation will be presented to Victoria Reich, director of the LOCKSS Program at Stanford University Libraries.

The mission of CLOCKSS, a non-profit partnership between publishers and libraries, is to develop "a distributed, validated, comprehensive archive that preserves and ensures continuing access to electronic scholarly content." CLOCKSS is based on the technology of the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) Program.


DIGIPRES: New PARS Discussion List

PARS' new discussion list, DIGIPRES, is dedicated to digital preservation and invites you to join. For purposes of clarity, a working definition of digital preservation is included in this invitation: “Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions that ensure access to information in digital formats over time.”

Announcements made on the listserv will cover topics such as: newly published papers and reports, grants received, certification efforts, conferences and training opportunities, grant opportunities, relevant job openings, and internships. Subscribe to the new list at and clicking on the Subscribe button in the left hand column.

ALCTS Communication Toolkit

ALA's collection of shiny new tools for connecting, communicating, sharing, learning, and producing is waiting for ALCTS members. It should come as no surprise to tech services librarians that over the past eighteen months ALA's ten-member IT department has implemented and rolled out at least six new or updated software packages all while managing the transfer of the entire ALA web site to a new system, along with their regular duties. Learn what these hardy, harried individuals are up to and track projects on the ITTS Update blog (

Some ALCTS members have jumped right in to try out these flexible, functional (and fun?) tools. Following is a rundown of these tech tools including who's using them, how they're being supported, and how to begin.

Online Communities

Online Communities ( are private online spaces, accessible via a web browser, where members of groups (i.e., committees, task forces) can post announcements, share and archive documents, maintain a group calendar, engage in discussion via threads or online chat, and link to any site on the web.

Any ALA member can log in to the main ALA community ( using a personal member number and password, just like logging in to the main ALA web site. Only ALA Member and Customer Service can help with questions about or changes to passwords. Contact them at 1-800-545-2433.

Does Your Committee Need a Community is a flyer (Word doc.) that explains how to request an online community and get training with the software.

For those already using the software, give feedback on your experience on a new wiki just for that purpose. Online Communities Enhancements ( is intended to collect user thoughts and suggestions for improvements to be used when working with the vendor during upgrades. Users can also track the progress of the upgrades.


Blogs are web sites that combine text, images, and links to other sites and media related to its topic. Blogs are known mainly as a home for personal journals, but ALCTS and other ALA groups are finding a variety of uses for the software. Find the blog of ALA blogs at

The first ALCTS blog, Digiblog, was used to generate discussion on ideas from the Midwinter Symposium "Definitely Digital: Exploring the Future of Knowledge." The Metadata Blog by the ALCTS Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group contains content from programs at Midwinter in Seattle.

Request a blog from the ALCTS office using the Request Form. (Note: Some information was taken from Wikipedia,


Wikis “are web sites that allow visitors themselves to easily add, remove and otherwise edit and change content, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring."

ALA's wikis wiki (, aka "readwriteconnect," shows the varied collaboration, discussion, and work that ALA members are doing via wikis. The conference wikis have proved popular, although a search of the Annual 07 wiki ( for "alcts" returns very few results as of this writing. CC:DA is experimenting with a private wiki for conducting their very complicated, detailed work.

Request a wiki from the ALCTS office using the Request Form. (Note: Some information was taken from Wikipedia,

This Just In . . . Sympa

Sympa is the robust discussion list management software that's just been implemented. All of ALA's lists have been transferred and users may notice a change in the subject line of messages, which will appear as all lower case. Find all of ALA's lists on the ALA Mailing Lists Service page (

To access a list, request a password from Sympa by simply clicking "Send me a password." Your password will come to you in an email message and once you have it, you can log in and begin.  

To subscribe to a list, go to the ALA Mailing Lists Service page (, login in, and click "View all lists,"  which will display all of the lists that are available for subscription. Click on the name of the list you wish to join, and then click the red "Subscribe" link on the left-hand side of the page.  That's it!  You'll receive confirmation of the subscription via email.  Once subscribed, "Unsubscribe" and "Subscriber Options" links will be available to you on that list's page for managing the subscription to that list, including digest mode.

And, Coming Soon: Improvements to the ALA Web Site

The web site is going through a rejuvenation. It has been evaluated by a usability consultant, is in the midst of an upgrade to a new content management system (Collage) and is enjoying more stability in a new server structure. Get background information on the process and decision making and track the progress of the project with the web planning retreat blog ( and the Web Planning Wiki(

The ALCTS web site is still scheduled for a redesign, pending the completion of the transfer to Collage. The product looks promising, as the interface can be customized to make knowledge of HTML and web design unnecessary. A wiki for basic information and best practices has been prepared: Learning Collage ( and should answer many questions for those planning on updating the ALA web site using the Collage Content Management System.