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 2007 ALCTS awards were presented on June 24, 2007 at a special ceremony during ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
In addition, ALCTS President Bruce Johnson 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
- Blackwell's Scholarship Award
- Best of LRTS Award
- First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant
- Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award
- Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award
- Margaret Mann Citation
- Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award
- Esther J. Piercy Award
- Outstanding Collaboration Citation
- SAGE Support Staff Travel Grants
- Presidential Citations
- Special 50th Anniversary Presidential Citations
- Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award
Paul Banks & Carolyn Harris Award: Robert Strauss, Preservation Technologies; Walter Henry, award recipient; Nancy Kraft, Chair, Preservation and Reformatting Section; Yvonne Carignan, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Walter Henry, lead analyst in the Preservation Department at Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, 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 is known internationally as the moderator of the Conservation DistList and the creator and administrator of Conservation OnLine (CoOL) tools for communication and dissemination of knowledge within the field. When Henry started the Conservation DistList in 1987, only one other library listserv existed. He created CoOL using WAIS and then Gopher servers before the Web became available in 1994. Henry has added resources to CoOL, and is at the ready during a crisis, for example, posting a clearinghouse of updates after the Katrina and Rita disasters. His innovative use of technologies to provide the infrastructure for information exchange and dissemination has shaped the field of conservation to the great benefit of American libraries.
Walter Henry also has reached national, regional, and state constituencies through his leadership in the American Institute for Conservation, the Research Libraries Group Digital Library Federation Task Force on Long-term Retention of Digital Materials, the California Preservation Task Force and the California Preservation Clearinghouse, among other organizations.
During his long career at Stanford University Library, Henry’s work spans conservation treatment and preservation of non-print collections to creation of a wide range of computer programs designed to assist with managing preservation projects and conservation labs. Currently, his work supports the Stanford Digital Repository and the Technical Assessment Group inventorying the library’s digital materials.
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.
Blackwell’s Scholarship Award: Andrew Hutchings, Blackwell’s; Michele Cloonan, Dean, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science; Anne Kenney (accepting award on the behalf of the late Ross Atkinson); Lisa German, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
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 2006, pages 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. Atkinson’s perceptive and well-written article lays out six challenges facing collection development for consideration by attendees at the Janus Conference, held in October 2005. Based upon wisdom and foresight, he advances the idea that these six challenges cannot be solved by libraries working independently but rather must be solved by working cooperatively.
Blackwell donates a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. 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.
Best of LRTS Award: Peggy Johnson, LRTS Editor; Jim Stemper, award recipient; Susan Barribeau, award recipient; Michele Crump, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
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), volume 50, number 2, April 2006, pages 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.
Through a survey of one academic research library’s licenses, Stemper and Barribeau thoroughly examine the complicated issues involved in maintaining continued access to purchased electronic content. The authors explore current license agreement practices and highlight procedural concerns that will be influencing budgets and collections in academic libraries for the foreseeable future. This thoughtful analysis offers libraries practical recommendations to consider when making collection decisions about purchased electronic resources and perpetual access. The jury commends the authors for identifying and explaining the head-spinning particulars of dealing with electronic journals in a clear, understandable and logical fashion.
First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant: Emily McElroy, Chair, Serials Section; Paula Webb, award recipient; Clint Chamberlain, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Paula Webb, serials/interlibrary loan librarian at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, is the recipient of the 2007 First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Serials Section.
Webb began her current position in 2003 and has since demonstrated her commitment to serials work and continued professional development through her scholarship– including an article in College and Research Libraries News and a forthcoming article in College and Undergraduate Libraries– as well as participation in state and national professional groups and membership in associations. Webb expressed a desire to broaden her horizons through participation in the ALA at the national level, where she can network with other colleagues who work with serials.
Webb graduated from Judson College with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She earned her Master’s in library science from the University of Alabama in 2002.
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.
Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award: Matt Dunie, ProQuest CSA; Julia Blixrud, award recipient; Emily McElroy, Chair, Serials Section; Mary Page, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Julia Blixrud, Association of Research Libraries, is the winner of the 2007 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.
Early in her career, Blixrud was project manager for CONSER’s A&I Coverage Project, which enriched the emerging serials record database with essential abstracting and indexing information. At this time, serials were primarily in print format, and the CONSER A&I project created essential access points to the growing body of scholarly publications. In recent years, Blixrud has been a catalyst in scholarly publishing’s digital revolution, as a key developer and proponent of both SPARC and BioOne. From print to online, from punch cards to digitization, Julia Blixrud has been at the forefront of developments in serials work and scholarly communication.
With more than seventy publications and a record of presentations in virtually every state of the union and internationally, Blixrud’s contributions to the advancement of serials librarianship are unparalleled. She has labored tirelessly in her outreach efforts within the library and academic communities to broaden understanding of the complex economic and political issues in scholarly publishing. Only an exceptionally skilled individual could spearhead fundamental change in our system of scholarly publishing. On top of her outstanding credentials and deep knowledge of the issues, Blixrud enjoys an outstanding reputation among her peers.
Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award: Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President-elect; Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS Past-President; James Neal, award recipient; Carlen Ruschoff, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University, is the 2007 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Neal received a cash award and a citation during the ALCTS Awards Ceremony.
Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management, and has made notable improvements in library services or research.
“Jim Neal unquestionably exemplifies the legacy of Hugh Atkinson!” said Carlen Ruschoff, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award Committee Chair. “He is one of the most well-known and widely respected library leaders in the world today. He has become a recognized authority both nationally and internationally on copyright in relation to libraries and higher education. He has served as advisor to the U.S. Delegation at the WIPO Diplomatic conference. His leadership in shaping the national debate on intellectual property policy and his active role in government testimony has influenced the direction of public policy in this area.”
Neal has promoted models of publication that support open access to scholarly research and he has been a guiding force behind the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). As library administrator, he has developed creative approaches to scholarly publication, framed innovative partnerships between libraries and scholars, and promoted an expansive vision of the roles of libraries in the scholarly endeavor.
In 1978, Neal received his Certificate in Advanced Librarianship from Columbia University, where he also received his M.S. in Library Science in 1973 and his M.A. in History in 1971. He received his B.A. in Russian Studies from Rutgers University in 1968.
The Hugh C. Atkinson Award is jointly sponsored by four divisions of the American Library Association: ACRL, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The award is funded from an endowment established to honor Hugh C. Atkinson.
Margaret Mann Citation: James Neal, Columbia University; Michele Cloonan, Dean, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science; Karen Calhoun, OCLC; Robert Wolven, award recipient; David Miller, Chair, Cataloging and Classification Section; Matthew Beacom, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Robert Wolven, Director of Library Systems and Bibliographic Control, Columbia University, is the 2007 recipient of the 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.
Wolven is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the practice of cataloging and metadata as a thinker grounded in practice, a leader inspired with generosity, and a doer motivated by an encompassing vision of what can be achieved. At Columbia University Libraries, he has risen through the ranks from a meticulous serials cataloger to a deeply respected and visionary leader of its technical services and information technology divisions. Wolven’s professional contributions have been marked by his uncanny ability to see the best possible solutions to problems, his remarkable intuition for the future, and his deep regard for library users, for library staff, and for libraries as leading cultural institutions.
Wolven holds a master’s degree in library science from the Columbia University School of Library Service. He has designated the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston as the recipient of the scholarship.
Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award: Knut Dorn, Harrassowitz; Nancy Gibbs, award recipient; Trisha Davis, Chair, Acquisitions Section; Michele Crump, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Nancy Gibbs, Head of Acquisitions, Duke University, is the winner of 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.
Gibbs has a strong record of dedicated service to both the institutions in which she has worked and the associations with which she has been active. She is highly respected for her selfless work ethic and the leadership she has brought to the academic library profession. Many of us have known her as a mentor, adviser, counselor, and friend. Gibbs is effective without micromanaging, getting the groups to turn in new directions and involving all in decision-making.
Gibbs has held the position of head of the Acquisitions Department for the Duke University Libraries since 2001. She has presented numerous papers on electronic resources and publisher/vendor relationships at North Carolina Serials Conference, Charleston Conference, American Library Association (ALA) conferences and North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) meetings. In a recent notable paper, she examined package contracts from publishers for electronic journals and analyzed the consequences of not buying the "big deal." When she was acting head of acquisitions at North Carolina State University, Gibbs was one of the first acquisitions librarians to report on incorporating electronic books into the academic library environment. Gibbs was elected as the chair of the Acquisitions Section of ALCTS, 2003-2004. Her long record of service on a variety of ALCTS and Serials Section committees from education to statistics, communication to constitution & by-laws show her willingness to serve and the resounding approbation of those working with her shows how well she has served. In recognition of the programs she spearheaded as a leader of the Acquisitions Section of ALCTS, ALA appointed Gibbs to its 2007 Annual Conference Planning Committee.
Esther J. Piercy Award: George R. Rego, Jr., YBP; Robert Bothmann, award recipient; John Radencich, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Robert L. Bothmann, Electronic Access/Catalog Librarian, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato, is the winner of the 2007 Esther J. Piercy Award. Bothmann embodies the qualities of leadership and participation that the award was intended to recognize, encourage, and reward.
During his five-year career as a librarian, he has shown leadership in professional associations at the local, state, and national level. As webmaster, treasurer, and membership coordinator for the On-Line Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC), Bothmann has worked to impart a clearer understanding of media cataloging and its management to an international library audience.
He has contributed to the development, application and utilization of new or improved cataloging methods, techniques, and routines through his involvement with the Minnesota Opportunities for Technical Services Excellence program. He has been instrumental in devising its training procedures and has conducted many workshops for this regional program.
Bothmann has also made significant contributions to professional literature. He has published articles in numerous professional publications, including LRTS and Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. (He also serves as a column editor for the latter.) He has contributed a chapter for the book, Handbook of Research on Library Electronic Research Management. Currently he is working with others to produce a revised edition of Nancy Olson’s book, Cataloging of Audiovisual Materials and Other Special Materials.
In the few years Bothmann has been a professional librarian, his achievements have been significant in all venues of librarianship (service, teaching, research/publishing). Considering all his plans for further projects, it is clear he will continue to make meaningful contributions for years to come.
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 LRTS 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.
Outstanding Collaboration Citation: Lauren Corbett, award jury; Victoria Reich, award recipient; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
CLOCKSS, or Controlled LOCKSS, is the inaugural recipient of the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation. The citation was presented to Victoria Reich, Director of the LOCKSS Program, 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. CLOCKSS will act as an “insurance policy” to preserve long-term access to digital content, allowing libraries to continue their role as stewards of the scholarly record without limitations of changing business models or advances in technology. The shared development and governance by major research libraries and key society and commercial publishers is a remarkable collaborative achievement that creates a solution to the most significant challenge of the digital era.
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. Recognized forms of collaboration must be between library personnel and other individuals or groups such as: publishers, vendors, cultural organizations, government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and the like. Results of a collaborative effort must demonstrate advancement in collection management or technical services working environments.
SAGE Library Support Staff Travel Grants: (front row, l to r) Sage recipients Monica Claassen-Wilson; Julia Merkel; Audrey Pryce; Nancy Slate; LaShawn Wilson; Siu Min Yu
(back row, l to r): SAGE Representative; Sheenagh McCarthy, SAGE; Kate Bejune, award jury; Sarah Morris, award jury; Melinda Reagor, award jury; Manuel M. Urrizola, award jury; Rhonda Marker, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Six library support staff have been awarded a 2007 ALCTS/SAGE Library Support Staff Travel Grant. The grants provided 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
Now in its third year, travel grants were offered to support staff working in an area of technical services and collection, with at least three years of experience, who have never before attended an ALA annual conference. The 2007 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 demonstrated a genuine love of and deep commitment to libraries.
Presidential Citation: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS Past-President; Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President-elect; Edward Swanson, award recipient; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
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 Bruce Johnson, and presented to the recipients by Past President Rosann Bazirjian and President-Elect Pamela Bluh.
Five Presidential Citations were awarded in 2007 to:
- Edward Swanson, was recognized for his dedication and years of service to the library profession, the practice of cataloging, ALCTS, and to LRTS.
- Beth Picknally Camden was recognized for her leadership of the Task Force on Non-English Access.
- Jennifer Bowen was honored for her contributions as ALA Representative to the Joint Steering Committee for the Development of RDA (Resource for Description and Access).
- Julie Reese was recognized for her work with ALCTS’ continuing education programs and events.
- Christine Taylor was honored for her contributions to ALCTS publications, the ALCTS website, and her work on the ALCTS Newsletter Online.
Presidential Citation: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS Past-President; Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President-elect; Beth Picknally Camden, award recipient; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Presidential Citation: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS Past-President; Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President-elect; Jennifer Bowen, award recipient; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Presidential Citation: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS Past-President; Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President-elect; Christine Taylor, ALCTS, award recipient; Julie Reese, ALCTS, award recipient; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Special 50th Anniversary Presidential Citation: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS Past-President; Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President-elect; Beacher Wiggins, award recipient; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Beacher Wiggins (Library of Congress), Glenn Patton (OCLC), and Peggy Johnson (University of Minnesota) were recognized for their dedication and years of service to ALCTS and the library profession as well as their leadership.
Special 50th Anniversary Presidential Citation: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS Past-President; Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President-elect; Glenn Patton, award recipient; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Special 50th Anniversary Presidential Citation: Rosann Bazirjian, ALCTS Past-President; Pamela Bluh, ALCTS President-elect; Peggy Johnson, award recipient; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award: Allen Powell, EBSCO; Brian E.C. Schottlaender, award recipient; Bonnie MacEwan, award jury; Bruce Johnson, ALCTS President
Brian Schottlaender, University Librarian, 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.
As a writer and thinker, Schottlaender’s publications range from the management and administration of libraries, to library collections and cataloging theory. His professional interests are broad, far ranging and often provocative. His work on the future of the catalog, including his edited volume, “The Future of the Descriptive Cataloging Rules: Proceedings of the AACR 2000 Pre-conference,” is valued by the cataloging community. Cooperative collection development has been significantly shaped by his work, from “The Development of National Principles to Guide Librarians in Licensing Electronic Resources” in Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory to notably “You Say You Want an Evolution? The Emerging UC Libraries Shared Collection Concept” in Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services. Schottlaender’s work combines the practical with ideas that challenge conventional thinking in a way that is transformative.
50th Anniversary Committee: (front row, l to r) Cynthia Clark; Mary Beth Weber; Kay Walter; Olivia Madison, Chair, 50th Anniversary Committee; Nancy Gibbs; Miriam Palm; Cynthia Hepfer. (back row, l to r) Brian E.C. Schottlaender; Carlen Ruschoff; William Garrison; Jane Treadwell; Robert Nardini; Genevieve Owens