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ALCTS Newsletter Online v.19 no.2

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2008 Award Winners Announced

The ALCTS Awards Ceremony will recognize those who have been honored with ALCTS awards for 2008. The ceremony will be held Sunday June 29, 5 pm at the Sheraton Park Hotel in rooms A-C. The ceremony will be followed by a reception on the Tiffany Terrace and Patio. Congratulations to all the award winners!

Best of LRTS

William H. Walters, dean of library services and professor of social sciences at Menlo College, Atherton, California, has won the 2008 Best of LRTS Award for his article, “A Regression-based Approach to Library Fund Allocation,” published in Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS), 51, no. 4, October 2007, pages 263–278.

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 their work. | press release

Leadership in Library Acquisitions

The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Karen Darling, Head of Acquisitions at the University of Missouri, to receive the 2008 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. | press release.

Margaret Mann Citation

Martha Yee, cataloging supervisor, UCLA Film and Television Archive, is the recipient of the 2008 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.

Yee is recognized for her outstanding contributions to the practice of cataloging and her interest in cataloging education. Yee’s professional contributions have included active participation in ALA and ALCTS and numerous publications. She has served in many leadership roles: CCS (Executive Committee Chair), MARBI (again, as Chair) and as a member of a CCS Task Force to Develop Name and Title Authority Training. This last is a significant initiative of ALCTS/CCS and illustrates her dedication to teaching cataloging concepts through the continuing education efforts of the Association, as well as through traditional Library and Information Science curricula. | press release

Sage Support Staff Travel Grants

Six library support staff have been awarded a 2008 ALCTS/SAGE Library Support Staff Travel Grant. These grants provide airfare, three nights’ hotel and conference registration for the individuals to attend the 2008 ALA Annual Conference to be held in Anaheim, California. Those receiving the travel grant this year are:

  • Behzad Allahyar, Persian and Arabic Language Specialist in Serials and E-resources cataloging, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Gary Beer, Senior Library Specialist, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
  • Angela Hand, Library Academic Technician, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Michelle Schrade, Library Assistant, Glendale Public Library, Glendale, Arizona
  • Angela Slaughter, Fast Track Serials Cataloger, Indiana University, Indiana
  • Israel Yanez, Library Assistant, California State University, Sacramento, California

Reports documenting the grant recipients' conference experiences will be published in the August issue of ANO. | press release

Esther J. Piercy Award

Daisy P. Waters, Assistant Acquisitions Librarian for Electronic Resources, Lockwood Library, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., the winner of the 2008 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.

Waters embodies the qualities of leadership and participation that the award is intended to recognize, encourage and reward. In the six years since receiving her MLS degree, Waters has progressed quickly and impressively in her professional activities. Most notably, she has served in major leadership positions within the Serials (now Continuing Resources) Section of ALCTS and has participated widely in a number of other professional organizations at the local, state, regional and national level. She was also an ALA Spectrum Initiative Scholarship recipient in 1999, which led to an opportunity to serve as author and researcher for a significant national research study published by the ALA Office of Diversity: “Bridging Boundaries to Create a New Workforce: A Survey of Spectrum Scholarship Recipients, 1998–2003.” She also has a number of other scholarly publications to her credit. Daisy Waters embodies the very best qualities that today's library professional needs to be successful. | press release

Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

Vicky Reich, director and co-founder of the LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries, is the winner of the 2008 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. Reich's contributions have helped to create digital publishing, preservation and archiving solutions for scholarly content. This award for distinguished contributions to serials consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by Ulrich’s. | press release

First Step Award

Erin Leach, Catalog Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, is the recipient of the 2008 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.

Leach began her current position in 2006, cataloging print and electronic resources. She has demonstrated her commitment to serials work and continued professional development by attending two intensive Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program (SCCTP) workshops and obtaining other training, as well as participating in the NASIG mentorship program. She readily shares new information with colleagues and uses it to inform practices in her daily work. Leach expressed a desire to build relationships in the national field and to find her place in the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section.| press release

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award

The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for 2008 is awarded to Lucy Eleonore Lyons for her article, “The Dilemma for Academic Librarians with Collection Development Responsibilities: A Comparison of the Value of Attending Library Conferences versus Academic Conferences,” published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 33, no. 2, March 2007, pages 180–189.

Lyons explores the dilemma librarians with collection responsibilities often face when deciding whether to attend library conferences or relevant academic conferences. She offers an illustrative comparison of the limitations and advantages of the American Library Association's annual meeting and the annual conference of the American Political Science Association, utilizing a methodology that could easily be adapted for other disciplines. She concludes that neither type of event can be responsibly ignored and offers concrete strategies for resolving the dilemma.

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. Ms. Lyons has designated that the scholarship be given to her alma mater, the School of Information & Library Science, Pratt Institute, in New York. | press release

Banks/Harris Preservation Award

Janet Gertz is the winner of the 2008 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.

Gertz, an internationally recognized leader in library preservation, has served as director of preservation at Columbia University for two decades, where she has developed a highly respected preservation program that has advanced a research agenda as well as maintained and protected Columbia's priceless assets. | press release

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

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. Carol Pitts Diedrichs, dean of libraries and William T. Young Endowed Chair at the University of Kentucky Libraries, is the recipient of the 2008 ALCTS Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.

The ultimate practitioner/scholar, Diedrichs has written and spoken extensively on issues in acquisitions, serials, electronic resources, preservation, collection development, technical services organization and scholarly communication. She served for more than a decade as the editor-in-chief of Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services, one of the premier peer-reviewed journals in the field. With colleague Trisha Davis, she developed the first Web-based course, Fundamentals of Acquisitions, offered by ALCTS, for which she was honored with an ALCTS Presidential Citation. Through her publications, presentations, committee assignments and consultancies, she has significantly influenced best practice in the rapidly changing fields of collections and acquisitions. | press release

ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation Awarded to Chandler and Pesch

CTS Information Technology Librarian Adam Chandler, Cornell University, and Oliver Pesch, Chief Strategist, Information Technology, EBSCO Information Services, have been awarded the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation in recognition of their leadership of the SUSHI Working Group in the development of the NISO Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI). The results of their work have a universal impact on usage statistic measurement and provide a technical model for gathering usage statistics for electronic resources. SUSHI is a protocol that allows data for electronic resources to be transported from data providers to tools like e-resource management systems using an automated process. With the increase in electronic resource collections, it is extremely valuable to the collection development process to have this protocol and automated method for statistics gathering. Adam and Oliver's leadership of a collaborative effort in providing the library community with a very valuable tool is commended.

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. | press release

First LBI Cunha/Swartzburg Award Goes to Ryder

Becky Ryder is the winner of the inaugural LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award. The Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of ALCTS will present the award on Sunday, June 29, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2008 American Library Association meeting in Anaheim, Calif. The Cunha/Swartzburg Award is sponsored by LBI: The Library Binding Institute and includes a $1,250 grant and citation.

Established in 2007, the award honors the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation. The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals.

Ryder, head of the preservation department at the University of Kentucky Libraries, has made a wealth of contributions to the preservation field. She has an ongoing commitment to collaboration in advancing the preservation of library and archival materials and serves as an educator in both formal educational and professional development settings. | press release

Jewell Inaugural Recipient of Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management

The Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS) of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce Tim Jewell, Director, Information Resources, Collections, and Scholarly Communication at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, as the winner of the first annual Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management.

The award recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The recipient receives a $2,000 award generously donated by Coutts Information Services and a citation. The award will be presented on Sunday, June 29, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) meeting in Anaheim, California.

Jewell has a distinguished record of innovation in the field of electronic resources management and is a key figure in the development of initiatives and standards. His pioneering report, "Selection and Presentation of Commercially Available Electronic Resources: Issues and Practices," shed light on the ways that libraries were integrating electronic resources into print collections. | press release