News From ALCTS

Awards Nominees Sought

Nominees are sought for the following awards. The deadline for all awards is December 1, 2008.

Publishing Awards

The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS), the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Papers are judged on the significance of the content and strength and accuracy of data and documentation as well as style. For more information, contact Ellen Derey Safley (, award jury chair and see the web site.

The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award honors the author(s) of the year's outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of acquisitions, collection development, and related areas of resources development in libraries. Nominations are evaluated on: intellectual content (original, thought-provoking); practical value; theoretical value; scholarship; presentation; style. For more information, contact Narda Tafuri (, the award chair and see the web site.

Innovation Awards

The 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. For more information, contact Karen H. Wilhoit (, the jury chair and see the web site.

The Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management 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. For more information, contact Andrea Imre ( the award chair and see the web site.

Personal Achievement

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contribution of a library leader through demonstrated exceptional service to ALCTS and its areas of interest (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection management and development, preservation and reformatting, and serials).

For more information, contact Ann G. Swartzell (, the jury chair and see the web site.

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. This award honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson, one of the major innovators in modern librarianship, and recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) by academic librarians that have contributed significantly to improvements in the areas of library automation, library management, and/or library development and research.

For more information, contact Cheryl A. Kern-Simirenko (, the ALCTS representative to this jury and see the web site.

Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. This award was established to honor the memory of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation. The award, a $1,500 grant donated by Preservation Technologies, L.P., and a citation, will be given to recognize 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. For more information, contact Nancy E. Kraft (, the award chair and see the web site.

LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award. The award, sponsored by the Library Binding Institute, acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals. For more information, contact Cathy Martyniak (, the award chair and see the web site.

Esther J. Piercy Award. The award consists of a citation and a $1,500 grant donated by YBP, Inc. and is presented at the ALA Annual Conference. It recognizes the contribution to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with not more than ten years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership. For more information, contact Keith Powell ( the award chair and see the web site.

Margaret Mann Citation. The Margaret Mann Citation is awarded for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification either through publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional cataloging associations, or valuable contributions to practice in individual libraries. For more information, contact Margaret Dyer Brown ( the award chair and see the web site.

Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. This award of $1,500, donated by Harrassowitz Company, is given to recognize the contributions by and outstanding leadership of an individual to the field of acquisitions librarianship. This recognition is made for individual achievement of a high order in this area. For more information, contact Nancy Gibbs ( the award chair and see the web site.

Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. The award is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship like leadership in serials-related activities through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs, contributions to the body of serials literature, conduct of research in the area of serials, development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials, other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials. For more information, contact Adolfo R. Tarango ( the award chair and see the web site.

Achievement for Newer Professionals

The First Step Award, a Wiley Professional Development Grant provide librarians new to the serials field with the opportunity to attend ALA Conference and participate in Serials Section activities. The $1,500 award, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., cash award is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees, etc. Eligible applicants may apply more than once. For more information, contact Brenda L. Battleson ( the award chair, and see the web site.

ONIX for Serials: An ALCTS Webinar

Pamela Bluh, Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law

As a sequel to the successful webinar sponsored jointly with NISO in June featuring Trisha Davis and Julia Gammon on “Demystifying Library Standards” ALCTS, on September 25, 2008 launched an ambitious program to deliver content to the technical services community using the webinar format with the presentation of “ONIX for Serials.” ONIX stands for “Online Information Exchange.” ONIX for Serials is a family of XML formats used to communicate information about serial products and subscription information. ONIX for Serials is a joint project of EDItEUR, the international organization responsible for coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book and serials industries, with headquarters in the UK, and NISO, the US National Information Organization.

The webinar was presented by Nathan Robertson, Director of Information Policy and Management at the University of Maryland School of Law and Katharina Klemperer, the proprietor of Library and Information Systems Consulting, representing EDItEUR. Nathan and Kathy were both heavily involved in the development of the ONIX for Serials standard.

The webinar featured information on the background and development of the standard, described the various components of the ONIX for Serials suite, explained the benefits of using ONIX for Serials, and outlined the challenges libraries, publishers and vendors face in introducing ONIX into the workplace.

Additional webinars are in development and we welcome comments and suggestions for topics that interest you and lend themselves well to presentation in the webinar format. Information about the next ALCTS webinar will be announced soon.

New Emerging Leader Selected

Melissa DeFino, Special Collections Catalog Liaison and Acting Head, Gifts and Unit Receipts, Technical and Automated Services, Rutgers University Libraries, has been selected to participate in the 2009 Class of Emerging Leaders and will be sponsored by ALCTS. Ms. DeFino received her Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, and a Master’s degree is Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. Ms. DeFino is currently chair of the Catalog Management Interest Group.

Weber and Chapman Serve on OCLC Working Group

ANO Editor Mary Beth Weber and ALCTS member John Chapman are serving on RLG Programs’ Implications of MARC Tag Usage on Library Metadata Practices Working Group, which was set up to help gather information for the RLG Programs “Gather Evidence to Inform Changes Needed in Metadata Practices” project. The group will draw inferences from WorldCat MARC tag statistics that would affect library metadata practices. More information and a full working group roster.

Medeiros Publishes Article: Screw Cap or Cork?

Norm Medeiros recently published the article “Screw Cap or Cork? Keeping Tags Fresh (and Related Matters)” in OCLC Systems & Services, volume 24, number 2. The article comments on the reactions caused by “On the Record,” the final report of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, addresses the issue of maintaining user-supplied tags in the absence of authoritative oversight, and the chaos resulting from enriched catalogs, WorldCat Local, and federated tools. The article is available via E-Prints in Library and Information Science.

Help the Membership Committee “Get the Word Out” about ALCTS

An announcement about ALCTS will be sent soon to a variety of relevant discussion lists. Read the piece in this issue of ANO. The ALCTS Membership Committee hopes that all of you who are already ALCTS members and who value the organization will:

  1. read the announcement, and
  2. make yourselves available locally, regionally or even nationally or internationally, to speak to potential members such as library staff members, librarians or vendors with whom you work who are not already ALCTS members, and library and information science students.

ALCTS has much to contribute to libraries and the information society. On behalf of the ALCTS organization, the Membership Committee wishes to encourage current members to continue to join and to participate as well as to promote membership to others who would benefit from our services and activities. Go to the announcement.