Annual Conference Reports

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 2008 ALCTS awards were presented on June 29, 2008 at a special ceremony during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. In addition, ALCTS President Pamela Bluh chose to recognize the exceptional achievement of four people who have made very special contributions to ALCTS, with Presidential Citations, as well as members of a special task force that analyzed the recommendations of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control and reported on those that could be coordinated by ALCTS.

martha yee, recipient of margaret mann citation
Margaret Mann Citation. left to right: Harry Bruce, Dean, University of Washington I-School; Martha Yee, UCLA Film and Television Archive (award recipient); Mary Charles Lasater (CCS Chair); Glenn Patton (OCLC); Ann Vidor (Award Jury); Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President)

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.

janet gertz, recipient of the banks harris preservation award
Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. left to right: Robert Strauss (Preservation Technologies); Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Janet Gertz, Columbia University (award recipient); Andrew Hart (PARS Chair); Becky Ryder (Award Jury)

Paul Banks and Carolyn 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.

blackwell's scholarship accepted for lucy eleonore lyons, northwestern university
Blackwell's Scholarship Award. left to right: Andrew Hutchings (Blackwell’s); John Berry (for Tula Giannini, Dean, Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science); Kathleen R. Brown (Award Jury) accepting the award for Lucy Eleonore Lyons, Northwestern University (in absentia); Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President)

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, volume 33, issue 2, March 2007, pages 180-189.

Blackwell’s donates a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. 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 and Library Science, Pratt Institute, in New York.

best of lrts award recipient william h. walters
Best of LRTS Award. left to right: Peggy Johnson ( LRTS editor); Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); William H. Walters, Menlo College (award recipient); Randy Roeder (Award Jury)

Best of LRTS Award

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), volume 51, number 4, October 2007, pages 263-278.

erin leach first step award recipient
First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant. left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Daisy Waters (CRS Chair); Erin Leach, Washington University, St. Louis (award recipient); Charles Regan (Wiley); Lori Kappmeyer (Award Jury)

First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant

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.

vicki reich, ulrich's serials librarianship award recipient
Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award. left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Jane Burke (Serials Solutions); Daisy Waters (CRS Chair); Victoria Reich, LOCKSS (award recipient); Dana Marie Walker (Award Jury)

Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

Vicky Reich, director and co-founder of the LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Libraries, is the winner of the 2008 CSA/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 CSA.

karen darling, leadership in library acquisitions award recipient
Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Linda Clendenning (AS Chair); Karen Darling, University of Missouri (award recipient); Knut Dorn (Harrassowitz); Lisa German (Award Jury)

Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award

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.

daisy waters, esther piercy award recipient
Esther J. Piercy Award. left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Mark Kendall (YBP); Daisy Waters, University of New York at Buffalo (award recipient); Eleanor Cook (Award Jury)

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.

adam chandler and oliver pesch, outstanding collaboration citation recipients
Outstanding Collaboration Citation. left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Adam Chandler, Cornell University (award recipient); Oliver Pesch, EBSCO Information Services (award recipient); Bruce Johnson (ALCTS Past-President); Gracemary Smulewitz (Award Jury)

Outstanding Collaboration Citation

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, or “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.

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.

sage support staff travel grant recipients
SAGE Support Staff Travel Grants. left to right: Donna Cranmer (Award Jury); Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); ?; Behzad Allahyar (award recipient); Gary Beer (award recipient); Angela Slaughter (award recipient); Angela Hand (award recipient); Michelle Schrade (award recipient); Israel Yanez (award recipient); ?; ?; LaShawn Wilson (Award Jury)

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 American Library Association (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.

becky ryder, lbi cunha swartzburg award recipient
LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award. left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Debra Nolan (LBI); Becky Ryder, University of Kentucky (award recipient); Andrew Hart (PARS Chair); Jennifer Teper.

LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award

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. 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.

coutts award recipient tim jewell
Coutts Awards for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Betty Landesman (CMDS Chair); Timothy Jewell, University of Washington (award recipient); Andy ? (Coutts); Brian Quinn (Award Jury)

Coutts Awards 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. 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.

ross atkinson lifetime achievement award recipient 2008 carol pitts diedrichs
Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); ; Carol Pitts Diedrichs (recipient); Mary Case (ALCTS President-Elect)

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

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 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 the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the library community-at-large serves as a model for those in the field.

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. Her contributions include an outstanding record of professional involvement in local, regional and national organizations.

special certificate recipients
Special Certificates. left to right: John Chapman, University of Minnesota (award recipient); ?; David Miller, Curry College, Milton, MA (award recipient); ?; Kate Harcourt, Columbia University (award recipient); Diane Dates Casey, Governors State University (award recipient); Bruce Chr. Johnson, Library of Congress (award recipient); Mary Charles Lasater (CCS Chair); Mary Case (ALCTS President-Elect); Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President)

Special Certificates

Special certificates were awarded to members of the task group to analyze the recommendations of the LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control and report on those that have the potential to be coordinated by ALCTS. The members of the group include David Miller (Curry College, Milton, MA), chair; Diane Dates Casey (Governors State University, University Park, IL); John Chapman (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN); Kate Harcourt (Columbia University, New York, NY); Meg Mering (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE); and Sally Smith (King County Library System, Issaquah, WA). They represent a spectrum of the ALCTS membership and have the expertise, depth of knowledge, and appreciation of the complex issues discussed in the report.

cathy martyniak, presidential citation recipient
Presidential Citation Recipients:
left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Cathy Martyniak (award recipient); Bruce Chr. Johnson (ALCTS Past-President) david miller, presidential citation recipient
left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); David Miller (award recipient); Bruce Chr. Johnson (ALCTS Past-President) betsy simpson, presidential citation recipient
left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Betsy Simpson (award recipient); Bruce Chr. Johnson (ALCTS Past-President) janet morrow, presidential citation recipient
left to right: Pamela Bluh (ALCTS President); Janet Belanger Morrow (award recipient); Bruce Chr. Johnson (ALCTS Past-President)

Presidential Citations

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.

Presidential citations were awarded to Janet Belanger Morrow for her work as editor of the Library Materials Price Index (LMPI), David Miller for his contributions to the Cataloging and Classification Section, Cathy Martyniak for her contributions to PARS, and Betsy Simpson for her work as chair of the Leadership Development Committee.