News from ALCTS

2009 Award Winners

Plan on attending the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 12, 5:30-7 pm at the Chicago Hilton, Waldorf Room. Awards and recipients are listed below. Congratulations to all the winners!

Best of LRTS

Karen Schmidt, University Librarian and professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, Wendy Allen Shelburne, Assistant Professor and electronic resources librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and David Vess, Assistant Professor and visiting IMLS portal librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have been awarded the 2009 Best of LRTS Award for their article, "Approaches to Selection, Access, and Collection Development in the Web world, " published in Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS), volume 52, number 3, 2008, pages 184-191.

The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in LRTS, the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The authors receive $250 and a citation in recognition of their work.

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for 2009 goes to Karen Schmidt, Wendy Allen Shelburne and David Steven Vess for their article entitled: "Approaches to Selection, Access, and Collection Development in the Web World : A Case Study with Fugitive Literature,” published in Library Resources & Technical Services, volume 52, issue 3, July 2008, pages 184-191.

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.

The article explores the use of librarians’ existing collection development skills as applied to development and management of materials collected from the Internet. The authors concluded that many of the skills collection development librarians use for print can be transferred to the Internet. In light of the findings, libraries may need to rethink their collecting processes and make plans for the inclusion and preservation of Web-based materials in their collections.

Blackwell donates a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the winning author’s choice. The authors have designated that the scholarship be given to the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS).

Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management

Selden Lamoureux, Electronic Resources Librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries, is the winner of the 2009 Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management. Lamoureux shares the award with Judy Luther, president of Informed Strategies, a consultancy that supports the development and delivery of customer-oriented electronic products.

The award recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The recipients each receive a $1,000 award generously donated by Coutts Information Services and a citation. Lamoureux is being honored for her role in developing SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource Understanding, currently a recommended practice of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO).

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Cindy Hepfer, head, electronic periodicals management department of the university library at the State University of New York at Buffalo, is the recipient of the 2009 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This 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.

Hepfer has been recognized by her colleagues as generous and committed in her work, having inspired a broad spectrum of constituencies, from students to administrators, from academicians to book jobbers and serials vendors, from library support staff to professional librarians, encouraging them to become active participants in an ongoing dialogue about library services.

Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

Barclay W. Ogden, head of the preservation department at the University of California Berkeley Library, is the recipient of the 2009 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.

Ogden has contributed locally, nationally, and internationally to the promotion of a wide range of library preservation issues from library binding to digitization, from disaster preparedness to collection assessment and identifying preservation priorities. He has led and advised grant projects ranging from preserving microfilming projects to investigating accelerated aging techniques for polyvinyl acetate adhesive in binding.

The Banks/ Harris Preservation Award honors the memories of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation and teachers and mentors for many in the field of preservation.

LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award

Ann Russell, recently retired director of the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, Mass., is the winner of the 2009 LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award. 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.

Russell is honored in recognition of her advocacy of and contributions to cooperative preservation during her thirty-year tenure in the field of library preservation.

Esther J. Piercy Award

Laurel Tarulli, collection access librarian at Halifax Public Libraries, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is the winner of the 2009 Esther J. Piercy Award. Tarulli has demonstrated initiative, leadership and a collaborative spirit in establishing a record of achievement and success in her position at Halifax Public Libraries, in publication and scholarship and in her service to the community and profession. Besides taking on leadership roles within Halifax Public Libraries and involving herself in a variety of local, national and international professional organizations, she is actively publishing within the profession and established and maintains a blog for catalogers - The Cataloguing Librarian.

The Esther J. Piercy Award was established by ALCTS in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Piercy, the editor of The 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.

Margaret Mann Citation

Francis L. Miksa, emeritus professor, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of the 2009 Margaret Mann Citation. The Mann Citation recognizes outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, and includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s honor by OCLC, Inc. to the library school of the winner’s choice. Miksa has chosen the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin to be the recipient of this year’s scholarship award.

Miksa is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of library and information science education, as well as for his long and active service to professional organizations such as the American Library Association, the Association for Library and Information Science Education and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

Brian Green is the 2009 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. This award for distinguished contributions to serials consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuest.

Green is founder and manager of EDItEUR and has contributed and led the development of various standards that facilitate the expedient and accurate handling of serials processes and transactions. These affect several key members of the serials information chain: publishers, subscription agents, ILS vendors and libraries.

Presidential Citations

The ALCTS Presidential Citations honors ALCTS members who make significant contributions to the association and to the profession but whose accomplishments do not fall within the criteria for ALCTS' other awards. They are awarded by the current ALCTS President. The 2009 recipients are:

  • Magda El-Sherbini for her leadership of the ALCTS Steering Committee for Implementation of the Non-English Language Task Force Recommendations.
  • Andy Hart for his leadership of the development of a new PARS organizational structure.
  • Dale Swensen for his leadership of a complete review of the ALCTS bylaws.

In addition, two certificates of appreciation will be awarded to:

  • Keri Cascio for her leadership in planning and offering training to enable ALCTS to offer webinars.
  • Jordan Fields (an ALCTS intern) for her work in support of ALCTS webinars and web courses.