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Special Bylaws Ballot

During the week of October 12, 2009, ALCTS members will receive an email regarding a proposed change in the division’s bylaws. The Organization and Bylaws (O&B) Committee was charged with examining the currect bylaws for confusing and contradictory language, outdated articles and sections, clarification of references to different groups within ALCTS and ALCTS itself, and a general analysis of its presentation, currency and relevance.

O&B presented their findings at the ALA Annual Conference held in Chicago in July, 2009 and the ALCTS Board approved the revisions.

To enact these board-approved revisions, the ALCTS membership must consider and approve them.

The current bylaws and revised bylaws may be viewed on the ALCTS web site.

The results of the ballot will become effective upon publication of the results in the December 2009 ALCTS Newsletter Online. The ALCTS Board of Directors encourages all ALCTS members to participate in this very important ballot.

Awards Nominees Sought

Nominees are sought for the following awards. The deadline for most awards is December 1, 2009.

Best of LRTS

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:

  • Content with a significant contribution about one or more issues addressed by ALCTS and its sections.
  • Statements in the paper are adequately supported by accurate data and/or documentation.
  • Clear and readable writing style.

Contact Xudong Jin, Chair of the Best of LRTS Award Jury, for more information. Additional information on the award is available online.

Blackwell's Scholarship Award

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. Blackwell's will donate a $2,000 scholarship to the United States or Canadian library school of the winning author's choice. The scholarship will be given to a student concentrating in the acquisitions or collection development areas.

Nominations are evaluated on:

  • intellectual content (original, thought-provoking)
  • practical value
  • theoretical value
  • scholarship
  • presentation
  • style

Contact Hildegund M. Calvert, the award chair, for more information. Additional information on the award is available online.

Outstanding Collaboration Citation

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. 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.

Contact Mary Jo Venetis, the jury chair, for more information. Additional information on the award is available online.

Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management

The Collection Management and Development Section sponsors the 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.

Additional information on the award is available online. Contact Charles Wilt, ALCTS Executive Director, for more information.

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

This award was established in 2007 to honor the legacy of Ross Atkinson, distinguished library leader, author, and scholar, whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community at-large serves as a model for those who follow. It is awarded to recognize 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). The award is sponsored by EBSCO, consists of $3,000 and a citation, and is given annually to one person. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year. Nominees must be ALCTS members. The deadline for this award is December 7, 2009.

Contact William A. Garrison, the jury chair, for more information. Additional information on the award is available online.

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.

The award consists of a cash award and a citation. This award is funded by an endowment created by divisional, individual, and vendor contributions given in memory of Hugh C. Atkinson. The award is jointly sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA).

The nominee must be a librarian employed in a university, college, or community college library in the year prior to application for the award and must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in an academic library.

Contact Cheryl A. Kern-Simirenko, the ALCTS representative to this jury, for more information. Additional information on this award is available online. The deadline for this award is December 4, 2009.

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.

Contact Paula A. DeStefano, the award chair, for more information. Additional information on this award is available online.

LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award

This award was established in 2007 by the Preservation and Reformatting Section of ALCTS to honor 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, sponsored by the Library Binding Institute, acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals.

The award consists of a citation, a listing on the ALCTS Awards website, and $1,250 given in support of the activity described by the winning submission or to the person being recognized for their contributions to collaborative preservation. The award will be presented annually when qualified applications or nominations are submitted. No more than one award will be conferred per year, however, the recipient can be any group or individual that fulfills the criteria for selection

Contact Ann Olszewski the award chair, for more information. Additional information on this award is available online.

Esther J. Piercy Award

The award was established in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Piercy, editor of Journal of Cataloging and Classification from 1950 to 1956 and of Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS) from 1957 to 1967.

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.

Contact Ann B. Vidor, the award chair, for more information. Additional information on this award is available online.

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.

OCLC will donate a $2,000 scholarship to the United States or Canadian library school of the winner's choice.

Contact Bruce Chr. Johnson, the award chair, for more information. Additional information on this award is available online.

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.

Contact Trisha L. Davis, the award chair, for more information. Additional information on this award is available online.

Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

The award consists of a citation and a $1,500 cash award donated by Ulrich’s. The award is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship, including but not limited to those made within the previous three years, demonstrated by such activities as 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.

Contact Marla W. Chesler, the award chair, for more information. Additional information on this award is available online.

First Step Award

This Wiley Professional Development Grant is intended to provide librarians new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspective and to encourage professional development in ALA Conference and participation in Serials Section activities. The $1,500, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., cash award is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, and registration and other fees. Eligible applicants may apply more than once.

Contact Sandra Roe, the award chair, for more information. Additional information on this award is available online.    

Ideas and Moderators Needed for ALCTS e-Forums

Kristin Martin is the new e-forums coordinator and is scheduling 2009-2010 e-forums series. There will be a monthly, targeted, two- to three-day discussion on a specific topic of interest. Upcoming topics include:

  • electronic resources and licensing
  • technical services/public services communication
  • preparing for RDA

Contact Kristin with suggestions for discussion topics. Each topic has a moderator or moderators who manage the discussion. The moderator’s responsibilities are:

  • Being present for a two to three day email discussion on a specific topic
  • Developing a list of topical questions to stimulate discussion
  • Guiding discussion and responding to queries
  • Providing a brief summary at the end of the discussion

The following is a list of future e-forum topics that Kristin has compiled. Contact her if you are interested in moderating one of these topics or would like to suggest additional topics.

  • Opening doors to hidden collections
  • Cooperative cataloging options and cataloging when the Library of Congress is no longer the center of the universe
  • Role of the library cataloging as one database among many
  • New workflows and reorganization in technical services
  • Technical services careers for public librarians
  • Writing and publishing in librarianship
  • Preservation of electronic resources
  • Open access models
  • Collection analysis    

New Emerging Leader Selected

Shilpa Rele, Metadata Librarian at the University of Miami Libraries, has been chosen as ALCTS Emerging Leader for 2009-2010. ALCTS sponsorship includes financial support for expenses towards attendance at both of the ALA conferences, up to $1000 total. Find more information on the Emerging Leaders Program online.    

New LRTS Editorial Board Member for Marketing

Christine Ross will join the LRTS Editorial Board as the new marketing specialist. In this capacity, she will be responsible for marketing and advertising related to LRTS. Ross replaces Martha Whittaker, who served in this capacity for six months. Ross is the Director of Collection Services at the University of Illinois-Springfield. She has extensive marketing and editing experience, and worked with ANO editor Mary Beth Weber to develop the recently implemented survey of ANO readership.