ALCTS Awards Honor Outstanding Contributions
Each year ALCTS and its sections present awards to honor individuals who have made highly significant contributions in the areas of technical services, collection development, and preservation. The 2012 ALCTS awards were presented on June 24, 2012 at a special ceremony during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Ca. In addition, ALCTS President Betsy Simpson recognized the exceptional achievements of two people who made very special contributions to ALCTS, awarding them with presidential citations.
Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award
Julie Allen Page received the Banks-Harris Preservation Award, which recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation or conservation for library and archival materials. The award includes a $1,500 cash grant donated by Preservation Technologies, L.P., and a citation.
Pictured (left to right): Robert Strauss (Preservation Technologies), Julie Allen Page (award recipient), Ann Marie Willer (chair, PARS), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Adrienne E. Bell (award jury).
George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award
The 2012 Cunha-Swartzburg Preservation Award was given to Gregor Trinkaus-Randall. This award was created to honor these two leaders in preservation and collaboration. Gregor has extended the reach of preservation understanding across Massachusetts, a state with many small cultural institutions from libraries to archives to museums, and has been instrumental in expanding his preservation knowledge through a wider network of like-minded colleagues across the country. He has greatly impacted the field of preservation throughout his long career. Sponsored by Hollinger Metal Edge, the award includes a $1,250 grant and citation.
Pictured (left to right): Bob Henderson (Hollinger), Gregor Trinkaus-Randall (award recipient), Ann Marie Willer (chair, PARS), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Nancy Kraft (award jury).
Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant
Dartmouth University's Helen Bailey received the Jan Merill-Oldham Professional Development Grant. Sponsored by the Library Binding Institute, this award provides librarians and paraprofessionals new to the preservation field with the opportunity to attend the ALA Annual Conference.
Pictured (left to right): Debra Nolan (LBI), LBI President Jack Tolbert, Helen Bailey (award recipient), Ann Marie Willer (chair, PARS), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Beth Doyle (award jury).
Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management
The ALCTS Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS) presented the Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management to Lenore England of University of Maryland University College. The award recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The recipient receives a citation and a $1,000 award donated by Coutts Information Services.
Pictured (left to right): Claire Appavoo (Ingram/Coutts), Lenore England (award recipient), Harriet Lightman (chair, CMS), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Cheryl Highsmith (award jury).
Margaret Mann Citation
The 2012 Margaret Mann Citation was awarded to Jane Greenberg. Presented by the ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) and sponsored by OCLC, 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. Greenberg chose the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the recipient of this year’s scholarship award.
Pictured (left to right): Glenn Patton (OCLC), Jane Greenberg (award recipient), Mary L. Mastraccio (chair, CaMMS), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Mary S. Woodley (award jury).
Harrassowitz Award for Leadership in Library Acquisitions
Lisa German, Pennsylvania State University Libraries, received the Harrassowitz Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. The Harrassowitz Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award, sponsored annually by Harrassowitz and named in honor of Dr. Knut Dorn, before his 2011 retirement the longtime senior managing partner at Harrassowitz, is given to a librarian in recognition of outstanding leadership and other contributions in the field of acquisitions and includes a $1,500 award and a citation.
Pictured (left to right): Friedeman Weigel (Harrassowitz), Lisa German (award recipient), Stephen Bosch (chair, AS), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Janet Belanger Morrow (award jury).
First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant
This Wiley Professional Development Grant was awarded to Beth Kumar of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. This award is intended to provide librarians new to the continuing resources field with the opportunity to broaden their perspective and to encourage professional development in ALA Conference and participation in Continuing Resources Section activities.
Pictured (left to right): Charles Regan (Wiley), Beth Kumar (award recipient), Meg Mering (chair, CMS), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Selena S. Lin (award jury).
Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award
UCLA's Valerie Bross is the 2012 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. This award for distinguished contributions to serials, presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS, consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuest through its Serials Solutions business unit.
Pictured (left to right): Yvette Diven (Serials Solutions/ProQuest), Valerie Bross (award recipient), Meg Mering (chair, CMS), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Christopher H. Walker (award jury).
Outstanding Publication Award
The Outstanding Publication Award recognizes the author of this year’s outstanding monograph, article, or original paper in the field of technical services. The 2012 ALCTS Outstanding Publication award was given to Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado, Denver, for his work, "Academic library databases and the problem of word-sense ambiguity" published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship 37 (January 2011), pp. 64–69. The award includes a $250 prize and a citation.
Pictured (left to right): ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Jeffrey Beall (award recipient), Mary Beth Weber (award jury).
Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award
The Edward Swanson Best of LRTS Award recognizes the best article published in Library Resources & Technical Services during 2012, and includes a $250 prize and a citation. This year's award was presented to Erin Stalberg and Christopher Cronin for “Assessing the cost and value of bibliographic control” vol. 55, July 2011, pp. 124–137.
Pictured (left to right): LRTS Editor Peggy Johnson, Erin Stalberg and Christopher Cronin (award recipients), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Alex Thurman (award jury).
ALCTS 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 2012 award was given to Queens College for collaboration on the Queens Memory Project.
Pictured (left to right): Lambert Shell (Queens Borough Public Library), Ben Alexander (Queens College Library), Natalie Milbrodt (Queens Memory Project), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Elaine Yontz (award jury).
Esther J. Piercy Award
Timothy Strawn of Cal Poly State University is the winner of the 2012 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 ten 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.
Pictured (left to right): John Elliott (YBP), Timothy Strawn (award recipient), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Karen Darling (award jury).
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. ALCTS President Betsy Simpson recognized Louise Ratliff for leading the transition of the Council of Regional Groups to the Affiliate Relations Committee, and Deborah Ryszka for outstanding service as chair of the Membership Committee.
Pictured (left to right): ALCTS Past-President Cynthia Whitacre, Deborah Ryszka, Louise Ratliff, ALCTS President-Elect Carolynne Myall, ALCTS President Betsy Simpson.
Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award
Pamela Bluh, associate director for technical services and administration of the school’s Thurgood Marshall Law Library, was honored for three decades of service to other librarians and ALCTS, where she has served as its president (2007/2008); editor of its highly successful Papers on Library Technical Services and Collections (2003-2006), chair of its Fundraising Committee (2000-2004) and chair of its Continuing Education Committee. She is currently editing the division’s first e-book “The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges.” This award is sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and honors the recipient with $3,000 and a citation. Cindy Hepfer accepted the award on Pamela's behalf.
Pictured (left to right): Allen Powell (EBSCO), Cindy Hepfer (accepting for Pamela Bluh), ALCTS President Betsy Simpson, Bruce Chr. Johnson (award jury).