Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant
Deadline for nominations and applications is December 1.
The award was established in 2011 by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) to honor the career and influence of Jan Merrill-Oldham, distinguished leader, author, and mentor in the field of library and archives preservation.
For three decades, Ms. Merrill-Oldham was instrumental in the development of standards and best practices, writing more than forty publications including co-authoring the Guide to the ANSI/NISO/LBI Library Binding Standard, a document used by almost all libraries and commercial library binders. Ms. Merrill-Oldham served on key committees within ALCTS, ALA, the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the National Information Standards Organization and many others. She educated and mentored countless preservation librarians and conservators and her support for students and dedication to the field serves as a model to all of us. In September of 2010, Ms. Merrill-Oldham announced her retirement after a long and notable career in library and archives preservation. In December 2010, she was named the recipient of the ALCTS Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes Jan Merrill-Oldham’s wide ranging contributions, deep commitment to the field of library and archives preservation, and her undying support of young professionals by supporting participation in an ALA Annual Conference.
It is important however to encourage new and young preservation librarians and staff to further pursue their professional development. A significant part of that involvement is attending the ALA Annual Conference to network and learn from colleagues. Ms. Merrill-Oldham dedicated herself to mentoring young professionals and it is in recognition of that service that an award that supports professional development and involvement by librarians and paraprofessionals new to the preservation field be established.
The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant is awarded by the ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section to provide librarians and paraprofessionals new to the preservation field with the opportunity to attend a professional conference and encourages professional development through active participation at the national level. The grant is to be used for airfare, lodging, and registration fees to attend the ALA Annual Conference.
Criteria for selection will be determined based on the following:
- Have five or fewer years of experience in the field of library and archives preservation.
- Currently work as a librarian or paraprofessional within a library or archives preservation department or who has preservation responsibilities within their institution, or a person currently enrolled in a preservation-related graduate program.
- Recommendations from colleagues.
- Express desire as stated in a short essay (up to 500 words) on the following theme:
How would receiving the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant further your professional development goals?
- Willingness to participate in designated conference events:
- Work with a member of the jury to identify relevant programs and interest group sessions to attend.
- Attend the Preservation Administration Interest Group Meeting.
- Attend a least one PARS discussion group meeting.
- Submit a summary of the recipient’s conference experience to the ALCTS News no later than 30 days after the conference.
Members of the sponsor or its affiliated organizations are not eligible.
Nominations and applications shall include:
- Name, address, phone number, and email address of the nominee and nominating party or applicant
- Letter of application or nomination
- Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who know the candidate and his/her work
- A resume or curriculum vitae
- A short essay (up to 500 words) on the following theme: How would receiving the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant further your professional development goals?
Send nominations and applications via email to the award jury chair.
Nominations and applications for person not selected for the award in one year may be resubmitted provided the person still meets the criteria. Previous winners are not eligible.
The award consists of a $1,250 cash grant donated by the Library Binding Council, BMI and a citation. The grant is applicable toward airfare, lodging, and registration fees related to ALA Annual Conference attendance.
The award is presented during the American Library Association Annual Conference each year at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Membership Meeting.
The recipient will be announced at the Preservation Administration Interest Group (PAIG) meeting at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.
For nomination information contact the Chair of the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant Jury.