Margaret Mann Citation

Deadline for nominations is December 1.


The Margaret Mann Citation is awarded by the ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section 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.


The Margaret Mann Citation Committee bases its selection on nominations made by members of the profession or friends of the profession—anyone with a worthy candidate is urged to nominate that person.

Achievements to be considered include:

  • Notable publications, such as an article, pamphlet, or book;
  • Outstanding contribution to the activities of professional cataloging associations;
  • Outstanding contribution to the technical improvement of cataloging and classification and/or the introduction of a new technique of recognized importance;
  • Outstanding contribution in the area of teaching cataloging and classification.

Except in unusual circumstances, the achievement shall have culminated within the last five years.

Nationality and professional association membership are not among the criteria. Current employees of OCLC are not eligible for the award.


The nomination shall include the formal statement of nomination with some rationale and a resume or narrative summary of the nominee's career and achievements. Nominations of those nominated in a given year but who are not selected for the citation that year will be forwarded to the following year's committee for automatic reconsideration. Further consideration beyond this requires renomination.

Endorsements or "seconds" are welcomed inasmuch as they provide substantive information on the achievements of the candidate, but the number of additional letters is not the sole determining factor in the selection.


The winner receives a citation and OCLC donates a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the winner's choice.


The award is presented during the American Library Association Annual Conference each year at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Membership Meeting.

Award Jury

For nomination information contact Gina Solares, chair of the Margaret Mann Citation Jury.

Award Recipients

Recipients of the Margaret Mann Citation
Year Recipient(s) Year Recipient(s) Year Recipient(s)
2017 Hope A. Olson 2002 Jean Hirons 1976 Eva Verona
2016 Paige Andrew 2001 Brian E. C. Schottlaender 1975 Margaret Webster Ayrault
2015 Magda El-Sherbini 2000 Patricia M. Thomas 1974 Frederick Kilgour
2014 Sara Shatford Layne 1999 Nancy B. Olson 1973 Doralyn J. Hickey
2013 Judith A. Kuhagen 1998 John D. Byrum 1972 Edmund L. Applebaum
2012 Jane Greenberg 1997 Sheila S. Intner 1971 Henriette D. Avram
2011 Edward Swanson 1996 Arlene G. Taylor 1970 S. R. Ranganathan
2010 Olivia M. A. Madison 1995 Arnold Wajenberg 1969 Katharine L. Ball
2009 Francis L. Miksa 1994 Carol Ann Mandel 1968 Paul S. Dunkin
2008 Martha Yee 1993 Janet Swan Hill 1967 C. Sumner Spalding
2007 Robert Wolven 1992 Elaine Svenonius 1966 F. Bernice Field
2006 Judith Hopkins 1991 Margaret F. Maxwell 1965 Laura Catherine Colvin
2005 Dorothy McGarry 1990 Ronald Hagler 1964 Catherine MacQuarrie
2004 Barbara Tillett 1989 Lois Mai Chan 1963 Arthur Hugh Chaplin
2003 Thomas J. Delsey 1988 Ben R. Tucker 1962 Willis E. Wright
    1987 Dorothy Glasby 1961 John William Cronin
    1986 Jean Weihs 1960 M. Ruth MacDonald
    1985 Lucia Rather 1959 Andrew D. Osborn
    1984 Dorothy Anderson 1958 Esther J. Piercy
    1983 Frances Hinton 1957 Daniel Judson Haykin
    1982 Elizabeth Baughman 1956 Susan Grey Akers
    1981 Sanford Berman 1955 Seymour Lubetzky
    1980 Peter Lewis 1954 Pauline A. Seely
    1979 Michael Gorman and Paul Winkler 1953 Maurice F. Tauber
    1978 Derek William Austin 1952 Marie Louise Prevost
    1977 Phyllis Allen Richmond 1951 Lucile M. Morsch