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 2014 ALCTS awards were presented on the evening of Saturday, July 26, 2014 at a special ceremony at the Paris Las Vegas hotel during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, ALCTS President Genevieve Owens recognized the exceptional achievements of four people who made very special contributions to ALCTS, awarding them with presidential citations. 2014 also inaugurated the ALCTS Honors award.

To begin the evening, a slide presentation was shown.



Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

James M. Reilly, founder and director of the Image Permanence Institute, 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): Andrew Hart (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Becky Ryder (PARS chair), James M. Reilly (award recipient), Robert Strauss (Preservation Technologies).

George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award

The 2014 Cunha-Swartzburg Preservation Award was given to Thomas F. R. Clareson, of LYRASIS. This award was created to honor these two leaders in preservation and collaboration. Sponsored by Hollinger Metal Edge, the award includes a $1,250 grant and citation.

Pictured (left to right): Julie Mosbo (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Becky Ryder (PARS chair), Thomas F. R. Clareson (award recipient), Bob Henderson (Hollinger).



Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

George Mason University's Madeline Kelly 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. Read Madeline's article about her conference experience.

Pictured (left to right): Eva Sorrell (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Becky Ryder (chair, PARS), Madeline Kelly (award recipient), Debra Nolan (LBI).


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 Marie Kennedy, serials and electronic resources librarian at Loyola Marymount University William H. Hannon Library. The award recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The recipient receives a citation and a $2,000 award donated by Coutts Information Services. The award was accepted on Marie's behalf by Ellen Safley.

Pictured (left to right): Betsy Appleton (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Ellen Safley (award jury; accepting for Marie), Bob Nardini (Coutts).


Margaret Mann Citation

The 2014 Margaret Mann Citation was awarded to Sara Shatford Layne. 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. Sara has chosen the Department of Information Studies Program of the University of California, Los Angeles to be the recipient of this year’s scholarship award.

Pictured (left to right): Lori Robare (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Rebecca Mugridge (CaMMS chair), Sara Shatford Layne (award recipient), Glenn Patton (OCLC), Keri S. Botello (UCLA).


Harrassowitz Award for Leadership in Library Acquisitions

Jenica P. Rogers, director of libraries, State University of New York Potsdam, 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): Ginger Williams (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Tammy Sugarman (AS chair), Jenica P. Rogers (award recipient), Friedemann Weigel (Harrassowitz).


First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant

This Wiley Professional Development Grant was awarded to Chris Bulock, electronic resources librarian at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. 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): Rebecca Kemp (CMS chair), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Mary Page (past CMS chair; ALCTS president-elect), Chris Bulock (award recipient), Charles Regan (Wiley).


Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award

Les Hawkins is the 2014 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. Les Hawkins, CONSER coordinator, Library of Congress, receives this award for his many achievements in and significant influence on the field of continuing resources. 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): Bonnie Parks (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Rebecca Kemp (CMS chair), Les Hawkins (award recipient), Jane Burke (ProQuest).


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 2014 ALCTS Outstanding Publication award was given to Magda El-Sherbini, for her monograph, RDA: Strategies for Implementation, published in 2013 by ALA Editions. The award includes a $250 prize and a citation.

Pictured (left to right): Rene Erlandson (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Magda El-Sherbini (award recipient), ALCTS President-Elect Mary Page.


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 2013, and includes a $250 prize and a citation. This year's award was presented to Wen-Ying Lu and Mary Beth Chambers for their article, “PDA consortium style: The CU MyiLibrary cataloging experience” vol. 57, no. 3 (July 2013) pp. 164-78.

Pictured (left to right): Donna Cranmer (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Mary Beth Chambers (award recipient), Wen-Ying Lu (award recipient), LRTS Editor Mary Beth Weber.


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 2014 award was given to The Alberta Library Online: The Alberta Group Catalogue. The collaboration among the member libraries and their staff, along with vendors and the Albertan government, have created a substantial increase in online resources, as a supplement to the physical collections, for both rural and urban patrons.

Pictured (left to right): Lesley Looper (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Clive Maishment (Alberta Library Online).


Esther J. Piercy Award

Patrick Carr, assistant director for acquisitions & collection management, Joyner Library at the East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C., is the winner of the 2014 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 Library Services, Inc. and a citation.

Pictured (left to right): Bruce Johnson (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Patrick Carr (award recipient), Mark Kendall (YBP Library Services).


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. 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 President Genevieve Owens, Jacob Ineichen (award recipient), Annie Peterson (award recipient), Alice Pearman (award recipient), ALCTS President-elect Mary Page, Constance Malpas (OCLC Research), Lorcan Dempsey (OCLC Research).


Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Olivia M. A. Madison, dean of libraries at Iowa State University, was honored for 35 years of service. She has served as chair of the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA), chair of the ALCTS Budget and Finance Committee and, most recently, chair of the ALCTS Advocacy and Policy Committee.  She was elected ALCTS President in 2003 and in 2013 began a three-year term as a councilor-at-large on ALA Council.  She is recognized for her leadership with local, regional and national organizations, including Iowa State University, the Midwest Higher Education Compact, the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries and the Greater Western Library Alliance.  At the international level, Madison served for eight years on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Standing Committee of the Section on Cataloguing, including two years as chair. 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): Helen Reed (award jury), ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, Olivia M. A. Madison (award recipient), Kittie Henderson (EBSCO).

ALCTS Honors...

ALCTS Honors awards debuted in 2014, and are intended to honor ALCTS members who have a long and continuous record of service to ALCTS. The honorees this year are Susan Davis, Dina Giambi, Janet Swan Hill, and Dale Swensen.

Pictured (left to right): Norm Madeiros (ALCTS Board), ALCTS Past President Carolynne Myall, Dale Swensen (award recipient), Dina Giambi (award recipient), Janet Swan Hill (award recipient), Brian Schottlander (ALCTS Board), Susan Davis (award recipient), ALCTS President-Elect Mary Page, ALCTS President Genevieve Owens.