Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award
About the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award
This award honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson by soliciting nominations and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions (including risk taking) toward the improvement of library services or to library development or research.

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2018 Winner(s)

Larry P. Alford

Chief Librarian at the University of Toronto

“The committee selected Larry P. Alford because of his distinguished career as an academic librarian, including his outstanding experience in library automation and library management, as well as his demonstrated risk taking in redesigning library spaces and securing funding for renovations,” said Theresa S. Byrd, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair and dean of the Copley Library at the University of San Diego. “As chair of the OCLC Board, Larry focused on technology, and he is currently involved with linked data, digital preservation, entrepreneurship, and research data management projects.”

“Additionally, throughout his library career, Larry has increased money for collections and championed public service initiatives,” continued Byrd. “He believes in nurturing new library professionals and has served as a mentor in both the Northern Exposure to Leadership Initiative and the Senior Fellow Program at UCLA. Larry’s colleagues in both Canada and the United States spoke of his collaborative spirit within the libraries he worked and with external library partners. He has numerous publications, presentations, and extensive professional and university service. Larry, an innovator and visionary, epitomizes what Hugh C. Atkinson represented to our profession.”