Blackwell's Scholarship Award honors Lucy Lyons

Contact: Charles Wilt
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For Immediate Release,
February 19, 2008

Blackwell's Scholarship Award honors Lucy Lyons

CHICAGO- The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that the Blackwell's Scholarship Award for 2008 is awarded to Lucy Eleonore Lyons for her article, “The Dilemma for Academic Librarians with Collection Development Responsibilities: A Comparison of the Value of Attending Library Conferences versus Academic Conferences,” published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, volume 33, issue 2, March 2007, pages 180-189.

The Blackwell's Scholarship Award is given to the author of the past year's outstanding monograph or article in the field of acquisitions, collection development and related areas of resources development in libraries. The award will be presented on Sunday, June 29, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Lyons explores the dilemma librarians with collection responsibilities often face when deciding whether to attend library conferences or relevant academic conferences. She offers an illustrative comparison of the limitations and advantages of the American Library Association's annual meeting and the annual conference of the American Political Science Association, utilizing a methodology that could easily be adapted for other disciplines. She concludes that neither type of event can be responsibly ignored and offers concrete strategies for resolving the dilemma.

Blackwell donates a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the winning author's choice. Ms. Lyons has designated that the scholarship be given to her alma mater, the School of Information & Library Science, Pratt Institute, in New York.

Blackwell is an international business that supplies libraries with collection products and supporting services.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.