jewell inaugural recipient of coutts award for innovation in electronic resources management



For Immediate Release

April 1, 2008

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS

(312) 280-5030



Jewell inaugural recipient of Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management


CHICAGO—The Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce Tim Jewell,  director, information resources, collections, and scholarly communication at the University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., as the winner of the first annual Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management.

The award recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The recipient receives a $2,000 award generously donated by Coutts Information Services and a citation. 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.

Tim Jewell has a distinguished record of innovation in the field of electronic resources management and is a key figure in the development of initiatives and standards. His pioneering report, “Selection and Presentation of Commercially Available Electronic Resources: Issues and Practices,” shed light on the ways that libraries were integrating electronic resources into print collections.

Jewell was co-creator of the Web Hub for Developing Administrative Metadata for Electronic Resources Management, a Web site that served as a forum for electronic resources librarians to share information. He conceived and co-directed the Digital Library Federation Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI), identifying the unique management needs of electronic resources that were not being addressed by traditional library management systems and  encouraging the development of new systems for managing these resources. This work culminated in ” Electronic Resource Management: The Report of the DLF Initiative,” an innovative report, which outlined functional requirements and a comprehensive model for managing electronic resources that is now used by most major automation vendors.

Jewell also played a pivotal role in the development of the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI), which was subsequently approved as a NISO standard, and ONIX for Publications Licenses (ONIX-PL). He continues to play a critical role developing new initiatives, as evidenced in the recent publication of the DLF/ERMI “White Paper on Interoperability between Acquisitions Modules of Integrated Library Systems and Electronic Resource Management Systems,” inspiring vendors to standardize the automatic transfer of acquisitions information into an electronic resources management system from an integrated library system.

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.