Kelley McGrath wins Esther J. Piercy Award

Contact: Charles Wilt
Executive Director, ALCTS

For Immediate Release,
February 23, 2010

CHICAGO-The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Kelley McGrath, cataloging & metadata services librarian (audio-visual) at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., the winner of the 2010 Esther J. Piercy Award. The award will be presented on Sunday, June 27, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

McGrath has demonstrated initiative and leadership in establishing a record of achievement and success in her position at Ball State University libraries, in publication and scholarship and in her contributions to the profession. Besides demonstrating leadership within the libraries and involving herself in a variety of national and professional organizations, she is actively publishing within the profession. In addition to her publications, some of her most notable work has been through the Cataloging and Policy Committee of OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers). McGrath displays many traits of strong leadership and clearly exhibits all of the qualities represented by the 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 10 years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership. The recipient receives a $1,500 grant donated by YBP, Inc. and a citation in recognition of his/her accomplishments.

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.