Tim Strawn receives Esther Piercy Award

For Immediate Release
Mon, 02/13/2012

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CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Timothy Strawn, director of information resources and archives, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif., the winner of the 2012 Esther J. Piercy Award.  The award will be presented on Sunday, June 24, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Prior to his current position at California Polytechnic State University, Strawn served as head of cataloging and metadata services at the University of Texas-Austin and as geospatial resources cataloger at Harvard University.  Strawn has excelled at redefining technical services work to provide new and improved services to patrons.  He has worked closely with several library consortia, including the California State University library committees on access to electronic resources, and on system-wide technology infrastructure that supports library services.  One of his nominators notes in her letter of support, “Both here at Cal Poly and in his professional activities before and since joining us, Tim has reflected and modeled the ‘new technical services’ – an integral perspective that redefines collections services in terms of ‘user services’: access, discovery, critical and transformative use of content, social context of access, including the redesign of library spaces and stewardship of unique campus and regional cultural and intellectual artifacts and records.”  In addition, Strawn has worked extensively with professional associations and is currently a director-at-large on the ALCTS Board of Directors as well as chair of the Search Committee for a new editor-in-chief of Library Resources & Technical Services.   He has presented at various conferences on topics ranging from cataloging to collection development to the idea of technical services as user services.  Timothy Strawn exhibits all 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, editor of Journal of Cataloging and Classification from 1950 to 1956 and of Library Resources & Technical Services from 1957 to 1967.  The Piercy Award recognizes 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 YPB, 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, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation, and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.