Lizabeth A. Wilson wins 2013 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial award
For Immediate Release
Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
CHICAGO — Lizabeth (Betsy) A. Wilson, dean of university libraries at the University of Washington (UW), has been named the 2013 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Wilson will receive a cash award and citation during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management, and has made notable improvements in library services or research.
“Betsy Wilson is a library leader who exemplifies the work and accomplishments of Hugh Atkinson,” said Larry P. Alford, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair and chief librarian at the University of Toronto Libraries. “It speaks volumes that she was nominated for this award by 11 of her senior colleagues at the University of Washington with letters of support from across the library professions and from a former Provost at UW.”
“Her colleagues use phrases such as ‘adroitness in moving organizations forward,’ ‘personal warmth,’ ‘a strong sense of integrity’ and ‘ability to focus on what is truly important,’ and note her knowledge that ‘understanding and valuing individuals is the key to organizational improvement and survival’ in describing her leadership. It was clear to the committee that over her career Dean Wilson has nurtured and inspired her colleagues and fostered innovation to strengthen the ability of the libraries she has personally led as well as libraries across the world to serve better users of libraries,” continued Alford.
Wilson received her B.A. in Art History and German from Northwestern University. She earned her M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Hugh C. Atkinson Award is jointly sponsored by four divisions of ALA: the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The award is funded from an endowment established to honor Hugh C. Atkinson.
Donations to the endowment may be sent to Casey Kinson, ACRL, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, Ill. 60611.
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