Piercy Award to Xan Arch

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/12/2013


Charles Wilt

Executive Director I

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

800-545-2433 ext.5030


CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Xan Arch, director of collection Services, Reed College, Portland, Ore., the winner of the 2013 Esther J. Piercy Award.  The award will be presented on Sunday, June 30, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

Prior to her current position at Reed College, Arch served as electronic resources and technology librarian and ordering librarian at the Stanford University Libraries. During that time she also served as an intern at Harrassowitz and Casalini Libri.  She also is an instructor of the ALCTS online course, Fundamentals of Electronic Resource Acquisitions, and has published several articles in library journals such as Against the Grain and Technical Services Quarterly. 

Her nomination notes that Arch’s “professional scholarly record of both publications and presentations depict a dedicated professional who is contributing to both the development and application of improved methods and the utilization of new techniques within the profession through open source electronic resource management and patron driven acquisition of materials.” She also works extensively with professional organizations; serving on various ALCTS and LITA committees and interest groups, various Orbis Cascade Alliance committees and the Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L), LLC since its inception.

Xan Arch 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 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, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation, and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.