News from ALCTS

2010 Award Winners Announced

The following individuals have received awards and will be honored on Sunday, June 27 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Congratulations to all the award winners! For more information, see the press releases for these award announcements.

Best of LRTS

Patricia Dragon is the 2010 winner of the Best of LRTS award, which is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in LRTS, the official journal of ALCTS. The authors receive $250 and a citation in recognition of their work. Dragon has been recognized for her article “Name Authority Control in Local Digitization Projects and the Eastern North Carolina Postcard Collection.”

Leadership in Library Acquisitions

No award will be given in 2010.

Margaret Mann Citation

Olivia Marie A. Madison, dean of the library, Iowa State University, is the recipient of the 2010 Margaret Mann Citation presented by its Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS). The Mann Citation, recognizing outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s honor by OCLC, Inc. to the library school of the winner’s choice. Madison has chosen the University of Missouri School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, Library Science Graduate Program to be the recipient of this year’s scholarship award.

Esther J. Piercy Award

Kelley McGrath, Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian at Ball State University, is the winner of the 2010 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 ten 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 her accomplishments.

First Step Award

Rebecca Kemp, E-Resources Acquisitions Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the recipient of the 2010 First Step Award-A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section.

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award

ALCTS has presented the Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for 2010 to Kristen Blake and Jacquie Samples for their article "Creating Organization Name Authority within an Electronic Resources Management System,” published in Library Resources & Technical Services, volume 53, issue 2, April 2009, pages 94-107.

The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award honors the author(s) of the year’s outstanding monograph or article in the field of acquisitions, collection development, and related areas of resources development in libraries.

Banks/Harris Preservation Award

Michèle V. Cloonan, Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, is the recipient of the 2010 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. The award, consisting of $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L. P., recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Peggy Johnson, Associate University Librarian for Access Services, University of Minnesota Libraries, is the recipient of the 2010 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and honors the recipient with $3,000 and a citation.

ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation Award

This year, the citation goes to two distinguished libraries. This year’s recipients, in recognition of their outstanding collaborative partnerships are: the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life, which is a consortium of twelve major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries and research institutions organized to digitize, serve and preserve the legacy literature of biodiversity; and the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.

LBI Cunha/Swartzburg Award

Robert Harriman and Jeffrey Field, in recognition of their outstanding efforts to promote, coordinate and manage the United States Newspaper Program (USNP), are the recipients of the 2010 LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award. USNP is a collaborative national effort spanning a quarter of a century that brought scholars, historians, researchers, librarians and archivists from fifty states and two territories together to inventory, catalog and preserve the newsprint record of a nation.

The LBI Cunha/Swartzburg Award is sponsored by LBI: The Library Binding Institute and includes a $1,250 grant and citation.

Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management

The ALCTS Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS) has declared Galadriel Chilton, Electronic Resources Librarian and William Doering, Systems, Catalog and Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, winners of the Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management.

The award recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The recipients each receive a $1,000 award generously donated by Coutts Information Services and a citation.

Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

ALTCS has named Steven C. Shadle as the 2010 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. This award for distinguished contributions to serials, presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section, consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuest through its Serials Solutions business unit.

Year of Cataloging Research Web Site

In response to “On the Record” (the final report created by the LC commissioned Task Force for the Future of Bibliographic Control), ALA and ALCTS are highlighting the need for research in bibliographic control by declaring 2010 the Year of Cataloging Research.

The Year of Cataloging Research web site ( is now available. It features announcements, event information, links to relevant videos, and other information highlighting cataloging research.

How can you participate?

  • Generate and share inspiring research ideas
  • Do your own research
  • Present and publish your research
  • Encourage and support others doing research (fill out those pesky email surveys!)
  • Read research papers and articles on bibliographic control
  • Organize a research program or other event on bibliographic control at conferences
  • Spread the word - make sure anyone who might be interested knows about it
  • Attend programs on cataloging research at ALA and other conferences.
  • Please send information focusing on cataloging research (events, research awards, etc.) to Allyson Carlyle ( ).

While the spirit of the Year of Cataloging Research embraces all research relating to bibliographic control (including metadata, classification theory, social tagging, etc.), information posted on the Year of Cataloging Research web site may be restricted to that specifically related to library metadata, cataloging, classification, and catalogs.

ALCTS Planning Web Site/Database

Good-Bye, Planning Database! Hello--?

Starting immediately, the current ALCTS Planning Web site, also known as the Planning Database, used to track strategic initiatives such as symposia or collaborations with other organizations, will no longer be updated or maintained. ALCTS Planning Committee members will concentrate instead on identifying a new way to track strategic activities.

Why this change?

The purpose of strategic planning, whether in traditional or innovative forms, is to envision our organization’s future and scout out paths to reach it. As different ALCTS groups undertake strategic initiatives, we need a mechanism to record progress on activities, from the idea stage all the way to completion (or abandonment). The tracking mechanism also facilitates communication between groups within ALCTS. It enables us to see what other groups are doing, to foster cooperation and reduce unnecessary duplication of effort.

So far, ALCTS has had two strategic planning databases for these purposes. The current web site/database was an improvement over the first one, and Planning Committee members worked hard to make it clear and accessible to all ALCTS groups. Unfortunately, though, an informal survey of ALCTS group leaders in late 2009 showed that our tech-savvy members’ expectations about ease of finding and using the web site had outstripped the web site’s performance. ALCTS members also expressed concern about duplicate reporting requirements, on group report forms and then in the database/web site; and Planning Committee members agreed that we needed to make the most efficient use of our most valuable resource: our members’ time.

For the next strategic planning cycle, we are looking for a strategic planning web site/database with these characteristics:

  • Simple, more flexible, more familiar technology (perhaps a wiki?).
  • Easily findable location, perhaps on the ALCTS ALAConnect site, with good indexing and a system of links to guide members to the location.
  • Automatic, or at least easy, transfer of information about strategic activities from standard ALCTS reporting forms to the strategic planning mechanism.

So will those of you who chair ALCTS groups stop receiving email nag-notes from Planning Committee members to encourage you to review the strategic plan and then record and update your strategic activities? Alas, no. We will still be getting in touch, to encourage participation in the planning process, and especially to encourage strategic thinking to imagine our future and work toward ALCTS goals. We would also like your thoughts and suggestions about a new tracking mechanism for ALCTS strategic initiatives.

We look forward to continuing the strategic-planning conversation with all of you. Contact Carolynne Myall, Chair of the Planning Committee for more information.

New Leaders Connect Space

New ALCTS leaders can find tips and information (including an orientation guide for new IG, committee or program chairs) in a new Connect space. Type “new leaders” once you have logged into Connect, and you will be directed to the Leadership Development portion of Connect.