For immediate release | March 26, 2013

Angela Carreño receives the Coutts Innovation Award

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Collection Management Section (CMS) announces that the recipient of the 2013 Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management is Angela Carreño, head of collection development at New York University (NYU).

The Coutts Award recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The recipient receives a $2,000 award generously donated by Coutts Information Services, a division of Ingram, and a citation. The Coutts Award will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, June 30, 2013.

Carreño has demonstrated innovation through her creative leadership by developing and implementing models for the selection, management and integration of electronic books (e-books). Her successful negotiations began almost a decade ago and they have evolved to include developing partnerships on multiple levels, beginning at her home institution with other local external institutions, to consortia and then globally with vendors and publishers to make e-books accessible and attainable economically.

In 2005, she orchestrated a cooperative relationship between an approval vendor and the library’s e-book platform vendor for viewing e-content on one platform. She went on to negotiate a consortia e-book model license agreement involving a University Press, NYU, Columbia University and the New York Public Library that not only allowed access to e-books, but also provided paper copies. She went on to work with a Latin American vendor and publisher to facilitate the development of a pilot for licensing its e-book content through an e-book vendor, which facilitated the transition to the e-format and its integration into the acquisitions programs of other U.S. libraries. In another partnership, a joint license was established with a vendor to expand e-content access between large and small academic institutions allowing the smaller institution access to electronic resources that was otherwise unaffordable. Recently in 2012, Ms. Carreño chaired the NorthEast Research Library consortium (NERL) and led its RFP (Request for Proposals) for a new partner, host and governance model.

As a scholar, she has shared her ideas with colleagues across the United States at such venues as the Charleston Conference and the American Library Association.

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.


Charles Wilt

Executive Director I

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

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