For immediate release | February 24, 2014

Lu and Chambers article wins Swanson Best of LRTS Award

CHICAGO — Wen-Ying Lu, cataloging librarian, Access Services, San Mateo County Library (formerly of the University of Colorado, Boulder), and Mary Beth Chambers, director of catalog & metadata services, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, have been awarded the 2014 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for their article, "PDA Consortium Style: The CU MyiLibrary Cataloging Experience," published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), volume 57, number 3, July 2013, pages 164-178.

The Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in LRTS, the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The author(s) receive $250 and a citation in recognition of his work.

Although many articles have been published on patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) from a collection development perspective, few articles have dealt with technical issues of shared purchasing and shared cataloging of PDA e-books within a consortia setting. Lu and Chambers have written an excellent article on how the University of Colorado Boulder’s PDA program was expanded to include the remaining institutions within the University of Colorado system. Working closely with their library vendor, they developed custom MARC records for the discovery titles that were distributed throughout the system. Once a title was purchased somewhere within the system, MARC records were revised, an order record created at the institution that initiated the purchase and revised records re-distributed. In this rapidly changing PDA/e-book environment, the detailed workflows and problem solving described in this article for managing and sharing discovery titles and purchased titles could serve as a best practice for any consortia or group of libraries contemplating a collaborative or consortial PDA program.

The award will be presented on Saturday, June 28, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

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, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.


Charles Wilt

Executive Director