For immediate release | March 11, 2014

El-Sherbini book wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award recipient for 2014 is Magda El-Sherbini for her book "RDA: Strategies for Implementation," Chicago: ALA Editions, 2013.

The Outstanding Publication Award is an annual award given to honor the author or authors of the year's outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation, continuing resources and related areas in the library field. El-Sherbini will receive a citation and $250 sponsored by ALCTS at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony, Saturday, June 28, during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

In "RDA: Strategies for Implementation," El-Sherbini suggests practical approaches for implementing the new cataloging standards and examines a variety of technical issues related to applying RDA (Resource Description and Access) to the existing bibliographic landscape. She offers an orientation in the conceptual background and structure of RDA from a technical and applied perspective, including a detailed comparison with AACR2. FRBR-driven tasks, FRBR-Group relationships and how FRAD impacts RDA application are also examined. The book is a timely addition to the literature as many libraries struggle to implement the new standards.

Magda El-Sherbini is head of The Ohio State University Libraries, Collection Description and Access Department. She is also a professor at Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. El-Sherbini has served as chair of several ALCTS committees, as a member of the ALA RDA Advisory Board and as the Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s Policy Committee. She has published and presented in the areas of cataloging and technical services management.

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