For immediate release | March 10, 2014

Olivia Madison named ALCTS' Ross Atkinson Award recipient

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) names Olivia Madison, dean of libraries at Iowa State University, the 2014 recipient of its Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award honors the memory of Ross Atkinson, a distinguished library leader, author and scholar whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community at large serves as a model for those in the field. The award, generously sponsored by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented on June 28 at the annual meeting of the American Library Association in Las Vegas. Madison will receive a citation and a monetary award of $3,000.

For more than 35 years, Madison has provided leadership at many levels within ALCTS and the American Library Association (ALA). She has served as chair of the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA), chair of the ALCTS Budget and Finance Committee and, most recently, chair of the ALCTS Advocacy and Policy Committee. She was elected ALCTS President in 2003 and in 2013 began a three-year term as a councilor-at-large on ALA Council. She is recognized for her leadership with local, regional and national organizations, including Iowa State University, the Midwest Higher Education Compact, the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries and the Greater Western Library Alliance. At the international level, Madison served for eight years on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Standing Committee of the Section on Cataloguing, including two years as chair.

Her research and scholarship are collaborative and of great impact, reflecting deep engagement in the fields of cataloging, technical services and librarianship as a whole. She has written and presented extensively, editing three books, authoring more than 25 journal articles and presenting papers at professional meetings. Her signal work is participation in the development of the bibliographic data model presented in IFLA’s Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). This international effort, which she oversaw as chair of the responsible Study Group, brings the conceptualization of bibliographic data into the 21st century and forms the basis for the latest iteration of the cataloging code, Resource Description and Access (RDA). Following her substantive work on FRBR, Madison was appointed as co-chair of the Library of Congress’s Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. Her contributions to the group’s final report On the Record became the impetus for the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative, the development study to create a post-MARC environment for the communication of bibliographic data for libraries and other cultural institutions. Her research is shaping how library data will be recorded, presented, and stored in the future.

In 2010, she was honored with one of ALCTS' most prestigious awards, the Margaret Mann Citation, for her outstanding contributions in cataloging or classification. She is an invited member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and largest academic honor society for all academic disciplines.

During her distinguished career Olivia Madison has addressed many of the major issues at the heart of ALCTS and indeed, the profession. The breadth and depth of her accomplishments meet the criteria this award recognizes.

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

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)