For immediate release | February 25, 2016

Ross Atkinson award given to Janet Swan Hill

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to name Janet Swan Hill, retired associate director for technical services at the University of Colorado Boulder, as the 2016 recipient of the 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 citation and monetary award, generously sponsored by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented at the ALCTS Award Ceremony on June 25, 2016, during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando.

Hill’s notable career spans more than four decades. Her extensive service to ALCTS includes elected and appointed positions including president of ALCTS in 1997-1998, chair of the Appointments Committee, co-chair of the Organization and Bylaws Committee, member of the Budget and Finance Committee, secretary and member of the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA), chair of the CC:DA Task Force on the Rule Revision Process and chair of the CC:DA Task Force on the AACR2 Glossary. Her service on CC:DA resulted in the publication of “Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition, 1988 Revision.”

She has been a staunch advocate for ALCTS and its members and the broader library community by serving on ALA Council as a member-at-large, member of the ALA Executive Board and its Finance and Audit Committee, member of the Strategic Plan Task Force and chair of the President’s Task Force on Electronic Member Participation. She has been a well-known, vocal and respected Council member. She has also served on the Executive Board of the ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA).

Hill’s depth of cataloging knowledge and expertise resulted in her being named to the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control in 2006.

Her list of published articles and chapters, editorial work and presentations is extensive and has educated generations of catalogers. She is a sought after and valued mentor. She was the recipient of the ALCTS Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging and classification; the Best of “Cataloging and Classification Quarterly” Award for “What Else Do You Need to Know? Practical Skills for Catalogers and Managers;” and an ALCTS Honors award.

As her letter of nomination states, “Her commitment and service to ALCTS and to the profession are without parallel. She is the consummate librarian—a passionate practitioner, an exacting educator, an extraordinary communicator and a leader par excellence.”

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.


Keri Cascio

Executive Director