Hope Olson selected for Margaret Mann Citation

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/21/2017


Keri Cascio

Keri Cascio

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services


CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) announces that Hope A. Olson is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret Mann Citation presented by its Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS). The Mann Citation will be presented on June 24 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

The Mann Citation, recognizing outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s honor by OCLC, Inc. to the library school of the winner’s choice. Olson has chosen the University of Alberta to be the recipient of this year’s scholarship award.

Olson’s contributions to the field of cataloging are many and outstanding. In addition to her extensive research and publishing, she was an influential teacher of cataloging and classification who mentored numerous doctoral students in library and information science.

As one of her nominations for this citation noted, Olson “is a prominent figure in cataloging, known for pioneering the application of feminist, poststructural, and postcolonial theory to the critical analysis of knowledge organization tools and practices.” Her seminal book in this area, “The Power to Name: Locating the Limits of Subject Representation in Libraries,” was published in 2002, and its impact has only grown through the years.

Although Olson retired from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013, she continues to publish and present on cataloging and classification issues, even presenting a paper she co-authored at the 2016 IFLA Classification & Indexing Satellite Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to her outstanding work in teaching, research and publishing, Olson has been influential in professional organizations, serving as the conference chair for the first Ethics of Information Organization in 2009, as well as for the 2012 Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Information Organization. She also has served on the editorial boards of the “Journal of Library Metadata” and “Knowledge Organization” for over a decade each.

Olson is Professor Emerita of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, where she served as a Professor from 2003 to 2013, including serving as Associate Dean from 2007 to 2010 and Interim Dean from 2010 to 2011. Previously, she taught at School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta from 1990 to 2003, receiving promotion to Professor in 2002.

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.