Owens book wins ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/15/2019


Julie Reese

Deputy Executive Director



Chicago—The recipient for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Outstanding Publication Award is Dr. Trevor Owens for his book The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation.

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. Trevor Owens will receive a citation and $250 sponsored by ALCTS at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 22 during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation serves as an introduction to digital preservation issues and presents a conceptual framework which may be used to build flexible, comprehensive digital preservation initiatives at libraries of all sizes. The book explains the fundamentals of digital media and digital information and then highlights how digital preservation can be integrated into library functions/workflows to ensure long-term access to valuable digital information—providing “one link in an unbroken chain of memory”.

Dr. Owens is the Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress. He holds a PhD in research methods and educational technology from George Mason University. He has published extensively on digital preservation and long-term access to information and serves on the Digital Library Federation Advisory Committee. 

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.