Totten receives the 2001 Melvil Dewey Medal

Contact: Cheryl Malden


ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

May 2001

Totten receives the 2001 Melvil Dewey Medal

Herman Lavon Totten is the 2001 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Melvil Dewey Medal, which recognizes distinguished service to the profession of librarianship.

The award, a citation and medal donated by OCLC/Forest Press, Inc., is given to an individual or group for recent creative professional achievement in library management, training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.

Recognized for numerous accomplishments, including training paraprofessionals in small public libraries throughout Texas, Totten also has been a mentor and teacher for information professionals across the country and instills in his students the importance of being involved in professional library organizations.

"Dr. Totten is a renowned scholar and a prolific writer with an inventive mind, sharing creative tools and techniques to strengthen librarianship," Award Chair Leslie Burger said.

Totten is regents professor and associate dean for the school of library and information sciences at the University of North Texas, Denton. He is a life member of ALA, has served on numerous committees and is a member of the ALA Council.

He has received many awards, including the 1999 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Outstanding Teacher Award. He also is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Fraternity and the Phi Delta Kappa National Honor Society.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Wiley College and a master's of library science and doctorate in educational media/library science from the University of Oklahoma.

The Melvil Dewey Medal will be presented Tuesday, June 19, during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.