ALCTS announces awards

Contact: Charles Wilt


For Immediate Release

March 2002

ALCTS announces awards

First Step Award

Susanna Flodin, technical services librarian at the Oregon Institute of Technology, has been awarded the First Step Award, a Wiley Professional Development Grant, for 2002.

Presented by the Serials Section the grant, $1,500 donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees and related expenses providing librarians new to the serials field the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and to encourage professional development by attending American Library Association (ALA) conferences and participating in Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Serials Section activities.

Flodin is currently manager of technical services at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) in Klamath Falls, Ore. She received her bachelors of science in psychology in 1994 from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., and her masters of library and information science from University of British Columbia in 1999.

Flodin currently serves on two ORBIS Consortium Committees; the Online Northwest Planning Team, an annual conference to promote innovation and technology in libraries; and is a member of the Learning Resources Commission and the Americans with Disabilities Commission on OIT's campus. While a graduate student, Flodin co-authored a journal article published in
Library and Archival Security.

2002 Banks/Harris Preservation Award

Ellen McCrady is the recipient of the 2002 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. The award, $1,500 and a citation, is sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L. P., and recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.

Since 1975, McCrady has been the editor and publisher of the "Abbey Newsletter," which has subscribers in 44 countries. During her long career, first in bookbinding and then in preservation, McCrady has made significant contributions to the library and archives preservation field. Besides her own publications, she has contributed numerous articles to publications in the fields of librarianship, papermaking and conservation.

Blackwell's Scholarship Award

Richard Meyer, dean and director of libraries at the Georgia Institute of Technology is the Blackwell's Scholarship Award winner for his article, "A Tool to Assess Journal Price Discrimination" published in
College and Research Libraries,volume 62, pages 269-288, May 2001.

The award, a citation and $2,000 scholarship to the library school of the winners choice, is donated by Blackwell's, and is given to the author(s) of an outstanding monograph, published article or original paper on acquisitions, collection development or related areas of resource development.

Meyer has designated that the $2,000 scholarship should be awarded to the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

One of the first researchers to apply empirical data to a major question in collection development, Meyer builds on previous research, and uses sophisticated analysis to answer the question.

Meyer has held positions as director of libraries at Trinity University (Texas), associate director of libraries at Clemson University, and assistant director of technical services at Indiana State University and the University of Texas at Dallas. He holds bachelor degrees in chemistry and library science from the University of Missouri and masters degrees in library science and economics from Clemson University.

Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award

Eric Lease Morgan is the 2002 recipient of the Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award.

Presented by the ALCTS Serials Section, the award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by R. R. Bowker. This award is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship, including, but not limited to those made within the previous three years demonstrated by such activities as leadership in serials-related activities through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs; contributions to the body of serials literature; conduct of research in the area of serials, development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials; and other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials.

The committee felt that Morgan exhibited a unique combination of technical expertise, broad vision, genuine creativity, and a talent for imagining new solutions that put him at the forefront of digital librarianship.

In the early 1990s, Morgan wrote a program called "Mr. Serials" that was the first systematic method for collecting Internet-based e-serials. His next project, Index Morganagus, was a sophisticated Web site crawling and indexing software used to retrieve and index the full text of dozens of electronic serials, thus clearly demonstrating the potential of e-serials to the scholarly community.

In a recent project at North Carolina State University, Morgan created "MyLibrary@NCState," a user-driven, customizable, portal-like interface to a library's collection of Internet resources. "MyLibrary@NCState," which allows individuals to build their own virtual libraries by choosing journals, databases and other online resources that fit their particular needs, has been adapted by other libraries.

Morgan is active in The North American Serials Interest Group and LITA. He has made presentations about his serials programs to a wide variety of groups throughout North America; has published serials-related papers in
Serials Review and
Cataloging and Classification Quarterly; and serves on the editorial board of
Information Technology and Libraries.

Margaret Mann Citation

Jean L. Hirons, CONSER Coordinator in the Serial Record Division at the Library of Congress, is the recipient of the 2002 Margaret Mann Citation.

The award, a citation and a $2,000 scholarship, is donated, in the recipient's honor by OCLC, Inc., to the library school of the winner's choice. It recognizes outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification through publication of significant professional literature; participation in professional cataloging associations; demonstrated excellence in teaching cataloging; or valuable contributions to practice in individual libraries.

Hinrons developed concepts, proposals and rule changes to improve Chapter 12 of the
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR), organized the Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program and is the editor of the
CONSER Editing Guide and the widely acclaimedCONSER Cataloging Manual.

The committee felt that Hirons influenced both the theory and practice of serials cataloging in a changing environment and that the great success of the CONSER program owes much to her outstanding leadership. She has fostered cohesiveness and a cooperative spirit among CONSER participants that have made the program a model to follow by other PCC programs.

Hirons holds a masters in library science from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor of arts from Marietta College.

Esther J. Piercy Award

Lisa German, acquisitions team leader and assistant professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, is the 2002 recipient of the Esther J. Piercy Award.

The award, a citation and $1,500 donated by YBP, Inc., is given to a librarian with less than 10 years experience for contributions to and leadership in the field of library collections and technical services.

She is the author or co-author of 12 publications, including two book chapters on acquisitions management and a
Guide to the Management of the Information Resources Budget. She also has been very active in regional and national professional associations, serving on several ALCTS committees; chairing the Acquisitions Administrators Discussion Group; and was elected a member-at-large of the Acquisitions Section Executive Committee.

German holds an MSLIS and a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of ALA, ALCTS, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA).

The awards will be presented on June 17, 9:30 a.m., at the ALCTS Membership Meeting and President's Program during the 2002 ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.

ALCTS is a division of the ALA.