ALCTS announces award recipients for 2003


ALCTS announces award recipients for 2003

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce the following award recipients for 2003.    The awards will be presented on Monday, June 23, 2003, at the ALCTS Membership Meeting and President's Program during the 2003 Joint American/Canadian Library Association meeting in Toronto, Canada.  

Richard Fyffe article named Best Of LRTS

Richard Fyffe, assistant dean for scholarly communication, University of Kansas, Lawrence, is the 2003 recipient of the Best of Library Resources & Technical Services ( LRTS ) award.   The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in LRTS, the official journal of ALCTS.   Fyffe receives $250 and a citation in recognition of his article, “ Technological Change and the Scholarly Communications Reform Movement: Reflections on Castells and Giddens” published in the April 2002 issue.

Applying concepts from the work of Daniel Bell, Manuel Castells and Anthony Giddens, Fyffe has identified key concepts that form the underlying basis for the current crisis in scholarly communications. He explains how the growing instability in the system of scholarly information exchange derives in significant part from tensions between the academic culture and the market economy upon which the academy has come to depend. 

In addition to his library degree from Simmons College, Fyffe holds bachelor, summa cum laude, and master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Connecticut.   He is a member of Beta Phi Mu.   Fyffe has also held positions at the University of Connecticut Libraries, Essex Institute in Salem, Mass., and the American Antiquarian Society inWorcester, Mass..   He has also been a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.  

John F. Dean is recipient of the 2003 Banks/Harris Preservation Award

John F. Dean, director, department of preservation and collections maintenance, Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, N.Y., has been named the recipient of the 2003 Paul Banks & Carolyn Harris Preservation Award.   The award, consisting of $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P., 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.  

Dean began his career in research library conservation and preservation in 1960.   In 1970, Dean came to the United States, where he took over the management of the book conservation operation at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where he significantly upgraded and professionalized the conservation operation, in addition to obtaining his library degree from the University of Chicago.  

In 1975, Dean moved to the Johns Hopkins University creating an entirely new preservation program and establishing a five-year apprenticeship-training program based on the British model. In 1985, Dean moved to Cornell University where he developed the Libraries’ Department of Preservation and Conservation.   Cornell’s program is recognized as a leading comprehensive program in preservation and conservation.   Since 1991, Mr. Dean has provided extensive training to both national and international preservation and conservation interns and over 75 library conservation technicians.   He trains and consults in Southeast Asia and continues to serve as a mentor and advisor to many individuals in the field across the country and around the globe.  

The Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award honors the memories of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation, teachers and mentors for many in the field of preservation.

Karen Brown receives Piercy Award

The Esther J. Piercy Award Jury takes great pleasure in naming Karen E. K. Brown as the recipient of the 2003 award.  

Since joining the profession in 1995 as a preservation librarian, Brown has distinguished herself first at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) as a field service representative, and currently at the University at Albany as preservation librarian.   She is frequently called upon to execute needs assessment surveys and consultations.   Libraries up and down the East Coast have benefited from her expert consultancies.  

The workshops and conferences she has organized and led have taken her far beyond the U.S. to Cuba and South Africa.   She has been credited with making “writing a disaster plan sound like fun as well as absolutely the most important task an institution needs to accomplish.”   Of the year-long preservation management course Brown co-taught at NEDCC, one graduate says:   “It was one of the best experience I’ve had in my short library career, thanks in great part to Karen’s efforts.”    She designed NEDCC’s first distance education course, which has already been used to train hundreds of people both in the U.S. and abroad.

Active on the local, regional, national and international levels, Brown contributes to committees of ALA, AIC and the New York State Comprehensive Research Libraries Preservation Committee.

Brown conducts research in the area of preservation that can be used by specialists and beginners alike.   In the three years from 1999 to 2001 alone, she has authored or co-authored five articles and book chapters.   She recently co-authored ARL SPEC Kit 269 ( Integrating Preservation Activities), in addition to four technical leaflets that are part of Preservation of Library and Archival Materials (3 rd edition).

Brown will receive a $1,500 grant donated by YBP, Inc. and a citation. This award is given to recognize the contribution to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with not more than ten years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

The Esther J. Piercy Award was established in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Piercy, editor of Journal of Cataloging and Classification and Library Resources & Technical Services.

Blackwell’s Scholarship

Richard Fyffe’s article “Technological Change and the Scholarly Communications Reform Movement; Reflections on Castells and Giddens”, published in Library Resources & Technical Services, April 2002, has been selected to receive the Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for the best publication of the year in acquisitions, collection development, and related areas of resources development in libraries.

In his article Fyffe examines the risks of current changes to the scholarly communication systems by calling attention to fragility of digital systems and the resulting possibility of significant cultural loss. He supports his analysis by drawing upon the work of several prominent social theorists and provides a different context to view the cultural change in process.

Fyffe is assistant dean for scholarly communication, University of Kansas. He earned his masters in library and information science at Simmons College, Boston; and BA and MA in philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee.

Blackwell's donates a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the winning author's choice. The scholarship will be given to a student concentrating in acquisitions or collection development. This year Fyffe has chosen Simmons College to receive the scholarship.

Rosenberg named recipient of Bowker/Ulrich’s Award

Frieda Rosenberg, head of serials cataloging at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is the winner of the 2003 Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award for her many contributions in the area of serial holdings management.

Rosenberg's efforts have greatly assisted the library community to better understand the advantages of using the MARC holdings standard to manage and display holdings data.  Particularly noteworthy was her co-development of the Serial Holdings Workshop for CONSER's Serials Cataloging Cooperative Training Program and the critical role she played in the successful development of the CONSER Publication Pattern Initiative. The successful implementation of MARC holdings and sharing of pattern data can be directly related to Rosenberg efforts and her ability to effectively share her expertise on serial holdings management with colleagues across many libraries.

This award for distinguished contributions to serials consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by R.R. Bowker.

First Step Award goes to Dianne Ford of Elon University

Diane Ford was chosen for her commitment to professional development through association memberships and active participation in state professional groups and her desire to participate in ALA at the national level.

Ford is coordinator of periodicals and public documents at Elon (N.C.) University.   She received her B.S. in biology from Wake Forest University in 1971, did graduate work in cell biology at North Carolina State University, and received her M.L.I.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2002.

Ford is an active member of ALA, the North American Serials Interest Group, the North Carolina Library Association and North Carolina Special Library Association, and the Council of Botanical and Horticultural Libraries.   While a graduate student working as a circulation assistant at Elon University, she developed a disaster management plan for the library.  

John Wiley & Sons sponsors the $1,500 grant providing librarians new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspective, encouraging professional development by attending ALA Annual Conference and participate in ALCTS Serials Section activities.

Tom Delsey awarded Margaret Mann Citation

Thomas J. Delsey, who recently retired after 23 years of service at the National Library of Canada, is the recipient of the 2003 Margaret Mann Citation, an award of the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) of ALCTS.    The award consists of a certificate, and a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s honor to the library school of their choice by OCLC, Inc.   This year Delsey has selected the faculty of information and media studies at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) to receive this year’s scholarship.

The Margaret Mann Citation 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.   

The committee presented the award to Delsey for achievements in cataloging particularly for his extraordinary contributions to the ongoing development of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR) and the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data.    Delsey has profoundly influenced both the theory and practice of cataloging and has been a major force in the internationalization of cataloging standards.   

Delsey holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Western Ontario and a doctorate in English literature from Harvard University.