2003 LITA/Gaylord Award winner announced

Contact: Mary Taylor, LITA Director



For Immediate Release

June 13, 2003

2003 LITA/Gaylord Award winner announced

Patricia J. Cutright has been named winner of the 2003 LITA/Gaylord Award for Achievement in Library and Information Technology.
Cutright is the library director at Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon University.

Sponsored by Gaylord Information Systems and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the award recognizes outstanding achievement in the creative use of information technology for improving or enhancing library services.
It consists of a $1,000 stipend donated by Gaylord and a citation of merit.

“Patricia has truly been a ‘pioneer’ in the areas of distance learning and remote access,” stated Chair Diana Davis. “Her achievements in the planning and implementation of the Pioneer Library System, combining the holdings and unifying services of over 70 multi-type libraries in eastern Oregon is just one of her many accomplishments that led to her consideration for this award.

Cutright has been active in library work at the state, regional and national levels and has published in the areas of technology and library cooperation.
In addition to the Pioneer Library System, her interest in collaborative library services and technology have resulted in recent work in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Her work with distance education resulted in the first Department of Education Title IID grant awarded in Oregon.
The project provided remote access to electronic resources at Eastern Oregon University's library. Through her work with CORE, a Senate Task Force on Library Cooperation was established which will determine the direction of Oregon libraries for the future.

The award will be presented during the LITA President’s Program on Monday, June 23, 2003, at the ALA Annual Conference in Toronto.