Robert L. Maxwell wins Highsmith Library Literature Award

Contact: Cheryl Malden, Governance Program Officer


For Immediate Release

May 29, 2003

Robert L. Maxwell wins Highsmith Library Literature Award

Robert L. Maxwell, special collection and ancient languages catalog librarian at the Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library is the winner of the 2003 Highsmith Library Literature award (formerly the G.K. Hall Award for Library Literature).
The American Library Association
(ALA) published his winning book “Maxwell’s Guide to Authority Work”
in 2002.
The award, a citation and $500 donated by Highsmith Press, recognizes an author(s) who makes an outstanding contribution to library literature.

“‘Maxwell’s Guide to Authority Control,’” approached a topic that can be difficult and made it accessible and understandable for all, said Chair Rodney Lippard.
“While some may relegate the topic of authority work to the realm of cataloging, it has an affect on all areas of librarianship.
Truly good authority work makes searching and retrieving easier on all involved and Mr. Maxwell has mapped the way to do this.”

Maxwell is an active member in several ALA divisions – Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).
He chaired ACRL’s Bibliographic Standards Committee of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.

He holds classical languages and literature from the University of Toronto and, an M.L.S from the University of Arizona.

The Highsmith Library Literature Award will be Tuesday,
June 24, during the ALA/CLA joint Annual Conference in Toronto.