Smith receives the 2003 Melvil Dewey Medal

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For Immediate Release


April 24, 2003

Smith receives the 2003 Melvil Dewey Medal

David A. Smith,
retired chief of the decimal classification division at the Library of Congress,
is the 2003 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

“David A. Smith was selected for the Melvil Dewey Medal for his leadership in preserving the role of the Library of Congress as the world’s largest Dewey classifying agency and his promotion of innovative uses of the classification worldwide,”
said Chair Shirley Loo.
“As chief of the decimal classification division for many years, he ensured that the quality and quantity of Dewey numbers met the needs of users throughout the world.
He also ensured that books cataloged through the Cataloging in Publication program would receive Dewey numbers and that libraries
would receive a steady and timely supply of usable catalog records.
During his distinguished career at the Library of Congress, he consistently promoted and applied the tools and techniques of librarianship.”

Smith is a member of the Association of College & Research Librarians (ACRL), Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), divisions of ALA.
He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Phi Mu.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois.

The Melvin Dewey Medal will be presented Tuesday,
June 24, during the ALA/CLA joint Annual Conference in Toronto.