Jennifer Bowen wins Best of LRTS Award

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2006

Jennifer Bowen wins Best of
LRTS Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Bowen has won the 2006 Best of
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. The author receives $250 and a citation in recognition of her work.

Jennifer Bowen, head of cataloging at the University of Rochester and head of technical services at the Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music, won the award for her article, “FRBR: Coming Soon to Your Library,” published in
Library Resources & Technical Services (
LRTS), volume 49, number 3, July 2005, pages 175-188.

According to the awards committee, the topic of Bowen’s article, “The Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR)” is timely and significant to the library community. FRBR is a difficult model to describe and understand in practical application, but Bowen demonstrated through instructive examples how FRBR could shape daily cataloging work and displays in online systems. She provides original insights supported by clear examples and sound logical arguments, in a readable style that makes it accessible to a broad audience. This is a user-friendly article, not weighed down by technical jargon, which will help both catalogers and non-catalogers in all types and sizes of libraries to understand and be better prepared for the “coming” of FRBR.

Jennifer Bowen holds a bachelor’s of arts in music history from Central Michigan University, a master’s of library science, and a master’s of arts in historical musicology, both from the University of Michigan. Currently, she serves as the ALA representative to the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of
Anglo American Cataloguing Rules (AACR), which is developing a new content standard for resource description to replace AACR2, entitled
RDA: Resource Description and Access.

The award will be presented on Sunday, June 25, 2006, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Membership Meeting during the 2006 American Library Association (ALA) meeting in New Orleans.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services. Areas of concentration of ALCTS members include acquisition, cataloging, collection development, preservation, and archiving of all library materials in all formats as well as serial collection management.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.