Jill Emery wins Esther J. Piercy Award

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS


For Immediate Release

March 14, 2006

Jill Emery wins Esther J. Piercy Award

CHICAGO— The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that Jill Emery, director of the Electronic Resources Program at the University of Houston Libraries, is the 2006 recipient of the Esther J. Piercy Award for her success in the world of serials librarianship, especially her knowledge of electronic resources licensing and pricing models.

The Esther J. Piercy Award, established by ALCTS in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Percy, the editor of
Journal of Cataloging and Classification from 1950 to 1956 and of
Library Resources & Technical Services from 1957 to 1967, is given to recognize the contribution to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than 10 years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

The recipient receives a $1500 grant donated by YBP, Inc. and a citation in recognition of his/her accomplishments.

Emery shaped how libraries use and acquire electronic resources and influenced the development of new and improved products and services by sharing her expertise with colleagues, publishers, and vendors, according to the awards committee.

Very active professionally, Emery was elected chair-elect of the Serials Round Table of the Texas Library Association in her second year out of library school. Currently, she serves on three publisher advisory boards as well as two elected national offices—chair of the ALCTS Serials Section and a board member-at-large of NASIG.
Library Journal acknowledged her achievements in naming her one of 50 Movers and Shakers for 2004.

Emery has a bachelor of arts in literature from Texas A&M University at College Station and a master’s of library and information science from the University of Texas at Austin.

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.