Karen Hunter receives CSA/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS


For Immediate Release

March 14, 2006

Karen Hunter receives CSA/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that Karen Hunter, senior vice president, Elsevier, is the winner of the 2006 CSA/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award (formerly Bowker/Ulrich’s) for her leadership in the collaborative development of the electronic delivery of scholarly information.

This award for distinguished contributions to serials consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by CSA.

Hunter’s colleagues in libraries and in publishing organizations describe her as a “thought-leader ” and “innovator” with concerns that go “beyond any interests she may have as an employee of a single publishing company.” According to the awards committee, she is a dedicated explorer of the yields of electronic delivery and has spearheaded many important research initiatives that influenced the thinking of an entire professional community.

Two key collaborative projects were TULIP (The University Licensing Program, 1991 to 1995), which involved nine major research universities in the United States and other partners and its successor PEAK (Pricing Electronic Access to Knowledge), a collaboration with the University of Michigan and other partners. She actively champions a range of projects addressing the challenge of archiving digital information and orchestrated Elsevier’s project planning effort in its collaborative work with Yale University Library on the 2001 Andrew W. Mellon Grant, “Archiving Electronic Journals.” These projects were characterized by the open sharing of research findings.

Hunter was an early supporter of the Coalition for Networked Information and CrossRef. Her ability to represent the views of the library world to the publishing world and the views of publishers to librarians during her 30-year career continues to have a profound and positive influence within the library field.

Hunter joined Elsevier in 1976. Her undergraduate degree is from the College of Wooster and she earned graduate degrees in history, library science, and business administration from Cornell, Syracuse and Columbia universities, respectively.

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.