Nominations sought for 2007 ALCTS awards

Contact: Charles Wilt
Executive Director, ALCTS
For Immediate Release
September 5, 2006

Nominations sought for 2007 ALCTS awards

CHICAGO - Nominations are being accepted for the 2007 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards. ALCTS presents 10 awards to honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and service in the field of library collections and technical services and to support travel for library support staff to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate for any of the awards, contact the chair of that award committee.
The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is December 1, 2006.

  • NEW AWARD FOR 2007:
    ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes a demonstrated benefit from actions, services, or products that improve and benefit providing and managing library collections.
    The citation may be presented to two or more individuals or groups who have participated jointly in an appropriate achievement. Accomplishments that expose problems may be as valuable as successes. The citation will be presented in a year when an achievement of merit has occurred.
    Recognized forms of collaboration must be between library personnel and other individuals or groups such as: publishers, vendors, cultural organizations, government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and the like. Results of a collaborative effort must demonstrate advancement in collection management or technical services working environments.

    Send nominations, along with written justification for the citation in terms of demonstrated outcomes in work achieved through actions, services, or products; how the achievement contributed to the fulfillment of needs in the work of collection management or technical services and any other factors relevant to the merit of the achievement and two letters of recommendation to Lauren Corbett, Citation Jury chair,

  • CSA/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award: Presented by the ALCTS Serials Section, the award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by CSA.
    The awards are given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship, including such activities as leadership in serials-related activities through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs; contributions to the body of serials literature; conduct of research in the area of serials; development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials; and other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials.

    Send nominations to: Mary Page, chair, CSA Jury,

  • First Step Award: The ALCTS Serials Section presents the award, a Wiley Professional Development Grant.
    The award provides librarians who are new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and encourages professional development and participation at American Library Association (ALA) conferences and Serials Section activities.
    All ALA members with five or less years' professional experience in the serials field, who have not previously attended an ALA Annual Conference, are eligible.
    The award consists of $1,500, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees, etc.
    Eligible applicants may apply more than once.
    Winners will be chosen based on:
    commitment to professional development in the serials field as evidenced by participation in continuing education activities, workshops and previous participation in professional activities; candidate's written justification for the grant in terms of commitment to and interest in serials related work; personal professional development; financial need; two letters of reference; and a vita.

    Send nominations to: Clinton Chamberlain, chair, First Step Jury,

  • Margaret Mann Citation:
    This award is presented to a cataloger or classifier for outstanding professional achievement in the areas of cataloging or classification through publication, participation in professional cataloging associations, or valuable contributions to practice in individual libraries.
    The Cataloging and Classification Section administers the award, a citation and $2,000 to the library school of the winner's choice, which is donated by OCLC, Inc. The Mann Citation committee bases its selection on nominations made by members of the profession or friends of the profession.
    Anyone with a worthy candidate is urged to nominate that person. Achievements to be considered include: notable publications; outstanding contribution to the activities of professional cataloging associations; outstanding contribution to the technical improvement of cataloging and classification and/or the introduction of a new technique of recognized importance; and outstanding contribution in the area of teaching cataloging and classification.

    Send nominations to:
    Matthew Beacom, chair, Mann Citation Jury,

  • Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award: Presented by the ALCTS Acquisitions Section for contributions by and outstanding leadership of an individual to the field of acquisitions librarianship, the award consists of $1,500 and a citation donated by Harrassowitz.
    Winners will be chosen based on: demonstrated leadership which has contributed significantly to improvements in acquisitions and achievement in the field of acquisitions through contributions to professional associations, literature, the education of acquisitions professionals and the advancement of the profession.

    Send nominations to:
    Michele Crump, chair, Leadership Jury,

  • Esther J. Piercy Award: The award, a $1,500 grant and citation donated by YBP, Inc., recognizes contributions to 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.
    Winners will be chosen based on accomplishments related to technical services and resources in such areas as:
    leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or national level; contributions to the development, application or utilization of new or improved methods, techniques and routines; significant contribution to professional literature; and conduct of studies or research in the technical services.

    Send nominations including, a statement giving the reasons for nomination and the date your nominee entered his or her first professional position, with a resume or narrative career outline to:
    John Radencich, chair, Piercy Jury,

  • Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award: The award was established to honor the memory of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation.
    The award, $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P., is given to a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.
    Winners will be chosen based on:
    leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or national levels; contributions to the development, application or utilization of new or improved methods, techniques and routines; significant contribution to professional literature; evidence of studies or research in preservation; and training and mentoring in the field of preservation.


    end nominations, a formal statement of nomination that provides a strong rationale for the nomination by addressing how the nominee meets the criteria for the award, letters of support for the nomination, and a complete resume for the nominee to:

    Yvonne Carignan, chair, Banks/Harris Jury,

  • Blackwell's Scholarship Award: The award honors an author or a group of authors who have written an outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of acquisitions, collection development or related areas of resource development in libraries.
    Blackwell's will donate a $2,000 scholarship to the United States or Canadian library school of the winning author's choice.
    The scholarship will be given to a student concentrating in the acquisitions or collection development areas.
    Publications from 2006 are eligible.
    Reprints of earlier publications will not be accepted.
    The evaluation criteria include:
    intellectual content; practical value; theoretical value; scholarship; presentation; and style.

    Send nominations, along with a statement giving the full bibliographic citation of the article, book or paper being nominated and reasons for the nomination to:
    Lisa German, chair, Blackwell Jury,

  • Best of LRTS Award: The award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), the official journal of ALCTS.
    The winner will receive a citation and $250 from ALCTS.
    Papers published in volume 50 (2006) are eligible for consideration, with the exception of official reports and documents, obituaries, letters to the editor and biographies of award winners.
    Each paper will be judged on the following points: content with a significant contribution about one or more issues addressed by ALCTS and its sections; statements in the paper are adequately supported by accurate data and/or documentation; and clear and readable writing style.

    Send nominations, along with the title of the paper being nominated and the reasons for the nomination to:
    Michele Crump, chair, Best of LRTS Jury,

  • Sage Library Support Staff Travel Grants: The Travel Grants (six to be awarded) make it possible for library support staff to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference to be held in the summer of 2007 in Washington, DC.
    Sage Publications donates six grants of up to $1,000 to cover the expense of attending the conference, including airfare, three nights lodging, and conference registration, for each recipient. Library Support Staff who currently are employed in a full time support staff position, have a minimum of three years of experience in an area of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development/management, preservation of library materials, serials), and have not previously attended an ALA annual conference are eligible for the grants. Successful candidates will be required to submit a brief report describing their experiences at the annual conference.
    This report will be published in the post-conference issue of the ALCTS Newsletter Online and also will be shared with the sponsor.

    To apply, send a letter addressing the application criteria, brief resume and a short statement (ca. 250 words) outlining why attending the 2007 ALA Annual Conference would be beneficial. A letter of support from the applicant's supervisor, indicating the employer's support for the application also is required. Applications and the supervisor's letter must be submitted in electronic format, with all parts emailed as Word attachments. Please send all documents to: Sarah Morris, Sage Jury,
    For questions, please contact Rhonda Marker, chair, Sage Jury,

For additional information on the ALCTS awards, visit the ALCTS Web site at ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).