Stemper and Barribeau article wins Best of LRTS Award

Contact: Charles Wilt
Executive Director, ALCTS
For Immediate Release
March 6, 2007

Stemper and Barribeau article wins Best of LRTS Award

CHICAGO—Jim Stemper, electronic resources librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, and Susan Barribeau, electronic resources librarian for collection development at the University of Wisconsin Libraries in Madison, have won the 2007 Best of LRTS Award for their article, "Perpetual Access to Electronic Journals: A Survey of One Academic Research Library’s Licenses," published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), volume 50, number 2, April 2006, pages 91-109.

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 authors receive $250 and a citation in recognition of their work.

Through a survey of one academic research library’s licenses, Stemper and Barribeau thoroughly examine the complicated issues involved in maintaining continued access to purchased electronic content. The authors explore current license agreement practices and highlight procedural concerns that will be influencing budgets and collections in academic libraries for the foreseeable future. This thoughtful analysis offers libraries practical recommendations to consider when making collection decisions about purchased electronic resources and perpetual access. The jury commends the authors for identifying and explaining the head-spinning particulars of dealing with electronic journals in a clear, understandable and logical fashion.

The award will be presented on Sunday, June 24, 2007, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) meeting in Washington, DC.

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.