Blackwell's Scholarship Award honors the late Ross Atkinson

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

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award honors the late Ross Atkinson

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to announce that the Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for 2007 is awarded to the late Ross Atkinson for his article, “Six Key Challenges for the Future of Collection Development,” published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), volume 50, number 4, October 2007, pages 244-251.

The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award honors the author of the year’s outstanding monograph or article in the field of acquisitions, collection development, and related areas of resources development in libraries.

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.

Ross Atkinson’s perceptive and well-written article lays out six challenges facing collection development for consideration by attendees at the Janus Conference, held in October 2005. Based upon wisdom and foresight, he advances the idea that these six challenges cannot be solved by libraries working independently but rather must be solved by working cooperatively.

Blackwell donates a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the winning author's choice. Carole Atkinson, on behalf of her late husband, has designated the scholarship be given to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston.

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.