Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award presented to Nancy Gibbs

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

Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award presented to Nancy Gibbs

CHICAGO—The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Nancy Gibbs, head of acquisitions at Duke University, to receive the 2007 Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. 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 Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award, sponsored annually by Harrassowitz, is given to a librarian to recognize contributions and outstanding leadership in the field of acquisitions and includes a $1,500 gift.

Nancy Gibbs has a strong record of dedicated service to both the institutions in which she has worked and the associations with which she has been active. She is highly respected for her selfless work ethic and the leadership she has brought to the academic library profession. Many of us have known her as a mentor, adviser, counselor, and friend. Gibbs is effective without micromanaging, getting the groups to turn in new directions and involving all in decision-making.

Gibbs has held the position of head of the Acquisitions Department for the Duke University Libraries since 2001. She has presented numerous papers on electronic resources and publisher/vendor relationships at North Carolina Serials Conference, Charleston Conference, American Library Association (ALA) conferences and North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) meetings. In a recent notable paper, she examined package contracts from publishers for electronic journals and analyzed the consequences of not buying the "big deal." When she was acting head of acquisitions at North Carolina State University, Gibbs was one of the first acquisitions librarians to report on incorporating electronic books into the academic library environment. Gibbs was elected as the chair of the Acquisitions Section of ALCTS, 2003-2004. Her long record of service on a variety of ALCTS and Serials Section committees from education to statistics, communication to constitution & by-laws show her willingness to serve and the resounding approbation of those working with her shows how well she has served. In recognition of the programs she spearheaded as a leader of the Acquisitions Section of ALCTS, ALA appointed Gibbs to its 2007 Annual Conference Planning Committee.

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.