ALCTS Announces New Award for 2008

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS

(312) 280-5030

For Immediate Release,

January 29, 2008

ALCTS Announces New Award for 2008

For the first time, the Collection Management and Development Section (CMDS), a division of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), will present The Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management. Coutts Information Services has agreed to sponsor the award, which recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The award consists of a citation, a listing on the ALCTS Awards website, and $2,000 generously donated by Coutts.

The presentation of the award will be made at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony held during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim.

The award will be given to recognize the contribution of an individual who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in the practice of electronic collection management and development. Criteria for selection of the winner will be determined by the person's achievements including
but not limited to:

  • Building and managing new types of electronic collections and materials
  • Addressing selection issues and processes for electronic resources
  • Creating effective organizational structures for the workflow management and development of electronic resource collections
  • Increasing visibility, discovery and user access to electronic library resources

Nominations should include the name, address, phone number and email address of each nominee and nominating party, a formal statement of nomination that includes a rationale, a description of any projects that the nominee has initiated and successfully completed and letters of support and endorsement. Letters of endorsement from others should provide additional evidence of the worthiness of the nominee. The number of letters of endorsement received for a nominee shall not be a determining factor in the selection process; rather, the evidence of the person's accomplishments that fulfill the intent of the award shall be the factor considered.

Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current employees of Coutts Information Services are not eligible for the award.

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2008. Nominations should be sent to: Brian Quinn, chair, Coutts Award Jury,

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.