Sara Marcus wins 2009 ACRL Samuel Lazerow Fellowship

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For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO – Sara Marcus, electronic resource/Web librarian at Queensborough Community College, has been selected to receive the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for Research in Technical Services or Acquisitions. Marcus was selected for her research project on the change of terms and terminology over several editions of the Sears List of Subject Headings.

Sponsored by Thomson Reuters, the $1,000 award fosters advances in collection development and technical services by providing fellowships to librarians for travel or writing in those fields. The award and a plaque will be presented during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago at the ACRL President’s Program at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13.

“While similar research has been done on the terminology used in LCSH, such as that of Sanford Berman, there has been very little to no research done on the terminology used in Sears,” said Jacqueline Samples, chair of the selection committee and continuing and electronic resources librarian at North Carolina State University. “This study should have broad appeal in the cataloging and educational communities.”Â

Marcus earned her Ph.D. in E-Learning Administration from Touro University International in 2006. She received her M.L.S. in 1998 from Queens College, where she also received an Advanced Certificate in library science in 2002. Marcus earned her M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000, where she also received her Ed.S. in Educational Technology in 2001. She received her B.A. in Theater and Judaic Studies from SUNY Stony Brook in 1996.


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