Banks/Harris Preservation Award to Barclay Ogden

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS



For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO-Barclay W. Ogden, head of the preservation department at the University of California Berkeley Library, is the recipient of the 2009 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. The award, consisting of $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L. P., recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials. The award will be presented on Sunday, July 12, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

For decades, Ogden has contributed locally, nationally, and internationally to the promotion of a wide range of library preservation issues from library binding to digitization, from disaster preparedness to collection assessment and identifying preservation priorities. He has led and advised grant projects ranging from preserving microfilming projects to investigating accelerated aging techniques for polyvinyl acetate adhesive in binding.

One of his major contributions has been in disaster planning and assistance. The National Endowment for the Humanities recognized the California Preservation Program as a model that could be adapted readily to regional disaster planning. Ogden co-created the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) ( The service recruits preservation experts throughout the area to serve as trainers and consultants. Thanks to Ogden’s leadership and vision, much-needed emergency response training is available in 14 western states and Pacific territories.

In addition, Ogden’s work in the development of CALIPR ( beginning in 1991 represents one of the first automated preservation collection assessment tools for print-based collections. It has been used since by libraries worldwide. Recently, he initiated the adaptation of CALIPR for use in assessing vast collections of audiovisual materials.

The Banks/ Harris Preservation Award honors the memories of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation and teachers and mentors for many in the field of preservation. The Banks/Harris Award is given each year by the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the ALCTS.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.