LBI Cunha/Swartzburg award to Ann Russell

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS



For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO – Ann Russell, recently retired director of the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, Mass.,, is the winner of the 2009 LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award. The Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) will present the award on Sunday, July 12th, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. The Cunha/Swartzburg Award is sponsored by LBI: The Library Binding Institute and includes a $1,250 grant and citation.  Â

Established in 2007, the award honors the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation. The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals.

Russell is honored in recognition of her advocacy of and contributions to cooperative preservation during her 30-year tenure in the field of library preservation. Her vision and leadership were the driving force behind NEDCC’s growth and influence in the field of preservation and conservation education and training.  From the creation of the School for Scanning to her work as a founding member of the Regional Alliance for Preservation, she has been at the heart of numerous national and international initiatives. NEDCC workshops have been offered all over the U.S. and in Cuba, South Africa and Russia. In addition to her comprehensive and effective impact on collaborative preservation over the past three decades, her collaborative vision and outstanding leadership have strengthened preservation knowledge, practice, and awareness of tens of thousands of staff in libraries, archives and museums around the world. Â

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.