Laurel Tarulli wins Esther J. Piercy Award

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS



For Immediate Release

March 3, 2009

CHICAGO-The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has named Laurel Tarulli, collection access librarian at Halifax Public Libraries, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia,  the winner of the 2009 Esther J. Piercy Award.  The award will be presented on Sunday, July 12th, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago.

Tarulli has demonstrated initiative, leadership and a collaborative spirit in establishing a record of achievement and success in her position at Halifax Public Libraries, in publication and scholarship and in her service to the community and profession. Besides taking on leadership roles within Halifax Public Libraries and involving herself in a variety of local, national and international professional organizations, she is actively publishing within the profession and established and maintains a blog for catalogers - The Cataloguing Librarian. One of her most notable activities is her authority control work within the local catalog to implement proper authority terms for Aboriginal and Indigenous populations in Canada. This First Nations authority work is groundbreaking and has resulted in her joining by invitation the American Indian Library Association’s Subject Access and Classification Committee. Tarulli displays many traits of strong leadership and clearly exhibits the qualities represented by the Esther J. Piercy Award.

The Esther J. Piercy Award was established by ALCTS in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Piercy, the editor of Journal of Cataloging and Classification from 1950 to 1956 and of Library Resources & Technical Services from 1957 to 1967. It is given to recognize the contributions to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than 10 years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership. The recipient receives a $1,500 grant donated by YBP, Inc. and a citation in recognition of his/her accomplishments.

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.