Beverly P. Lynch receives 2009 Lippincott Award

Contact:Â Cheryl Malden

Program Officer

ALA Governance Office



For Immediate Release

March 9, 2009

CHICAGO – Dr. Beverly P. Lynch, professor at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and director of the UCLA Senior Fellows Program and the California Rare Book School, is this year’s recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Joseph W. Lippincott Award. The award, founded in 1938, is given annually to an individual for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship and consists of a 24K gold-framed citation and $1,000 donated by the award founder’s grandson, Joseph W. Lippincott, III.

The jury for the 2009 Joseph W. Lippincott Award is pleased to honor Beverly Lynch for her many achievements during a vibrant and distinguished career,” said Christopher Cronin, director of Metadata & Cataloging Services at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Lynch has served in various leadership positions and made a remarkable personal commitment to providing widespread service to libraries, educational programs and the profession –at large. In 1972, she was appointed the Executive Secretary of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), where, among other things, she proposed and designed the first national ACRL conference. Dr. Lynch’s involvement in ALA has been extensive, including ALA Council, the Committee on Accreditation, the International Relations Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee. She also served as the president of ALA in 1985/86. She was the interim president of the Center for Research Libraries in 2000 and in 2004 became the founding director of the California Rare Books School.

Among the many achievements highlighted by colleagues who submitted written support for Dr. Lynch’s nomination was her leadership of the UCLA Senior Fellows Program. Under her vision and stewardship, this program “has influenced a generation of library leaders. She has helped them develop their personal philosophies of leadership and administration, always grounded in fundamental principles of librarianship, principles that remain even as the world of information and librarianship is transformed by the radical changes in information access enabled by new technologies.”

Also of note is Dr. Lynch’s commitment to promoting diversity in the profession. As one colleague wrote, she has “played a leading role in advancing ethnic diversity in our profession, first in developing a mentoring and training program for directors of historically black colleges and as dean of the UCLA Library School, working with the Los Angeles community and ALA to attract more African American, Hispanic and Native American students to her school.”

Together, all of Dr. Lynch’s achievements exhibit the kind of “distinguished service to the profession” that Joseph Lippincott intended when he established this award.

Members of the 2009 Joseph W. Lippincott Award Jury are: Laurel M. Bliss, San Diego State University Library; Christopher J. Cronin, University of Chicago Library; Trevor A. Dawes, Princeton University Library; Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr., Ferguson Library; Dr. Larry L. Hardesty, Retired, Kearny, Neb.

The Lippincott Award will be presented at the ALA Award Ceremony and Reception, prior to the Inaugural Banquet, on Tuesday, July 14, during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The deadline for submission of applications for the 2010 Joseph W. Lippincott Award is Dec. 1. Guidelines and application forms are available on the ALA Web site:Â