Blackwell’s Scholarship Award honors Blake and Samples

Contact: Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS



For Immediate Release,

February 23, 2010

CHICAGO-The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has presented the Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for 2010 to Kristen Blake and Jacquie Samples for their article "Creating Organization Name Authority within an Electronic Resources Management System,” published in Library Resources & Technical Services, volume 53, issue 2, April 2009, pages 94-107.

The Blackwell’s Scholarship Award honors the author of the year’s outstanding monograph or article in the field of acquisitions, collection development and related areas of resources development in libraries. The award will be presented on Sunday, June 27, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The article explores the need for name authority control within E-Matrix, the locally developed electronic resources management (ERM) system at North Carolina State University, and includes a review of practices across the academic library and vendor communities, strategies for data evaluation, best practices and challenges in implementation. Librarians at NCSU realized that such standardization was necessary to enhance collection intelligence by improving the methods for collecting, tracking, reporting; and analyzing of data. The authors describe and include examples and illustrations of NCSU’s design and workflow for conducting name authority work in E-Matrix. Findings confirm that imposing name authority control on the organization name data within an ERM leads to greater precision and comprehensiveness in reporting and collection analysis efforts, which results in more accurate and cleaner data. The authors’ research also demonstrated that opportunities exist for future research, collaboration, and enhancement of the original project.

YBP/Blackwell donates a $2,000 scholarship to the U.S. or Canadian library school of the winning author’s choice. The authors have designated that the scholarship be split between the I-School at Syracuse University and the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa.

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.