Sara Shatford Layne selected for Margaret Mann Citation

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/04/2014


Charles Wilt

Executive Director

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) announces that Sara Shatford Layne is the recipient of the 2014 Margaret Mann Citation presented by its Cataloging and Metadata Management  Section (CaMMS). The Mann Citation will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, June 28, 2014.

The Mann Citation, recognizing outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, includes a $2,000 scholarship donated in the recipient’s honor by OCLC, Inc. to the library school of the winner’s choice. Sara has chosen the Department of Information Studies Program of the University of California, Los Angeles to be the recipient of this year’s scholarship award.

Sara Shatford Layne’s contributions to both the practice and the theory of cataloging are extraordinary.

Her scholarship in cataloging and classification has had a major impact and is exceptionally well-cited.  Her seminal articles on describing and analyzing images have become core texts for library science programs and other disciplines and have become especially relevant in the realm of digital library metadata. She wrote the lead essay in the book "Introduction to Art Image Access."  Her writing on improving OPAC displays, including the book she co-authored with Martha Yee, "Improving Online Public Access Catalogs," has also been influential.  In addition, she was chosen to write the article on FRBR in the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.

Layne has also made substantial contributions in the realm of cataloging conference proceedings and continuing resources. One of the supporting letters notes that she “has taken on areas of bibliographic control where standards and rules were not well delineated.” The breadth of her achievements as well as the impact is remarkable.

As an adjunct professor at both of the library science programs in California, she has taught and mentored a new generation of catalogers and cataloging scholars.  Her expertise in visual art information has led to invitations to consult from organizations such as the Japanese American National Museum, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the Getty Art History Information Program and the Index of Medieval Medical Images.

She has a long and distinguished record of service to CaMMS, including chair of CCS and of the Policy and Planning Committee, and to ALCTS, including chair of the Planning Committee and service on the Budget and Finance Committee and the Board.  Nominees praised her quiet, strong leadership and her analytical and creative problem solving skills.  Layne retired in June 2013 from UCLA, where she had worked since 1984, most recently as principal cataloger.

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, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.