HARRASSOWITZ Award to Michael Levine-Clark

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/24/2015


Christine McConnell

Communication Specialist

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services

312 280 5037


CHICAGO — The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Michael Levine-Clark, associate dean for scholarly communication and collections services and professor at the University of Denver, to receive the 2015 HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. The award will be presented on June 27 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco.

The award, sponsored annually by HARRASSOWITZ and named in honor of Dr. Knut Dorn, longtime senior managing partner at HARRASSOWITZ, is given to a librarian to recognize outstanding leadership and other contributions in the field of acquisitions and includes a $1,500 monetary award and a citation.

Since 2003, Levine-Clark has managed and overseen acquisitions processes at the University of Denver Penrose Library and has made significant contributions in the field of acquisitions librarianship. His contributions to the professional literature and leadership have led him to become internationally known as an expert in the area of print and electronic monographic acquisitions. His leadership on demand-driven acquisitions (DDA) and ebook purchasing models have been particularly influential, and have led to purchasing model developments that have been adopted by other librarians in the field. By successfully implementing a DDA model at his own institution, Levine-Clark has demonstrated that DDA is a viable, credible and evidence-based approach to delivering scholarly content to patrons.

Levine-Clark has written or co-authored twelve refereed articles, six conference proceedings, three books and eight book chapters on a number of important topics in the field, including DDA, collaborative collection development, social sciences citation analysis tools and the use of reviews in selection materials, amongst others. He has also given more than one hundred presentations at regional, national and international conferences, meetings and forums. Many of the presentations have been as an invited speaker. He has also made a significant contribution to acquisitions librarianship through his editorial work.

In additional to his prolific scholarship, Mr. Levine-Clark has also taken on a leadership role within ALCTS. He currently serves as chair for the Collection Management Section and was also directly involved in the ALCTS President’s Symposium event in January 2015.

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.