2014 GODORT Award Winners

James Bennett Childs Award

Susan E. Tulis, recipient of the 2014 James Bennett Childs AwardThe 2014 James Bennett Childs Award is awarded to Susan E. Tulis. This award honors a person who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents and their use in libraries.

The many letters received in support of Susan’s nomination describe the valuable contributions she has made to the profession through publishing, service and leadership. Susan’s work editing the Shipping List, her numerous articles and book chapters, and her editorial leadership on DttP and the Directory of Government Document Collections and Librarians continue to make an impact.

Susan has an extraordinary record of professional service at the state and national levels, including a remarkable three term tenure on the Depository Library Council. She has been active in AALL and MAGERT and especially in GODORT, where she has served on several committees and in many capacities, including GODORT Chair.

In the nomination materials, Susan’s colleagues describe the knowledge, energy, and leadership skills that she has generously shared throughout her career. Her work as the Assistant Washington Affairs Representative and her participation in the DuPont Circle Conference and the Chicago Conference demonstrate her exceptional skills leading and organizing others to get the job done.

Throughout her career Susan has been a tireless advocate for public access to government information and her knowledge, collegiality and leadership have inspired a great many. To quote from one of her letters of support “Susan Tulis has shown us all the impact one person can have when they are dedicated to librarianship, believe passionately in a cause, and provide strong leadership in service to the profession and the public.”

ProQuest/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award

Andrea M. Morrison, recipient of the 2014 ProQuest/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People AwardThe 2014 ProQuest/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award is awarded to Andrea M. Morrison for her leadership nationally in ALA and GODORT and at the state level in the Indiana Library Federation and in the state documents organization, Indiana Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations (INDIGO). It is also awarded to recognize her noteworthy publications and role as a library school educator. Taken together, her varied contributions have encouraged the use of government documents or information in support of library service which is the purpose of this award.

Andrea has served in a variety of leadership roles including Chair of GODORT and ALA Councilor. As Chair of the GODORT Publications Committee she was instrumental in creating the Occasional Papers series which has become an important publishing venue for government information issues. She also fostered GODORT’s electronic publishing initiatives and helped to transition DTTP to a peer-reviewed journal. As Coordinator of the International Documents Task Force (IDTF) she helped to develop the Toolbox for Processing and Cataloging International Government Documents which is included in the Library of Congresses’ Catalogers Desktop database.

Other projects include her development and editing of Managing Electronic Government Information in Libraries: Issues and Practices, 2008 and co-authorship of International Government Information and Country Information: A Subject Guide, 2004. Both of these books are sponsored by and financially support the mission of GODORT. Andrea is also active at the state level in publishing as she proposed and was editor of a special issue on government information for Indiana Libraries, the journal of the Indiana Library Federation.

As evidence of her expertise, the Government Printing Office asked Andrea to serve as team leader, author, and editor for the Bibliographic Control chapter of the revision of the 1993 Electronic Federal Depository Library Manual which was published in 2008.

Her reputation as an excellent library school instructor at Indiana University, Bloomington, resulted in an invitation to teach the online government publications class at the University of Washington Information School. She is now teaching online government information for both Indiana University and University of Washington with her colleague, Jennifer Morgan, Mauer School of Law, Law Library. Throughout all the nomination letters, her colleagues note Andrea’s approachability, creativity, inclusive mentoring especially of newcomers, and commitment to the profession. With the broad span of her accomplishments throughout the years, it is very clear that Andrea has and continues to encourage the use of government documents and information.

Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award

Marie Concannon, recipient of the 2014 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders AwardMarie Concannon, Regional Librarian for Missouri, is the recipient of the 2014 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award. This award recognizes documents librarians who may not be known at the national level but who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local or federal documents.

This award is presented to Marie for her talent for turning challenges into win-win opportunities that have directly benefitted libraries throughout the state of Missouri. Her leadership and creative collaboration with selective depositories resulted in a distributed Regional and Sub-Regional model whereby other institutions accept regional responsibilities for housing collections and providing service and training. This partnership with six Missouri depository libraries is a key example of how she has worked to strengthen the Missouri depository network, increase public access to collections and ease space concerns at the Regional library.

Her thoughtful, inclusive leadership and vision has engaged and invigorated the depository libraries of Missouri. Multiple letters of support commented on her commitment to providing regular conferences and training along with her gift for making librarians and staff at all experience levels feel supported and their input valued. To quote from one letter “She has a very nice way of being persistent about the value of libraries and library services. She works well with others, and she knows how to focus attention on the right kinds of things.” Marie’s effectiveness as a champion of government information as well as her implementation of an innovative collaborative model of depository partnerships are illustrative of the broad professional contributions that embody the principles of the Hoduski award.

NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Grant

Marianne Ryan, recipient of the 2014 News Bank/Readex GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research GrantMarianne Ryan is the recipient of the 2014 News Bank/Readex GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Grant. The award “provides funding for research in the field of documents librarianship, or in a related area that would benefit the individual’s performance as a documents librarian or make a contribution to the field.”

This award is being presented to support her continued study of the relationship between government information and baseball. As described in the successful proposal, “From baseball’s earliest days, government has had direct or peripheral involvement in the sport, in areas related to but not limited to interstate commerce, civil rights, collective bargaining, stadium construction, and most recently drug testing.” As very little research has addressed this topic, it is hoped that this grant will further this area of scholarship by funding travel and research expenses related to this endeavor. Marianne has a strong, documented history of completed reed research projects and publications related to documents librarianship; There is every confidence that this project, too, will lead to a successful conclusion and serve as a promotion of documents librarianship scholarship and research.

W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship

Stephanie L. Martin, 2014 recipient of the W. David Rozkuszka ScholarshipStephanie L. Martin, a student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is the 2014 recipient of the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship. Stephanie has cultivated and honed her skills as a government information specialist through her graduate assistantship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. Like many government documents professionals, her interest in government information is a product of experiences. For Stephanie, these include: her academic and student work at Knox College, advance academic work and internships at Eastern Illinois University, as well as her employment at the Illinois Regional Archives and Bruce Township Assessor’s Office. As one of her supporters stated, “Stephanie began her pre-professional appointment here with ideal experience”.

Stephanie’s interest and passion exemplify the essence of Government Documents Librarianship and honor the spirit behind the Rozkuszka Scholarship.