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Jan Merrill-Oldham wins Ross Atkinson Award

From the PADG listserv:

Jan Merrill-Oldham has won ALA/ALCTS’s Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to library preservation and conservation. Below is the official announcement from the Award Jury:

“Jan Merrill-Oldham has actively worked in the area of preservation since 1975, achieving both a national and international reputation in her field.   Until September 2010, Ms. Merrill-Oldham served as the Malloy-Rabinowitz Preservation Librarian at Harvard University Library, directing the Weismann Preservation Center at Harvard University and the Preservation and Imaging Services Department at Harvard College.

She has participated actively in ALCTS since 1980 with committee appointments ranging from the Legislation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Membership Committee to the ALCTS Board of Directors and the Preservation Microfilming Committee.  Merrill-Oldham has also served in PARS from 1980, where she developed a well-earned reputation as one of the preservation community’s foremost leaders.  Her involvement in PARS includes having served as vice-chair/chair of the Section, chair of the PARS Nominating Committee, chair of the Task Force on Preservation Digitizing, chair of the Task Force to Initiate Further Action on Alkaline Paper Legislation, co-chair of the Photographic and Recording Media Committee, and member of numerous other PARS committees.

Merrill-Oldham has made extensive and substantive contributions to the literature of preservation, including four books “Preservation Program Models: A Study Project and Report,” “Guide to the ANSI/NISO/LIB Library Binding Standard,” “Guide to the Library Binding Institute Standard for Library Binding,” “Conservation and Preservation of Library Materials,” chapters in numerous other books on preservation, conference proceedings, and articles in domestic and international journals.  Her presentations on preservation at conferences, meetings, and workshops read like a travelogue ranging from Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco to Quebec, Ontario, The Hague, Stockholm, and Uppsala.

She is a recipient of two major ALCTS awards, the 1990 Esther J. Piercy Award and the 2004 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award.

In making our choice, the Jury also uses the award not only to honor a worthy candidate, but to mark this as a time to highlight the importance of preservation, both of traditional materials and of the new digital materials being created today.”

The award will be presented at ALA Annual’s awards banquet on June 28, 2011 in New Orleans.

The PCAN editors would like to congratulate Jan for her lifetime of work and dedication to the field. She has been a mentor, teacher and supporter of young preservation professionals for a very long time and has contributed to the success of so many of us in the field today. Hip Hip Hurrah!


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  1. […] new professional development grant named in honor of Jan Merrill-Oldham has recently been approved by the Association of Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and […]

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