Madeline Kelly Wins Jan Merrill-Oldham Grant

From the PADG listserv, 2/5/2014:

Madeline Kelly is the 2014 recipient of the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Travel Grant. The grant, consisting of a $1,250 cash award donated by the Library Binding Institute, will support Madeline’s attendance at ALA Annual in Las Vegas. The grant is awarded by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section to provide librarians and para-professionals new to the preservation field with the opportunity to attend the ALA Annual Conference and to encourage professional development through active participation at the national level.

Madeline received her MLIS from Simmons College in 2012. She currently works as Collection Development Support Specialist at George Mason University, where she has been proactively growing her preservation knowledge while increasingly taking on preservation responsibilities. Madeline looks forward to connecting with the ALA preservation community in support of her professional development and her efforts to help George Mason University develop their preservation program.

The award citation will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the ALA Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 28, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Anne Kenney wins Atkinson Memorial Award

From the ALA newsroom:

CHICAGO — Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, has been named the 2014 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Kenney will receive a cash award and citation during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

“The nomination for Anne R. Kenney presented the committee with an extraordinary tour of innovative achievements and service to the profession,” said Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair and director at Design Think Do. “Anne’s leadership on significant projects, such as 2CUL, arXiv, Project Euclid and Making of America;her influential work on large-scale digitization and digital preservation standards and her global contributions in Myanmar, Cuba, China and beyond demonstrates her outstanding creativity, agility, risk-taking and collaborative spirit.”

KenneyAnne2-12“Anne’s peers describe her as a ‘fearless visionary,’ ‘a thoughtful, intellectual leader’ and a ‘digital library pioneer;’ noting that ‘Hugh Atkinson himself would be proud’ to call her a colleague,” continued Thomas. “Several colleagues who knew Hugh Atkinson shared examples of how ‘Anne Kenney brings Hugh’s spirit of technology-harnessing, tradition-busting leadership – with an additional dash of adventure as well.’ She inspires and generates enthusiasm for new programs and strategies and thrives to bring individuals together around a shared purpose.”

Kenney received her B.A. from Duke University, cum laude, her M.A. in History, with distinction, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her M.A.L.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Hugh C. Atkinson Award is jointly sponsored by four divisions of the American Library Association: the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The award is funded from an endowment established to honor Hugh C. Atkinson.

Tom Clareson Wins Cunha/Swartzburg Award

From the ALA newsroom:

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services’ (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section Committee for the Hollinger Metal Edge sponsored George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award has selected Thomas F. R. Clareson as the 2014 recipient. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 28, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Tom ClaresonMr. Clareson has served as the LYRASIS Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services since 2009.  Previous to his time at LYRASIS, he was the Program Director for New Initiatives for PALINET, and the Imaging and Preservation Services Manager for Amigos Library Services.  In addition to his work as a preservation consultant, he has taught preservation courses at the University of Texas, University of California Los Angeles, and Kent State University graduate Library school programs as well as countless continuing education courses on preservation topics through Amigos, OCLC, PALINET, LYRASIS, the American Library Association, SAA, and AASLH.

As a leader in the field of preservation, Mr. Clareson has served as an advocate for collaborative preservation through nationally renowned efforts. These efforts include working with the Heritage Preservation Alliance for Response Program where he was a crucial advocate since its inception in 2003; the Institute for Museums and Libraries Connecting to Collections Program in which he worked on 17 planning grants and six statewide implementation grants all created for the purposes of collaborative preservation; the California Preservation Program (CPP) in which he served as the lead facilitator and organizer during the development stages.  Mr. Clareson is also seen as a “cross pollinator” where he brings institutions and organizations together to share experiences and knowledge. In addition, Mr. Clareson has been an active member of PARS for a number of years and has served as chair of various committees, taskforces, and elected positions. 

Established in 2007, the award honors the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation. The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals.

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.


Demonstrating disaster recovery techniques at the New Jersey State Archives.

Demonstrating disaster recovery techniques at the New Jersey State Archives.


Nominations Sought for ALCTS Awards

Please consider making nominations for 2014 ALCTS Awards:

Innovation awards

Publications awards

Preservation awards

Includes the Banks/Harris Preservation Award, the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award, and the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant.  

Recognition awards

Continuing Resources/serials awards

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement award

HP Image Permancence Award To Nora Kennedy

From today’s Conservation Distlist, Inst. 25:32, edited for length.

2011 HP Image Permanence Award

Congratulations to Nora Kennedy, Sherman Fairchild Conservator of
Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 2011 recipient
of the HP Image Permanence Award. This award is given by the Society
for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) in partnership with the
International Institute for Conservation (IIC) and is sponsored by
the Hewlett-Packard Company.

Nora is specifically being recognized for her outstanding
contributions that advance the longevity of photographic and fine
art images created via modern digital methods in the form of her
co-leadership with Debra Hess Norris in organizing the Mellon
Sponsored Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation, the
creation and distribution of digital sample book for two of the
workshops and for leading the creation of the Photograph Information
Record (PIR). Since any single digital print process can change in
behavior from generation to generation in only a few years, the PIR
is an important link between the object and the actual materials
that produced it.

Nora’s willingness to engage contemporary artists in discussion
regarding materials choices, exhibition and mounting (all related to
preservation) as well as the general care of photographs including
digital prints was also noted by the awards committee.

The PCAN Editors would like to express our congratulations to Nora for a job well done!

Deadline Fast Approaching for ALA-ALCTS Awards

December 1st is the deadline for nominating or applying to several ALA-ALCTS Awards. If you are nominating someone or applying yourself, be sure to get your documents into the committee chairs ASAP!

You can find more awards at the ALCTS main awards page, the following are more preservation-related.

Jan Merrill-Oldham Travel Grant (for newer professionals)

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

Geroge Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award (cooperative projects)



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!