ATG People in the News 3/1/17

ALA News reports that “Brian E. Coutts, Professor and Head of the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University, was selected as the 2017 winner of the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA’s highest honor, for his distinguished contributions to reference services and the library profession.

Sponsored by Credo Reference, the award consists of $5,000 and a citation, which will be presented to Coutts at the RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

For a career spanning over thirty years, Coutts has established a prominent legacy of reviewing and authoring reference books, essays, and articles, including the annually selected, widely-read and highly valued, “Best Reference” in Library Journal.

Coutts’s research interests include reference publishing for print and web resources, history reference sources, travel on the web, the history of Spanish Louisiana, the history of Belize, and much more. A complete list of published and forthcoming works can be found at http://people.wku.edu/brian.coutts/.

The Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award selection committee unanimously selected Coutts “for his enthusiastic advocacy for reference, his passion for librarianship, and his superb writing and reviewing of reference sources.”

The Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award selection committee includes: Cheryl M. LaGuardia (Chair), M. Kathleen Kern, Rosemary Long Meszaros, Teresa Portilla Omidsalar, and Joseph A. Thompson Jr.

The RUSA Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. All conference attendees are invited to the event. Additional event details will be available on the conference website in April.”


ALA News also reports that Robert Bremer is  the recipient of the 2017 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. Presented by the Continuing Resources Section (CRS) of ALCTS, this award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuest and is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship. The award will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on June 24, 2017, during the 2017 American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

Bremer, senior consulting database specialist at OCLC, has been described as an unsung hero in the serials world. Throughout his long, distinguished career, Bremer has been committed to the goals of cooperative metadata creation. He has been OCLC’s liaison to CONSER since the beginning of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) and has chaired or served on numerous PCC task groups, committees and projects. Robert has also been willing to share his knowledge and expertise with others. Not only has he helped serials catalogers with their day to day jobs, he has worked with and trained many of the database specialists at OCLC in serials cataloging and content designation…”


The American Library Association (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender and Government Documents Round Tables (GLBTRT and GODORT) are proud to announce Lisa Hinchliffe as the first-ever recipient of the Larry Romans Mentorship Award.

The Award’s namesake, Larry Romans, mentored numerous librarians at Vanderbilt University, where he worked for over 30 years. For decades, he was also tremendous leader and mentor in the Tennessee Library Association, providing a positive influence on the association and the careers of innumerable librarians, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in ALA. Of particular note, during his 23 years of service to ALA Council, Larry mentored countless new and veteran councilors.

Hinchliffe’s mentorship at the University of Illinois and in ALA and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has provided support to many generations of library school students and colleagues.  She has a passion and obvious joy in guiding library students and lifting up the profession.  Throughout her career she has sought out opportunities to assist students, from co-authoring papers, including students in presentations, and developing courses and workshops on interviewing and getting the most out of conferences.


Kelly J. Thompson, metadata analyst librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, has been awarded the 2017 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award for the article, “More Than a Name: A Content Analysis of Name Authority Records for Authors Who Self-Identify as Trans,” published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), volume 60, number 3, July 2016, pages 140-155. The Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award is given to the author of the best paper published each year in LRTS, the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The author will receive $250 and a citation in recognition of her work…”

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