Sidney Berger-1The American Library Association (ALA) proudly acknowledges Sidney E. Berger as winner of the 2015 ABC-CLIO Award for the Best Book in Library Literature for “Rare Books and Special Collections,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman. This award recognizes books that assist library professionals or information specialists in areas of management, technique and education.

Sidney Berger holds an MS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds an MA in English and a PhD in Medieval English Literature and Bibliography, both from the University of Iowa. He was the Ann C. Pingree director of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, until October 2014.  He continues to work with the museum as Director Emeritus.

“Rare Books and Special Collections” provides a broad, yet comprehensive examination of the foundations and practices that are integral to rare books and special collections librarianship. The book was selected as the award winner for its in-depth overview style that effectively captures and discusses the key elements of rare books and special collections principles and management in one volume. A result of years of acquired knowledge and experience, Berger’s work supplies a body of knowledge that covers diverse, yet fundamental areas, including explorations of key attributes and elements of physical collections, management philosophy and legal issues. Berger’s detailed, yet accessible prose, accompanied by thorough research and extensive notes as well as the strategic use of illustrations makes this book an invaluable work for rare books and special collections librarians, as well as those that manage institutions that maintain such collections…

Jeanne Drewes, chief of the Binding and Collections Care Division of the Library of Congress, is the recipient of the 2015 PaulJeanne Drewes, Chief of Binding and Colelctions Care Division, in the Adams Building, Feb. 27, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller. Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, given annually by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS). The award, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P., consists of $1,500 and a citation. The award recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation of library materials. The award will be presented on June 27 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exposition in San Francisco.

The Library of Congress’ policy states that their employees must avoid even indirect financial interests that conflict or appear to conflict with their assigned professional duties and responsibilities. Therefore, Drewes will not accept the monetary part of the award. Preservation Technologies, however, has decided to increase their generous support for Preservation Week by $1,500 this year in recognition of Jeanne’s accomplishments.

Drewes received her BA in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and her MLS from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was a Mellon Intern for Preservation Administration at Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan from 1992 to 1993 and has remained in preservation ever since. She has been chief of Binding and Collections Care at the Library of Congress since 2006, where she has developed new and innovative processes to manage longstanding collections management issues and has developed the Family Treasures website.

According ot KnowledgeSpeak “the Wellcome Trust has announced the appointment of Eliza Manningham-Buller as the Trust’s Chair-elect. Baroness Manningham-Buller, who is currently a Governor of the Wellcome Trust, will succeed Sir William Castell as Chair when he retires from the role on October 1, 2015. She was appointed following an open recruitment process, and will be the first woman to chair the Wellcome Trust.

Eliza Manningham-Buller was Director-General of the UK Security Service (MI5) between 2002 and 2007, leading the service through significant change. She was made a life peer in 2008, and sits on the cross benches in the House of Lords where she is a member of the Science and Technology Committee. She is a Lady Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and a Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath, and gave the BBC Reith Lectures in 2011.

She is Chair of the Council of Imperial College London, and a non-executive director of Ark Data Centres. She will stand down from both roles in May…