Wake Forest Z. Smith Reynolds Library staff portraits, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Lauren Corbett.

HARRASSOWITZ award to Lauren Corbett

ALA News reports that “the Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Lauren Corbett, Director, Resource Services at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, to receive the 2018 HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. The award will be presented on June 23 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, La.

The award, sponsored annually by HARRASSOWITZ and named in honor of Dr. Knut Dorn, longtime senior managing partner at HARRASSOWITZ, is given to a librarian to recognize outstanding leadership and other contributions in the field of acquisitions and includes a $1,500 monetary award and a citation.

Corbett has had a distinguished career working in the areas of library acquisitions and collection development. She has held increasingly responsible positions at Queens College, Old Dominion University, Emory University and most recently, Wake Forest University, where she is the senior manager in charge of the entire technical services realm.

Throughout her career, Corbett has been active in professional service work at every level–state, regional and national. She has been a major force in the acquisitions arena, having served in leadership roles in several important organizations including ALCTS, NASIG and the Charleston Conference.  Of particular note, she led the way for the establishment the Outstanding Collaboration Citation award granted by ALCTS.

Corbett served as chair of the Acquisitions Section (AS) of ALCTS and is currently the chair of the ALCTS Advocacy and Policy Committee. She has served in numerous other capacities with ALCTS and NASIG, which has garnered her a reputation for being a dependable and dedicated member of the acquisitions community. In 1998, she was the winner of the First Step Award, a Wiley Professional Development Grant…”


Mary Case, University librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago

In addition, ALA News notes that “the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is pleased to name Mary Case, university librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as the 2018 recipient of the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors the memory of Ross Atkinson, a distinguished library leader, author and scholar whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community-at-large serves as a model for those in the field. The citation and monetary award, generously sponsored by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on June 23, 2018, during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, La.

Mary Case’s exceptional career spans over 30 years beginning as a serials cataloger at Northwestern University and subsequent head of the department. She later became head of Serials and Acquisition Services at Northwestern and Director of Program Review and Special Projects. In 1996, she moved to the Association of Research Libraries as the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication, a post she held until 2004. Mary has served as University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2004…

Her extensive service to ALCTS includes elected and appointed positions including President-Elect, President and Past-President, director at large on the ALCTS Board of Directors, chair of the Serials Section (now Continuing Resources), chair of the ALCTS Nominating Committee, chair of the Publishing Review Task Group, and member of the Executive Director Search Committee. During her Presidency, ALCTS engaged in a self-examination, Re-Shaping ALCTS, which sought to re-define the association, expanded continuing education to online offerings, re-structured the Education Committee to become the Continuing Education Committee, and launched Preservation Week, the nationally recognized initiative to bring attention to the need to preserve personal cultural heritage.

Mary’s record of service to other organizations is without parallel. For ARL, she has served as President, chair of the Finance Committee, Membership Committee, Financial Strategies Task Force and Fair Use Working Group. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Chicago Collection, an organization of libraries, museums and archives that collaborate to preserve and share the history and culture of the Chicago region, serving as chair of the Board of Directors, Vice-President and Principal Investigator for an Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant. She is currently chair of the Greater Western Library Alliance, has served on its Board of Directors, is chair of CARLI, an Illinois consortium of academic libraries and is immediate past chair of the Council of Deans of the State University Libraries of Illinois.

She has published extensively, most notably in the area of scholarly communication in which she is widely considered an expert and continues to promote scholarly communication as a fundamental aspect of libraries. A much sought-after presenter and conference organizer, Mary most recently keynoted ELUNA and the President’s Program at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Mary has received numerous honors including an ALCTS Honors citation in 2015 for outstanding continuous service to ALCTS, the ALA David Clift Scholarship and a Beta Phi Mu Award for Outstanding Achievement. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu. She holds a B.A. degree in English, an M.A. in speech communication and an A.M.L.S. degree from the University of Michigan…”