(Beth Denker, Rose Nelson, and George Machovec)
Beth Denker, George Machovec, and Rose Nelson of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries have been named the 2020 recipients of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Denker is the e-resource licensing and administrative manager, Machovec is the executive director, and Nelson is the assistant director. The team will receive a cash award and citation during a LITA event at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
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.
“Together, Denker, Machovec, and Nelson exemplify the spirit of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award through their outstanding contributions toward the improvement of library services,” said Holly Tomren, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award committee chair and head of metadata strategy and digitization services at Temple University. “Their collaborative and innovative work in library automation has had a broad impact on the library profession beyond the Rocky Mountain region, particularly in the development of Gold Rush, a collection assessment and electronic resource management system used by libraries nationally and internationally.”
“The Alliance leadership has also piloted a creative and forward-thinking program to implement interlibrary loan for streaming video through their SILLVR project,” continued Tomren. “Additionally, Denker, Machovec, and Nelson together provide a model for consortium management in their delivery of patron-centered library services and efficient library systems, including their Prospector union catalog, transformative licensing agreements for electronic resources, shared print initiatives, interlibrary loan services, and professional development opportunities for their members.”
Denker received her M.L.S. from Emporia State University, Machovec received his M.L.S. from the University of Arizona, and Nelson received her M.L.I.S. from Emporia State University.
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.
For more information regarding the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.