DUBLIN, Ohio, July 11, 2014—OCLC Research has been awarded the Presidential Citation of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services for outstanding service to ALCTS in the report, ‘Understanding the Collective Collection: Towards a System-wide Perspective on Library Print Collections.'
OCLC Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist Lorcan Dempsey and Program Officer Constance Malpas accepted the award at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
The ALCTS Presidential Citation recognizes distinguished achievement by a member or members. These special awards honor ALCTS members who make significant contributions to the association and to the profession but whose accomplishments do not fall within the criteria for other ALCTS awards.
"Once again, OCLC Research has demonstrated its keen ability to bring together the profession's best thinkers in service to addressing complex issues facing libraries," states the Presidential Citation. "OCLC Research staff are commended for their continuing efforts to support the community with the rigorous analyses needed to make informed and intelligent shared-print decisions. ‘Understanding the Collective Collection' will long stand as a landmark work in the field."
Mr. Dempsey, an ALCTS member, characterized the award as an acknowledgement of the important work that OCLC Research has done for the community in providing a quantitative, analytic, system-wide view of library collections that is covered in the report.
"We are honored to be recognized by our colleagues associated with ALCTS," said Mr. Dempsey. "This body of work has established an evidence base that has allowed and encouraged libraries to begin the shift from local provisioning of library collections and services to increased reliance on cooperative infrastructure, collective collections, shared technology platforms, and ‘above-the-institution' management strategies."
ALCTS is the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association. ALCTS enjoys a rich, 55+-year history of service to its members and continues to improve the products and services it offers its members. With strategic and tactical plans firmly in place, ALCTS has a solid foundation from which to expand its influence.
Comprised of nearly 4,000 members from across the United States and 42 countries from around the globe, ALCTS is the premier resource for information specialists in collection development, preservation, and technical services. We are the leader in the development of principles, standards, and best practices for creating, collecting, organizing, delivering, and preserving information resources in all forms.
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 74,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat.org on the Web. For more information, visit the OCLC website.
OCLC Research is one of the world's leading centers devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries in a rapidly changing information technology environment. Research staff work with the community to collaboratively identify problems and opportunities, prototype and test solutions, and share findings through publications and presentations. For more information, visit the OCLC Research website.