Recognize your younger professionals in tech services

In 2009, I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Esther J. Piercy award. It was a tremendous honour, but more than that, it felt wonderful to be recognized by my peers. That they felt I had the drive and dedication to contribute to the field in the years to come is truly the best support and encouragement you can receive from your colleagues.

Do you know a younger professional who is really making a difference? Can you see that individual having a long-term impact on our profession? If so, please take the time to nominate them for this award.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for professional achievement. One of these awards is the Esther J. Piercy Award.

The Esther J. Piercy Award is targeted toward newer members of our professional specialties, including collection development and management; acquisitions; bibliographic organization, cataloging, and metadata; serials/continuing resources; and preservation and digitization, and related emerging areas.

The Piercy Award, a $1,500 grant and citation donated by YBP, Inc., recognizes contributions to library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than 10 years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership. Winners will be chosen based on accomplishments related to technical services and resources in such areas as: leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or national level; contributions to the development, application or utilization of new or improved methods, techniques and routines; significant contribution to professional literature; and conduct of studies or research in the technical services.

Send nominations, including a statement giving the reasons for nomination, the date your nominee entered his or her first professional position, and the nominee’s resume or narrative career outline, along with supporting documents, to:

Carolynne Myall, chair, Piercy Jury,

Visit the Piercy Award page for more information.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

Documents in electronic format, sent to the chair as email attachments, are preferred. If this is not possible, nominators may send printed materials to the chair at the address below.

Nominating a colleague for the Piercy Award is a great way of recognizing the contributions of someone who has joined our profession during the last ten years. The Piercy Jury hopes to have a challenging assignment in choosing one among many worthy nominees.

The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is Dec. 1, 2010.


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