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Association for Library Collections & Technical Services News

I have three pieces of news from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (A.L.C.T.S.), a division of the American Library Association (A.L.A.). The ALCTS is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources.

First, the ALA announced on Friday, February 28, 2014 that on that day the Board of Trustees of the Williamsburg Regional Library (W.R.L.) in Williamsburg, Virginia had named Interim Director Genevieve S. Owens the new Library Director, effective Saturday, March 1, 2014. Ms. Owens is President of the ALCTS.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kentucky and earned her master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having begun her career at the University of Missouri –St. Louis Libraries and also worked at Bucknell University’s Bertrand Library in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, she joined the staff of the WRL in 1996.

Five years later, in October of 2001, she was promoted to assistant director. She served as interim director since former Director John A. Moorman, a member of the ALA Executive Board, retired in December of 2013.

The Williamsburg Regional Library serves over 85,000 people in the city of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County. It consists of the Williamsburg Library, the James City County Library, and Mobile Library Service vehicles.

For the past six years, the national publication Library Journal has rated the WRL as one of the best public libraries in the U.S. by naming it a Star Library. It is currently a four-star library system.

The Williamsburg Library is located at the Williamsburg Municipal Center. The address is 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. The phone number is (757) 259-4040.

It houses approximately 180,000 volumes and covers 40,000 square feet. Wireless access is available throughout the library. This library offers a theatre, art gallery, and meeting rooms. The Williamsburg Library opened 1973, and was renovated and expanded in 1981 and 1998.

The James City County Library address is 7770 Croaker Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. The phone number is (757) 259-7770.

It covers 35,000 square feet and houses about 150,000 volumes and many behind-the-scenes work areas. The James City County Library features meeting rooms and a computer lab.

Wireless access is available throughout the library. A James City County bond referendum in March of 1994 paid for this library, which opened in July of 1996.

The Mobile Library Services (MLS) Department, a unit of the library Outreach Services Division, delivers regularly scheduled service to residents who are the least able to visit the library. These audiences include children in preschools and childcare centers, youth - of all ages - who have limited ability to get to library buildings from where they live, homebound adults, and residents living in adult care centers. MLS vans deliver books, music, audio books, magazines,and movies; story-times and programs; reference help and advice for readers; computer access to the WRL's catalog, its databases, and the Internet; and free library card registration.

“The Board is extremely pleased to select a library director with Genevieve’s skills and experience,” said Board of Trustees Chair Jean Van Tol. “She is highly respected in her profession, is thoroughly versed in Williamsburg Regional Library operations, and knows our community well.”

Ms. Owens is vice-chair of LEAD Historic Triangle, secretary on Literacy for Life’s Board of Directors, a member and past-president of the Rotary Club of The Historic Triangle and also serves on the United Way of Greater Williamsburg’s Board of Directors. She stated that she is honored to accept the position, noting that the Williamsburg Regional Library has a local, state, and national reputation for excellence.

“I am especially excited about working with the library’s staff members,” she said. “They inform, enrich, and strengthen our community with excellent collections, programs, and services. I’m eager to foster a collaborative workplace, communicate openly and effectively, and lead in a way that helps all of us achieve the best for our users.”

Second, the ALCTS also announced last Friday that Patrick Carr, Assistant Director for Acquisitions & Collection Management at the Joyner Library of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina had won the 2014 Esther J. Piercy Award. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Carr demonstrates a strong record of service to the profession as both a leader and participant in committee work. He is active in organizations such as ALA, ALCTS, NASIG and the North Carolina Library Association. He has demonstrated a strong impact in the area of professional development, regularly contributing to projects and studies as well as producing peer-reviewed articles, presentations and editorial work, including cross-institutional assessments of cost per use for electronic resources and an analysis of the fundamental principles of Ranganathan’s five laws of library science as they relate to emerging library practices (such as Demand-Driven Acquisitions)

Among his contributions to professional literature is the 2008 book Managing the Transition from Print to Electronic Journals and Resources, which he co-edited and for which he also authored two chapters.

Prior to his current position at East Carolina University, Carr served as Head of Electronic & Continuing Resources Acquisitions at East Carolina University and as Serials Librarian at Mississippi State University Libraries. He holds an MLS degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Technical and Professional Discourse at East Carolina University.

Patrick Carr exhibits all the qualities represented by the Esther J. Piercy Award. ALCTS established the Esther J. Piercy Award in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Piercy, editor of Journal of Cataloging and Classification from 1950 to 1956 and of Library Resources & Technical Services from 1957 to 1967. The Piercy Award recognizes the contributions to those areas of librarianship included in library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than ten years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership. The recipient receives a $1,500 grant donated by YPB, Inc., and a citation in recognition of his or her accomplishments.

Third, in related news, the association will have preconferences during this year's ALA Annual Conference. The ALA and ALCTS state, "From Fundamentals of Collection Assessment to Streaming Media, there is a preconference that meets your need. Join your colleagues on Thursday, June 26, and Friday, June 27, for these events." The list of preconferences can be found online.

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