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Cornell University’s Anne R. Kenney Wins ALA's Hugh C. Atkinson Award

Anne R. Kenney, Cornell University’s Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, won the American Library Association's Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, the Association of College & Research Libraries (A.C.R.L.), a division of the ALA, announced on February 11, 2014. Ms. Kenney will receive a cash award and citation during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas.

The Atkinson Award recognizes the accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions to improve library services or to library development or research. Frst presented in 1988, the award is sponsored by the ACRL, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (A.L.C.T.S.), the Library Leadership and Management Association (L.L.A.M.A.), and the Library and Information Technology Association (L.I.T.A.).

“Anne has made significant contributions to Cornell University Library since she arrived nearly 30 years ago,” said Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs told Gwen Glazer in a Cornell announcement. “She has led during a period of change and growth that has made Cornell a pioneer in digitization, access, preservation and deep institutional collaboration. We’re fortunate to have her clear vision and strong leadership at the library during this transformative time.”

“Anne’s peers describe her as a ‘fearless visionary,’ ‘a thoughtful, intellectual leader’ and a ‘digital library pioneer,’ noting that ‘Hugh Atkinson himself would be proud’ to call her a colleague,” said Lisa Carlucci Thomas, Atkinson Memorial Award Committee Chair. “Several colleagues who knew Hugh Atkinson shared examples of how ‘Anne Kenney brings Hugh’s spirit of technology-harnessing, tradition-busting leadership – with an additional dash of adventure as well.’”

Ms. Kenney’s areas of research and expertise include digital imaging, digital preservation, public services, users’ information-seeking behavior, and collaborative models. Active in the archival and preservation communities, Ms. Kenney is a fellow and past president of the Society of American Archivists (S.A.A.).

She also works with the Association of Research Libraries, currently as a member of its membership committee and previously as a member of its board of directors 2010-13. She was chair of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission Executive Committee and a member of the National Science Foundation’s Working Group on Digital Preservation.

Ms. Kenney is known internationally for her pioneering work in developing standards for digitizing library materials that have been adopted by organizations around the world, including JSTOR, the Scholarly Journal Archive. The co-author of three award-winning monographs and more than fifty articles and reports, she has received numerous awards, led continuing education programs in digital imaging and digital preservation that attracted participants from around the globe, and has given invited talks on every continent except Antarctica.

In 1987, she came to Cornell University Library. Until 2001, she served as Associate Director for the Department of Preservation & Conservation.

From 2002 to 2006, she was Associate University Librarian for Instruction, Research and Information Services. In April of 2008, she was appointed Carl A. Kroch University Librarian.

Ms. Kenney received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1972, a master’s degree in history from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, in 1975, and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1979.

Hugh Craig Atkinson (1933-1986) was an important figure in the field of library automation. He served as Director of Libraries at The Ohio State University from 1971 to 1976 and at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1976 to 1986.

In 1999, he appeared on the American Libraries list of the 100 most important 20th Century librarians. Atkinson was born in Chicago and earned degrees in accounting at St. Benedict’s College (now Benedictine University) and library science at The University of Chicago. Over the course of his career, he worked at libraries of The University of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Military College, the State University of New York at Buffalo, The Ohio State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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