APA Excellence in Librarianship Award: Looking Forward and Back
It's hard for us to believe, but the American Psychological Association's Award for Excellence in Librarianship is now entering its fourth year. It is presented annually at the EBSS Forum at the American Library Association's annual conference—which this year will take place in Washington, DC in June.
The award, which includes a plaque and $2,500, was created to allow APA to celebrate our partnership with information professionals and recognize someone (or, if a team, someones) who has made an outstanding contribution to psychology and behavioral sciences librarianship.
We encourage you to think about those of your colleagues who have made such a contribution. Or, if the shoe fits, to nominate yourself! We'd also appreciate it if you'd pass the word of the award on to students, colleagues, or library users who might know just the person we're looking for.
A description of the award, eligibility information, and instructions on how to apply for the award are available on our web site.
We are proud to review our first three recipients of the award, who really have made outstanding contributions.
Our inaugural recipient back in 2007 was Dr. Mark Stover, Assistant University Librarian for Research Services at San Diego State University.
Among his many achievements, he was one of the 2006–07 recipients of the San Diego State University Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions, editor of Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, former president of the Association of Mental Health Librarians, and a member of the California Academic Research Librarians and the Association of Jewish Libraries.
Mark won the APA award in recognition of his development of San Diego State's Test Finder tool, an electronic database for finding psychosocial tests and measures.
The second recipient, in 2008, was Anne Wade, MLIS, Manager and Information Specialist at the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP), located at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Anne spearheaded the collaborative Inquiry Strategies for the Information Society in the Twenty-First Century, a project to design and develop interactive multimedia to support teachers of information literacy skills and served as Information Retrieval Specialist for both CSLP and the Campbell Collaboration, an international provider of evidenced-based research regarding social welfare, education, and crime and justice. In addition, she has been a Sessional Lecturer, an author, a frequent presenter at a variety of conferences, and a Director on the Board of the Quebec Library Association.
She was nominated for her role in contributing to the growth and success of the CSLP and the excellence of their primary research, research syntheses, and research exchange.
This past year's winner has been a long-time friend to APA: Marietta Plank, MALS.
Throughout her career, Marietta worked in a variety of roles in the academic, private, and public sectors, including library administration, procurement, technical services and automation, cataloging, and indexing. She was the first librarian to serve on APA's Electronic Resources Advisory Committee (ERAC), beginning in 2002, and she was a charter member of the APA Library Advisory Council, begun in 2004.
Marietta received the award not for any one outstanding contribution but for a lifetime of service to the greater library and information industry community, as well as her leadership and influence at APA.
We look forward to greeting our 2010 award winner! Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions or comments at APA Excellence in Librarianship Award.