Libraries’ Andrew to receive highest national honor in library cataloging

by Abelina Barra
February 25, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, has selected Paige G. Andrew, cartographic resources cataloging librarian at the Penn State University Libraries, to receive its 2016 Margaret Mann Citation Award. Andrew will receive the honor for professional achievement in cataloging and valuable contributions to the library profession on Saturday, June 25, during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

A tenured faculty member holding the rank of librarian who has worked at the University Libraries for 21 years, Andrew began his career in 1986 as the maps cataloging librarian at the University of Georgia Library. He is recognized nationally as an authority on cartographic resources cataloging.

“Paige Andrew’s contributions to the fields of librarianship and cartography have long been at the forefront of cataloging cartographic materials, and not the least of which has been his cofounding and co-editorship of the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries: Advances in Geospatial Information, Collections and Archives,” Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, said. “We at the University Libraries are thrilled to see him recognized by his professional peers across the field of cataloging, and continue to support his leadership endeavors in the profession.”

Andrew’s contributions to the field of cartographic resources cataloging efforts impressed the award jury, especially during the establishment and implementation of a new international cataloging standard, Resource Description and Access (RDA). His work as lead author on the book “RDA and Cartographic Resources,” co-authored with Susan M. Moore and Mary Larsgaard and published in 2014, provides a contemporary extension of Andrew’s 2003 maps cataloging book “Cataloging Sheet Maps, the Basics.” This earlier work was written under the auspices of a prior standard, AACR2, which University Libraries Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies Karen Estlund noted remains “the authoritative cataloging guide for map cataloging.” 

The Margaret Mann Citation Award was established by the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section of ALCTS in 1951. ALCTS is responsible for “all matters related with selection, identification, acquisition, organization, management, retrieval, and preservation of recorded knowledge through education, publication and collaboration,” and Section members’ focus is on cataloging and classification of all types of information resources. The award is named for the late Margaret Mann, noted for her significant and longstanding contributions to the science and education of library cataloging and classification.

The award’s jury selects the recipient based on nominees’ notable publications and outstanding contributions to professional cataloging associations; the technical improvement of cataloging and classification; and in the area of teaching cataloging and classification within the last five years. The award recipient is presented with a citation and the opportunity to donate a $2,000 scholarship to a U.S or Canadian library school of his or her choice, provided by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Andrew has chosen to donate the scholarship to his alma mater, the University of Washington’s iSchool, formerly the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

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