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ALCTS Announces Margaret Mann Citation Recipient


 

Judith Hopkins, retired Technical Services Research and Analysis Officer
for Central Technical Services at the University at Buffalo, Buffalo,
NY, is the recipient of the 2006 Margaret Mann Citation presented by the
Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS),
Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) of the American Library
Association (ALA).

 

The award is a citation and a $2,000 scholarship donated in the
recipient's honor by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., to the
library school of the winner's choice. It recognizes outstanding
professional achievement in cataloging or classification either through
publication of significant professional literature, participation in
professional cataloging associations, demonstrated excellence in
teaching cataloging, or valuable contributions to the technical
improvement of cataloging and classification and/or the introduction of
a new technique of recognized importance.

 

The Margaret Mann Citation Committee is honored to present this award to
Judith Hopkins in recognition of her contributions to the practice of
cataloging. In particular, the Committee notes her early involvement
with the fledgling OCLC as its first Bibliographic Editor.  It was her
task to explain to computer programmers exactly what displays and what
indexing was needed to move bibliographic information into the computer
age.  Judith Hopkins helped lay the bibliographic foundations of OCLC.
Her concern for communicating the details of descriptions set a standard
of excellence that still permeates OCLC today.  It was the force of her
intellect and knowledge that helped shape the tools that have been of
lasting value to OCLC users.

 

It was also at OCLC that Hopkins began her extensive career as an
educator of catalogers.  She first worked with Ohio librarians to get
them up and running on OCLC using the Marc formats.  She expanded her
reach by teaching in formal classroom settings and giving lectures and
workshops on cataloging.  Hopkins helped shape the generation of
catalogers that have taken bibliographic description from the card file
to the OPAC and out to the Internet.   

 

Judith Hopkins has demonstrated a prolific and committed involvement in
professional association work at regional and national level.  Her
service within ALA encompasses a number of committee assignments and
activities.  She has served both ALCTS and LITA.  Hopkins is well known
for acting as secretary on numerous occasions to provide the minutes of
meetings, especially for the "big heads" meetings during ALA
conferences.  These minutes enabled catalogers across the country to
understand the trends and problems that the largest technical services
departments face.    

 

Judith Hopkins is perhaps most well known and universally praised for
her role as list owner of AUTOCAT, the library cataloging and
authorities discussion group.  Her pioneering work as moderator for
AUTOCAT has set the standard for how a moderator of a professional
discussion list should conduct the business of the list.  Her wide
ranging experience and knowledge, her dedication to both the technique
and the heart of cataloging has made it possible for catalogers around
the world to share the experience of developing their cataloging
expertise.  J. McRee Elrod (a frequent contributor to AUTOCAT) has
observed: "Her impact at the level of actual practitioners is beyond
that of any other individual among us". 

 

The common thread in Judith Hopkins' professional life is her dedication
to communication, to teaching, and to service.  It is to these ends that
her knowledge and expertise has been addressed. The range and depth of
her contributions to promote and advance the art of cataloging and
classification serve as a model for young professionals entering
librarianship.  This is what it means to be truly dedicated to the well
being of libraries and library users.

 

Judith Hopkins holds a master's degree in library science from Graduate
School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

 

The Margaret Mann Citation will be presented Sunday June 25, 2006, at
5:00 p.m. during the ALCTS Awards Ceremony
 
Ann Caldwell
Metadata Specialist
Center for Digital Initiatives
Brown University
401-863-3716
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