Jim Neal Named Melvil Dewey Medal Award Recipient

(NEW YORK, May 14, 2009) Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, has been chosen to receive the American Library Association’s 2009 Melvil Dewey Medal Award, sponsored by OCLC. This prestigious professional honor given in recognition of creative leadership of high order is named after Melvil Dewey who was actively interested in library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.

The American Library Association made the announcement May 7. For more information, read the press release here: www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/may2009/govdewey.cfm

The 2009 Melvil Dewey Award will be presented at the ALA Award Ceremony and Reception Tuesday, July 14, during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

05/14/09 LMK