Kate Harcourt, Director of Original and Special Materials Cataloging at Columbia University Libraries, has received the 2010 Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Presidential Citation. The award was presented during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington D.C. at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 27, 2010.
The Presidential Citation honors ALCTS members who make significant contributions to the association and to the profession. The award is in recognition of Harcourt’s leadership and guidance as chair of the ALCTS Implementation Task Group on the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control.
Kate Harcourt received her M.S. in Library Science from Simmons in 1980 and began her career at Columbia in 1980 as the Assistant Head of Cataloging with Copy. She has also served as Assistant for NOTIS Projects, Head of Database Maintenance, Head of Serials Acquisitions Services and is presently the Director of Original and Special Materials Cataloging. She has served on or chaired numerous committees in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.
Five Presidential Citations were awarded this year. The award has been given annually since 2002.
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services. Areas of concentration of ALCTS members include acquisition, cataloging, collection development, preservation, and archiving of all library materials in all formats as well as serial collection management. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.
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 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.