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Banks/Harris Award recipient

From: Rebecca Ryder <rjryde01<-a>
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2008
The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
(ALCTS) is pleased to announce that Janet Gertz is the winner of the
2008 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award. The award
will be presented on Sunday, June 29, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony
during the 2008 American Library Association meeting in Anaheim,

The award, consisting of $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by
Preservation Technologies, L. P., recognizes the contribution of a
professional preservation specialist who has been active in the
field of preservation and/or conservation for library and /or
archival materials. The Banks/ Harris Preservation Award honors the
memories of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library
preservation, teachers and mentors for many in the field of

Janet Gertz, an internationally recognized leader in library
preservation, has served as director of preservation at Columbia
University for two decades, where she has developed a highly
respected preservation program that has advanced a research agenda
as well as maintained and protected Columbia's priceless assets.

As a member of ALCTS' Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS),
Gertz has served as PARS chair and chair or co-chair of 10 other
committees, discussion groups and task forces and participated as a
member in many more. She has served on committees and panels for the
Center for Research Libraries (CRL), The Commission on Preservation
and Access, the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the Northeast
Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), the National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH), the Research Libraries Group (RLG), the Society of
American Archivists (SAA) and SOLINET.

A frequent presenter at national and international conferences and
workshops, Gertz speaks with authority on a wide variety of
preservation topics, from those from the traditional preservation
canon, such as disaster preparedness, commercial binding,
preservation microfilming and vendor contracts, to those fast
developing "hot topics," such as digital preservation, audio
preservation, preservation metadata and large-scale mass

She has been an outstanding mentor to numerous people within
preservation, both formally as a sponsor of the Mellon intern
project and informally as a generous resource for new professionals
in the field. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Palmer School
of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, and she
also has served as a guest lecturer at Rutgers' Preservation
Management Institute and at Queen's College.

Gertz has contributed significantly to preservation research and
literature by publishing in Library Resources and Technical Services
(LRTS), Microform and Imaging Review, Cataloging and Classification
Quarterly, College and Research Libraries, Fontes Artis Musica and
the Geoscience Information Society's Proceedings. A chapter, "Vendor
Relations," written by Janet is included in NEDCC's Handbook for
Digital Projects: A Management Tool for Preservation and Access.

An outstanding mentor, advocate, practitioner, author and leader,
her contributions to the preservation community have been
accomplished with great expertise, verve, generosity and humor.

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
(ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who
work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions,
cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing
resources in digital and print formats.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.

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