Earlier this summer, I had the great honor and pleasure of presenting my former LC colleagues Winston Tabb and Sarah Thomas with awards at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Winston Tabb (dean of university libraries and vice provost for the arts at Johns Hopkins University received the John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award during the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Chair’s Program on June 25, 2007. The award recognized his significant contributions to international librarianship through “leadership in IFLA, where he is the chair of the Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee, in WIPO, and in other international committees, including UNESCO commissions formed to advise the National Libraries of Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Latvia.” Winston arrived for the award presentation directly from a meeting in Nanjing, and left the next week for a meeting in Geneva. Winston and I were both at the World Library and Information Congress (73rd IFLA General Conference and Council) last week (more about that conference next week); I can attest that he was deeply involved throughout the conference in discussions of intellectual property and copyright issues with colleagues from around the world. Winston was actually a double award winner at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference; the day after he received the John Ames Humphry Award, ALA recognized his distinguished service to the profession of librarianship with the Joseph W. Lippincott Award.
I also had the delight of presenting Dr. Sarah Thomas (Bodley’s Librarian and director of university library services at Oxford University) with the Melvil Dewey Medal. Sarah's citation reads “For her extraordinary leadership in the advancement of research libraries in general, and cataloging and bibliographic practices and standards in particular, both nationally and internationally, during a distinguished career spanning more than three decades; for the high order of creative leadership, vision, and diplomacy she demonstrated in conceiving, launching, and nurturing the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, which ushered cooperative cataloging into the 21st century; and for her inspiring vision, relentless determination, and unfailing optimism as a leader in four of the world’s great libraries—the Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, Cornell University and Oxford’s Bodleian Library. In each she used her great appreciation for the past to inform visionary transformations for the future through pioneering efforts such as Project Euclid and DPubS.”
Winston and Sarah are pictured at left (photo courtesy of last year’s Melvil Dewey Medal winner John Byrum). Congratulations to Winston and Sarah!!!