News Release: Second LBI Cunha/Swartzburg award to Russell

CHICAGO – Ann Russell is the winner of the second annual LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award. The Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of ALCTS will present the award on Sunday, July 12th, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2009 American Library Association meeting in Chicago, IL.  The Cunha/Swartzburg Award is sponsored by LBI: The Library Binding Institute and includes a $1,250 grant and citation.
Established in 2007, the award honors the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation. The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals.
Ms. Russell, the recently retired Director of the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)  in Andover, MA, is being presented with this honor in recognition of her advocacy of and contributions to cooperative preservation during her  thirty year tenure in the field of library preservation.  Ann’s vision and leadership were the driving force behind NEDCC’s growth and influence in the field of preservation and conservation education and training.   From the creation of the School for Scanning, to work as a founding member of the Regional Alliance for Preservation, Ann has been at the heart of numerous national and international initiatives. NEDCC workshops have been offered all over the US, and in Cuba, South Africa and Russia. In addition to her comprehensive and effective impact on collaborative preservation over the past three decades,  Ann’s collaborative vision and outstanding leadership have strengthened preservation knowledge, practice, and awareness of tens of thousands of staff in libraries, archives, and museums around the world.
The Association for Library Collections & 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.