Olivia Madison honored with Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

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Olivia M. A. Madison, Dean of the Library at Iowa State University, has been awarded the 2014 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The award honors the legacy of Ross Atkinson, a distinguished library leader, author and scholar, whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community at-large serves as a model for those who have come after.

A member of both associations since 1980, Madison is the chair of the ALCTS Advocacy and Policy Committee and in 2013 was elected Councilor-at Large of the ALA Council. Her other ALCTS roles have included Chair of Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access and Chair of the ALCTS Budget and Finance Committee.  Olivia served as ALCTS President in 2003 and represented the United States on the International Federation of Library Associations and Federations (IFLA) on IFLA Cataloguing Section’s Standing Committee, which she chaired for two years and served on the Coordinating Board of the Division of Bibliographic Control.  She has written and presented extensively, edited three books, written more than 25 journal articles, and presented papers at professional meetings. Madison’s scholarship reflects engagement in the fields of cataloging, technical services, and librarianship as a whole.  Her research efforts have been collaborative, and of great impact.

Madison was involved in the development of the bibliographic data model presented in IFLA's Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR).  This in turn became the impetus for the Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative, the development study to create a post-MARC environment for the communication of bibliographic data for libraries and other cultural institutions. 

The Award Jury recognized that Madison’s research is shaping how library data will be recorded, presented, and stored in the future. In 2010, she was honored by her colleagues for her contributions to the profession with one of ALCTS' most prestigious awards, the Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding achievement in cataloging or classification.  She is an invited member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and largest honor society for all academic disciplines.

The Atkinson award, accompanied by a $3,000 check and sponsored by EBSCO, will be presented on Saturday, June 28, 2014, during the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Madison’s other national leadership roles include service on the Board of Directors of the Association for Research Libraries (ARL) since 2012, and on the Board of Directors Greater Western Library Alliance since 2010.  In 2011 Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad appointed her an Iowa commissioner to the Midwest Higher Education Compact (MHEC) and reappointed her in 2013 – in addition she serves on the MHEC Executive Committee.

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