April 8, 1998 John Byrum to Receive Margaret Mann Citation
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John D. Byrum, chief of the Regional and Cooperative Cataloging Division of the Library of Congress, will receive the 1998 Margaret Mann Citation from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association.
The award will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on June 29 at the ALCTS President's Program and Membership Meeting during the ALA Annual Conference, June 25 to July 2 in Washington.
"The Margaret Mann Committee is pleased to award the citation to Mr. Byrum for his sustained leadership in the continuing development of cataloging standards, nationally and internationally," said Carlen Ruschoff, chair of the Margaret Mann Citation Committee.
"Internationally, his notable contributions have been through his work on the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules; International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions [IFLA] committees on various international standard bibliographic descriptions; and other IFLA/UBC [Universal Bibliographic Control] committees. Nationally, he has been deeply involved in efforts toward bibliographic standardization through initiatives such as the Name Authority Cooperative Program and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging."
Established in 1951, the award recognizes outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification, either through publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional cataloging associations or valuable contributions to practice in individual libraries. The award also includes a $2,000 donation from the Online Computer Library Center to the library school of the winner's choice.
"The Mann Citation is the Nobel Prize for catalogers," said Winston Tabb, Associate Librarian for Library Services for the Library of Congress, who will receive the Melvil Dewey medal from ALA this summer.