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Kresge Receives NETSL Award

On Friday, April 20, Linda Kresge, Associate Head of Technical Services in the Harvard College Library, received the newly established New England Technical Services Librarians (NETSL) Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services. The award recognizes and honors significant New England-based contributions to the field of library technical services. Nominees must meet criteria in at least one of four fields:

  • leadership in professional associations;
  • contributions to the development, application, or utilization of new or improved formats, methods, techniques, and routines;
  • contribution to professional literature; or

Kresge, who was nominated secretly by colleagues here at Harvard and by former colleagues at Bowdoin College, was described by John DeSantis, NETSL president and award presenter, as having exemplified leadership in the field of library technical services. "You have worked tirelessly," DeSantis said, "to develop technical services communities that emphasize team-building, cross-training, and staff empowerment."

Among the achievements that qualified her for the award, DeSantis listed the presentations Kresge has given at NETSL, NELINET, and NELA conferences, as well as those on collection development, electronic serials selection, technical services in the 90s, managing a special collections retrospective conversion project, and electronic ordering for state, regional, and national professional associations.

"It never occurred to me that I might ever be a recipient of this award," Kresge said in her remarks. "And I may never recover from the shock. I am so honored! Everything I have learned in technical services, all the dreams and accomplishments I've had the privilege to be part of, I owe to my dear, former colleagues at Bowdoin College and to all those who have welcomed and nurtured me at Harvard."

"We are delighted that Lynda has received the first NETSL Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services," said Jeffrey Horrell, Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Collections, "for her many contributions to professional association work in New England and nationally, as well as her accomplishments at Bowdoin and now in the Harvard College Library. We are fortunate to have her as a colleague."

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