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Harvard University Library Notes / March 2006 / No. 1330
Cline Named Hugh Atkinson Award Winner
Nancy M. Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, has
been named the 2006 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award.
Cline will receive a cash award and a citation during the ALA Annual
Conference in New Orleans, at the Association of College and Research
Libraries (ACRL) President's Program on June 26.
Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the
Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant
contributions in the area of library automation or management, and
has made notable improvements in library services or research. "Nancy
Cline is an exceptional leader," said Karen Williams, award
committee chair. "She has the professional knowledge and capacity
to think strategically and to help shape the future, rather than
simply arrive there. She has helped to shape two premier research
libraries at Harvard and Penn State, and a number of professional
organizations including the Association of Research Libraries, JSTOR,
the Research Libraries Group, the Association of American Colleges
and Universities, and the Digital Library Federation.
"Nancy combines an innovative spirit and an understanding
of the power of technology to advance knowledge, teaching, and scholarship
with a deep respect for the traditional values of libraries. She
has demonstrated a joyous commitment to the challenges of librarianship,
a practical acumen in getting things done, and a personal kindliness
and steadfastness that has won her the liking and respect of all
Four divisions of the American Library Association jointly sponsor
the Hugh C. Atkinson Award: ACRL, the Association for Library Collections
and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Administration and Management
Association (LAMA), and the Library and Information Technology Association
(LITA). The award is funded from an endowment established to honor
Hugh C. Atkinson.
"It is an honor to be identified by my colleagues for this
award," said Cline. "Throughout my career I have been
privileged to work with so many people—in libraries, in other
organizations, and in industry—who were willing to explore
innovative directions and apply emerging technologies to forge stronger
roles for libraries in teaching and research environments. I have
especially enjoyed finding ways in which libraries can engage digital
technologies and the power of information systems to provide access
to the amazing legacy collections that reside in libraries and archives
around the world. My hope is to inspire others in our field as Hugh
Atkinson once inspired me: to think boldly, to challenge assumptions,
and to not fear criticism."
Before becoming Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College in 1996,
Cline worked at The Pennsylvania State University, where she served
as dean of university libraries (1988–96), assistant dean
and head, bibliographic resources and services division (1984–88),
chief of the bibliographic resources department (1980–84),
head of the government documents section (1971–80), and Pennsylvania
documents librarian (1970–71). In 1970, Cline received her
MLS from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also
earned her BA in 1968.
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