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Outstanding Collaboration Citation

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Outstanding Collaboration Citation is given by the ALCTS. ALCTS is the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association. ALCTS is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources.

Deadline for nominations is December 1.


This Outstanding Collaboration Citation recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation, or archiving of library materials. It recognizes a demonstrated benefit from actions, services, or products that improve and benefit providing and managing library collections.


Recognized forms of collaboration must be between libraries or library organizations or between a library or library organization and other individuals or groups including publishers, vendors, cultural organizations, government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and the like. Results of a collaborative effort must demonstrate advancement in collection management or technical services working environments, such as:
  • Development of industry standards (licensing, COUNTER, technology)
  • Breaking barriers to enable budget conscientious actions (inflation control, setting serials pricing far enough in advance of renewals, cooperative cataloging or preservation initiatives)
  • Innovative publications products or services that meet an industry need (ERMI, first link resolver, software to enhance productivity or user access)
The citation may be presented to two or more individuals or groups who have participated jointly in an appropriate achievement. Accomplishments that expose problems may be as valuable as successes.


Each nomination shall include:
  • Written justification for the citation in terms of demonstrated outcomes in work achieved through actions, services, or products; how the achievement contributed to the fulfillment of needs in the work of collection management or technical services and any other factors relevant to the merit of the achievement;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Nominee’s contact information.
Completed nominations shall be sent to the Outstanding Collaboration Citation Award Jury Chair by the deadline.

Award Website


Recipients receive a citation.


The citation will be presented in a year when an achievement of merit has occurred. The award jury will assess the submissions in closed session at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The recipient will be notified no later than March 1 and an announcement will be made via press release from ALCTS.
The award is formally presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the ALA Annual Conference.

Award Jury

For nomination information, contact Melanie McGurr, Chair of the Outstanding Collaboration Citation Jury.

Award Recipients

Recipients of the Outstanding Collaboration Citation
2019Collaboration Across Borders: Opening Access to Holdings of the National Library of Cuba
2018Big Ten Academic Alliance Cooperative Cataloging Partnership (BTAA CCP)
2017CRKN-Érudit Partnership 
2016No award given
2015Library of Congress U.S. ISSN Center and ProQuest Metadata Integration & Cataloging Section
2014The Alberta Library Online: The Alberta Group Catalogue
2013No award given
2012Queens Memory Project
2011Open Folklore Project, Indiana University Libraries and American Folklore Society
2010Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Rakow Research Library of the Corning Museum of Glass
2009No award given
2008Adam Chandler and Oliver Pesch
2007CLOCKSS, or Controlled LOCKSS


  1. American Library Association, "ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award" June 22, 2020).