Carlstone Receives 2017 First Step Award

Jamie Carlstone, Electronic Serials Bibliographic Control Specialist at the University Library at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the recipient of the 2017 First Step Award from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

The award will be presented on Saturday, June 24, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Reacting to news of the award, Carlstone said, “I’m thrilled to have won the ALCTS Wiley First Step Award for the upcoming ALA conference in Chicago. I’ve been a member of the ALCTS Continuing Resources–Standards committee for a couple of years, so I’m delighted that the Continuing Resources section chose me for the award. I’m looking forward to attending the conference and the awards ceremony.”

Carlstone began her college career in Chicago at DePaul University, earning a degree in History and American Studies before pursuing her master’s degree in Early Modern History at the University of Durham. She previously held positions at the University of Chicago library in both the cataloging and circulation departments. She recently earned her MLIS from Dominican University in May of 2015. Carlstone continues to pursue professional development activities and membership in professional organizations, as well as contributing to research in her field. She joined the University of Illinois in her current role in the fall of 2015.

Tom Teper, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Technical Services expressed: “We were very happy to sponsor Jamie’s nomination for this award and proud that one of ours received it. When she interviewed with us in 2015, Jamie was still anticipating receipt of her MLIS, and she outclassed numerous other candidates. Since she has been here, she has proven herself more than capable. Handling complex issues related to continuing resources, working comfortably with metadata of variable quality, and helping us to tackle issues that have been put on the back burner for want of personnel to address them.”

This $1,500 grant is sponsored by Wiley and is meant to encourage new serials librarians in their professional growth by attending an ALA national conference and encouraging participation in Continuing Resources activities. A full announcement is available on the ALA website.

Congratulations, Jamie!

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