Written by on January 31, 2012

Tim Strawn named recipient of Esther J. Piercy Award

Tim StrawnFebruary 1, 2012 — Tim Strawn, director of information resources and archives at Kennedy Library, has been selected for the 2012 Esther J. Piercy Award by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association.

This award recognizes librarians with fewer than ten years of professional experience who have shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

Contributions to Cal Poly

Since joining Cal Poly’s Kennedy Library two years ago, Strawn has guided major collection issues including the adoption of new discovery tools and the acquisition of significant new digital content.

“In the decade since he became an academic librarian, Tim has demonstrated his leadership by stretching and helping to redefine what we think of as library collections,” said University Librarian Anna Gold. “Tim models the ‘new’ technical services — an integral perspective that redefines collections services in terms of user services.”

Service to academic libraries

In addition to his role at Kennedy Library, Strawn is a director-at-large for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Board of Directors. He is a member of the Inclusive Excellence Council and participates in several library consortia on access issues. He also serves as chair of the search committee for a new editor-in-chief of Library Resources and Technical Services for the American Library Association (ALA).

Strawn will receive the award this June at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

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