University Libraries Wins Two Awards at National Conference

Marketing and Communications | July 09, 2014

The Texas A&M University Libraries received two major awards for “Deeper Than Swords: Celebrating the Work of George R. R. Martin” during the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference June 26-July 1, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards recognized distinct, integrated components of the two- day celebration of Martin’s works, which took place March 21 and 22, 2013.

The John Cotton Dana Award, sponsored by the H. W. Wilson Foundation, EBSCO and the Library Leadership and Management Association of ALA, honors outstanding achievement in library public relations. The selection committee chose the “Deeper Than Swords” two-day celebration featuring appearances by the acclaimed fantasy author from among 83 submissions by public and academic libraries nationwide.

Eight library winners received $10,000 from the H. W. Wilson Foundation on June 29 at the awards ceremony. Winning entries are featured in a gallery on the award website.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) selected the “Deeper than Swords” exhibit catalog for the 2014 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

“Written with personality, excitement and love, this strong catalog emphasizes Martin’s work in the broader literary context and is clearly intended to live on past the exhibition,” noted Cherry Williams, chair of the Leab Exhibition Awards.

Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, home to the Martin collection and site of the exhibit, received a certificate June 29 during the awards ceremony at the ALA conference.

The Leab Awards recognize outstanding printed exhibition catalogs and guides, and electronic exhibitions by North America and Caribbean institutions.

“It’s very gratifying to see the outstanding work of our curators and marketing staff on the George R. R. Martin events and catalog recognized at the American Library Association conference,” said David Carlson, dean of the University Libraries. “It shines a spotlight on the Martin collection which is one of the crown jewels of our science fiction and fantasy collection.”

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For more information: contact Charlene Clark, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.4233 or charleneclark@library.tamu.edu