Nominations and Awards Committee
The Nominations & Awards Committee was busy during Fall 2014. We are pleased to have selected the 2014 MAGIRT Honors Awardee, successfully recruited and submitted two candidates for elected offices, and filled two upcoming Committee Chair vacancies!
MAGIRT Honors Awardee: The winner will be announced at ALA Annual 2014 during the MAGIRT Reception (time/date TBD). Thank you to those of you who submitted nominations - we listened to you and very much appreciated your input!
Elected Officer Candidates: We are extremely pleased to be putting forth new candidates for two elected officer positions which expire in June 2014. Tami Morse will be on the ballot for Secretary, and Beth Cox (our current Treasurer) will be running for Vice Chair of MAGIRT.
WHEN YOU SEE THE BALLOT COME OUT,PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE! THERE IS SHAMEFULLY LOW ELECTION PARTICIPATION AND THE CHAIR TRIO WAS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ENCOURAGE OUR ROUND TABLES TO PARTICIPATE IN ELECTIONS, SO HERE IS YOUR STRONG ENCOURAGEMENT!
In the likely event that Beth Cox is elected as Vice-Chair, MAGIRT will be in need of a one year, temporary Treasurer. If you have any interest in this position, and hopefully interest in running for that position during the 2015 ALA Election, please contact Tracey Hughes at your earliest convenience at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to talk with you more about this leadership opportunity.
Committee Chair Vacancies/Replacements: Two Committees have their Chair terms expiring at the end of ALA Annual 2014 – the Online Presence Oversight Committee and the Publications Committee. We are pleased to have two excellent existing Committee members agree to step forward into those roles – Jessica Clemons for Online Presence and Sandy Schiefer for Publications. Many thanks to Roger for his hard work on the Publications Committee as Chair for the last few years!
2013 MAGIRT Awards Reception
The reception took place at Maggiano's Little Italy in Chicago. We got to crash i.e. pass through a beautiful wedding that was going on downstairs on our way up to our room for the reception, and fun was had by all!
We left stuffed with yummy and ridiculously plentiful Italian food, wine and beer, and we even got a good laugh out of the signs Maggiano's made for us.
Join us in 2014 please!
2013 MAGIRT Awards Winners
On June 29th, 2013, MAGIRT presented its Honors Award to Steve Rogers and Colleen Cahill at our Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The remarks were written and awards presented by MAGIRT Past Chair Hallie Pritchett.
Steve is the former Map Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries, a former chair of the Publications Committee, and a past chair and treasurer of MAGIRT. Since December 2006, Steve has been editor of the MAGIRT newsletter base line, our oldest continuous publication. Due to financial concerns, in early 2008 base line suddenly became an exclusively electronic publication.
As editor, Steve quickly took advantage of the benefits of this new format. The first all-digital issue of base line had direct links to other Web sites of interest to MAGIRT members as well as color images; he even made sure that it retained its iconic blue cover. Although Steve has been retired from Ohio State since 2009, he still serves the Round Table as base line editor, which, in his words, continues to provide “timely, informative and […] useful information for the map and geospatial librarian, as well as those simply interested in maps and geodata in libraries.” (base line 29, no.1 (2008): 4) As a former member of the Publications Committee and avid reader of base line, on behalf of the Round Table I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Steve for his many contributions to MAGIRT as we present him with the MAGIRT Honors Award.
Colleen is the Digital Conversion Coordinator for the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress and has served as MAGIRT’s Webmaster since 2006. While in recent years MAGIRT has adopted various social media outlets such as ALA Connect, Facebook and Twitter, the MAGIRT Web site remains the center of our online presence; as such, it is essential that our Web site be properly maintained so it remains current. While this often can be a Herculean task, Colleen does so with grace, style, and a sense of humor, which, as most of us know, is essential when working with ALA. Case in point: over the past 7 years, at the behest of ALA Colleen has successfully transitioned our Web site to no fewer than 3 different content management systems, including its most recent move from Collage — for which she had to create her own users manual — to the far more user- and Webmaster-friendly Drupal. Yet despite the amount of time and effort necessary to complete each platform change, the transitions were almost seamless; our Web site never went down and updates were processed in a timely manner, allowing for uninterrupted access to information by and about our Round Table. The Webmaster position is now part of our new Online Presence Oversight Committee, where Colleen draws on her experiences with managing our Web site to provide valuable insight and advice as the committeeworks to grow and improve our online presence. For her work in developing and maintaining one of our most visible and valuable resources, it is my pleasure to present Colleen with the MAGIRT Honors Award.