Nominations and Awards Committee
The 2013 MAGIRT Award winners have been announced! Check out the August 2013 issue of base line for details and descriptions of our award winners.
The official nomination for the 2014 award will be made public October 1, 2013 - but if you have someone in mind, please contact email@example.com!
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.