John R. Borchert Map Library Named 1995 Recipient of American Library Association/Mecklermedia "Library of the Future" Award
Arthur Curley (right), President of the American Library Association, presents the Library of the Future Award to Brent Allison, head of the John R. Borchert Map Library, at the 1995 ALA Annual Conference. (Photo copyright by Oscar & Associates, Inc.)
The John R. Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, is the 1995 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA)/Mecklermedia Library of the Future Award.
The award, $2,500 and a free standing piece of Tiffany crystal donated by the Mecklermedia Corporation, is given to a library, consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for information technology in a library setting.
The John R. Borchert Map Library received the award for planning and developing an Automated Cartographic Information Center that has become a regional and national resource for cartographic research. Providing services to a wide variety of clients, the library offers state-of-the-art access to networked, multimedia map resources. The library, with five staff members including two librarians and one library specialist, is used by 25,000 customers each year. It has been at the forefront of introducing new electronic-based geographic information and state-of-the-art access to multimedia map resources.
"The library has consistently shown a commitment to using information technology to improve the range and quality of library services," said Jennifer Arns, chair of the ALA/Mecklermedia Library of the Future Award Jury.
Brent Allisn, head of the Borchert Map Library, has also worked as librarian in the Map Division, The Research Libraries at The New York Public Library. He has a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Utah and a master's degree in Library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Allison was honored during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at
an Awards Reception on Tuesday, June 27, 1995, from 6-7 p.m. and the award
was presented at the opening of the Inaugural Banquet, immediately following
the reception at 7 p.m.