Judith P. Cannan receives the 2022 Margaret Mann Citation

Judith P. Cannan has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Margaret Mann Citation, sponsored by OCLC and Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. She is Chief of the Policy, Training, and Cooperative Programs Division at the Library of Congress and is a respected leader, innovator, mentor, and trailblazer. She has made significant contributions to the library profession in a career that spans more than 50 years and has influenced generations of cataloging practitioners.

The Margaret Mann Citation recognizes outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classifying notable publications; outstanding contributions to professional cataloging associations; outstanding contribution to the technical improvement of cataloging and classification; and outstanding contributions in the field of cataloging and classification education. It includes a $2,000 scholarship offered in the recipient’s honor by OCLC, Inc. to the library school of their choice. Cannan chose the Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America to be this year’s scholarship recipient.

After carefully reviewing this year’s pool of accomplished candidates, the selection committee unanimously chose Cannan as the recipient of the 2022 Citation due to the many letters of support citing his impact both nationally and internationally, as well as its efforts to seek input from the non-LC cataloging community during the development of the policy. In particular, committee members noted that Cannan’s continued leadership in PCC, NACO, etc. had a great impact on the cataloging profession. She was instrumental in developing the training materials that most libraries used when adopting RDA, and she continues to lead these efforts for the BIBFRAME initiative. “Throughout her career,” said Jessica Hayden, chair of the Mann Citation Committee, “Judith Cannan has been a leader in cataloging policy development and education, and that leadership continues as the field continues to evolve.”

When told of her selection, Cannan said, “I’m so honored to receive this award. What I have achieved has only been possible because I have had the pleasure of working with so many outstanding catalogers and library professionals.”

Cannan was instrumental in the decision to make cataloging training materials produced by LC and PCC freely available on LC’s Catalogers Learning Workshop (CLW) website. Prior to this policy change, these training materials were often password protected and stored locally, making them inaccessible to a wider audience. This decision allowed all catalogers to receive training at their local institution at their own pace, resulting in significant cost savings for institutions around the world. Its continued commitment to providing free access to LC/PCC training materials provides an invaluable service to the entire library community, especially to institutions of limited means unable to afford paid training.

During the implementation of RDA, Cannan oversaw all training operations for the hundreds of catalogers at LC as well as catalogers at the hundreds of PCC institutions. She created detailed training plans, with strict timelines, for both in-class and online training sessions and coordinated the development of comprehensive training materials in multiple formats and for multiple audiences. His colleagues noted in their appointment letter that the successful transition from LC and the PCC community to RDA was largely due to Cannan’s vision and leadership.

Colleagues also noted that Cannan recognized the potential of linked data techniques to improve user interaction with library resources several years ago. She has been a strong advocate for BIBFRAME and has promoted the model to the library community by participating in numerous webinars, BIBFRAME demos at ALA, and Linked Data workshops at PCC meetings. His many efforts over the years have helped demonstrate that BIBFRAME is a viable replacement for MARC. In January 2022, Cannan began an effort to train the additional 350 LC Library staff in the use of the BIBFRAME system with a view to bringing the pilot into production, which will be a giant step towards moving away from the current MARC system. .

As a respected leader of the serials cataloging community during the transition to AACR2, Cannan has published two monographs and a number of journal articles on topics related to AACR2 and serials cataloging. Always eager to use technology to her professional advantage, she hosted ALA’s first video conference call, on the topic of Cataloging Rules and Formats, while serving as Chair of the Resources and Services Division. techniques (RTSD).

Colleagues also noted how Cannan’s resilience, adaptability and acceptance of change not only shaped his own long career, but also helped guide many others in theirs. She was instrumental in implementing career enhancement and leadership development programs at LC and often served as a formal mentor in these programs.

The members of the 2022 Margaret Mann Citation Committee are: Jessica L. Hayden (Chair), Lori B. Cisney, Jill Jeanette Crane, and Suzanne L. Sager.

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