Dr. Hope A. Olson Awarded the 2017 Margaret Mann Citation

For Immediate Release
February, 2017
Milwaukee, WI

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has announced that Dr. Hope Olson, Professor Emerita at the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret Mann Citation presented by its Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS). The Mann Citation will be presented on June 24 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

The Mann Citation, awarded annually, recognizes outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification. Olson’s outstanding contributions to the field are primarily in subject cataloging and classification.

Hope Olson has been an influential teacher and mentor in library and information science and is widely recognized for her outstanding record of research and publication in cataloging, classification, and classification theory. Her radical book, “The Power to Name: Locating the Limits of Subject Representation in Libraries,” published in 2002, continues to impact the field.

Olson demonstrates her lifelong dedication to the profession through her continued involvement in research and professional activities. Olson is currently serving on the editorial board of “Cataloging & Classification Quarterly” and has served on the editorial boards of the “Journal of Library Metadata” and “Knowledge Organization” for over a decade each. She served as the conference chair for the first Ethics of Information Organization Conference in 2009, as well as for the 2012 Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Information Organization.

In 2012 she was awarded the WGSS Award for Career Achievement in Women & Gender Studies Librarianship and in 2008 she developed and administered the Diversity in the Organization of Information and its Technology (DOIT) program funded in part through an IMLS grant. The DOIT program was designed to recruit students from underrepresented populations in the library profession and prepare them to serve diverse audiences in the library field.

Olson served as a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies from 2003 to 2013, including serving as Associate Dean from 2007 to 2010 and Interim Dean from 2010 to 2011. Previously, she taught at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta from 1990 to 2003, receiving promotion to Professor in 2002. Olson received her MLS from the University of Toronto and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The School of Information Studies sends our most sincere congratulations to Dr. Hope Olson on this impressive and well deserved honor!

We invite friends and colleagues to join as we celebrate this award at a meet and greet event with Hope at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, June 24, 2017 (time TBD) at the UW-Milwaukee Booth in the exhibit hall.


About UW-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies
The School of Information Studies (SOIS) at UWM offers several degree programs including a Bachelor’s in Information Science and Technology, an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science, a Master of Science in Information Science & Technology and a PhD in Information Studies. With a growing student body of more than 1000 students SOIS strives to be a premier international iSchool that shapes knowledge and information technology through innovative research and teaching. SOIS is a leader in advancing knowledge and preparing students from diverse backgrounds to be successful information professionals within their communities.

About the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.