Cyril Oberlander, interim director, Milne Library, State University of New York, Geneseo, is the recipient of the Reference and User Services Associationâ€™s (RUSA) 2012Â Virginia Boucher-OCLCÂ Distinguished Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Librarian Award.
The award, administered byÂ RUSAâ€™s Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS), recognizes an individual for outstanding professional achievement, leadership and significant contributions to the fields of interlibrary loan and document delivery and is generously supported byÂ OCLC.
In selecting Oberlander for this prestigious award, the committee highlighted the excellence and scope of his work with theÂ Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project, a resource sharing cooperative within New York State. Members are from public and private academic libraries, New York Public Library and the New York State Library. They also made note of his leadership and mentor role as the Internal Project Consultant for theÂ IDSProject team and theÂ GISTÂ Team responsible for theÂ Getting it Systems Toolkit (GIST). This innovative approach toÂ ILLÂ practiceâ€”and an important contribution toÂ ILLÂ services for the entireÂ ILLÂ communityâ€”is a set of customizable tools and workflows that enhance interlibrary loan, just-in-time acquisitions services, purchase requesting and cooperative collection development efforts. In addition, Oberlander is recognized for his prior work at the University of Virginia and Portland State University, where he created a wireless scanning book truck/mobile library workstation, and as the co-creator of LibStatCAT, a library statistical collection analysis tool, andÂ STATCAT, an interlibrary loan Â statistical database.
Oberlander received hisÂ MLSÂ from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His most recent publications include a chapter on the future ofÂ ILLÂ in â€œInterlibrary Loan Practices Handbook,Â 3rdÂ edition,â€ (American Library Association, 2011), and â€œPointâ€“ofâ€“Need Collection Development: The Getting It System Toolkit (GIST) and a New System for Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan Integrated Workflow and Collection Development,â€Â co-authored with Kate Pitcher, Tim Bowersox and Mark Sullivan, Collection Management, vol 35. (3) 2010, p.222-236, which was republished in â€œPatron-driven acquisitions: current successes and future directions,â€ (Routledge, 2011).
The award, a citation and $2,000 cash prize, will be presented at theÂ RUSAÂ Awards Reception, scheduled for 5 – 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24 as a part ofÂ RUSAâ€™s events at theALAÂ Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The exact location of this event will be announced in late spring. For more information, visitÂ RUSAâ€™s websiteÂ or theÂ Annual Conference website.