University of Pittsburgh
August 7, 2000


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PITTSBURGH, August 8 -- Arlene G. Taylor, professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the School of Information Sciences, was honored with the 2000 Highsmith Library Literature Award for her book, "The Organization of Information" (Libraries Unlimited, 2000.) Taylor received the award last month at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Highsmith Library Literature Award is presented to an author or co-author for an outstanding contribution to library literature issued during the three years preceding the presentation. The book must illustrate "management principles and practices, understanding and applications of new technologies and education for librarians or other information specialists."

Honorees of the Highsmith Library Literature Award are recognized "for creating a practical and understandable resource for future learning, for providing a solid and impressive introduction to 'the theory, principles, standards and tools behind the organization of information,' for presenting an application of the organization of information for librarianship and for boldly posing the challenges of the Internet."

Taylor also was the 1999 recipient of the Profile in Excellence given by Oklahoma Baptist University to recognize outstanding accomplishments by alumni. In 1996, Taylor received the Margaret Mann Citation, awarded by the ALA ALCTS Cataloging and Classification Section for outstanding professional achievement in cataloging or classification either through publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional cataloging associations, or valuable contributions to practice in individual libraries.

Taylor's research and teaching interests focus on the organization of information, information storage and retrieval bibliographic control, cataloging, on-line systems, and library automation.

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