DATE: July 23, 2012
Cunha-Swartzburg Award to Gregor Trinkaus-Randall
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner’s Preservation Specialist Gregor Trinkaus-Randall was recently honored at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. Mr. Trinkaus-Randall was awarded the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).
Gregor’s accomplishments in preservation outreach, over a career of more than 30 years, are impressive and highly regarded in the library and archival profession. An important player on the national preservation scene for many years through his collaboration with national organizations, he currently serves as the 2011-2012 president of the Society of American Archivists. As president he was instrumental in coordinating the organization’s response to Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Wilma. He has presented hundreds of workshops throughout Massachusetts and beyond as Preservation Specialist for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. He developed a program to bring environmental monitoring devices to libraries to analyze data and, along with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, set up a communications network with libraries and cultural institutions to respond to area-wide emergencies. This pilot effort has gained recognition for the MBLC as a national model for emergency planning.
This award was created to honor these two leaders in preservation and collaboration, and Gregor is an outstanding example of just such an individual. He has extended the reach of preservation understanding across a state with many small cultural institutions from libraries to archives to museums, and has been instrumental in expanding his preservation knowledge through a wider network of like-minded colleagues across the country. He has greatly impacted the field of preservation throughout his long career.
Established in 2007, the award honors the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation. The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals.
ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.
Go to the MBLC Facebook page to see photos from the event.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.