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Magda El-Sherbini receives 2020 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

El-Sherbini receives 2020 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement AwardOn February 14, 2020, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) honored Magda El-Sherbini, professor and Middle East and Islamic Studies librarian at The Ohio State University, as the 2020 recipient of the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors the memory of Ross Atkinson, a distinguished library leader, author and scholar whose extraordinary service to ALCTS and the library community-at-large serves as a model for those in the field.

The citation and monetary award, generously sponsored by EBSCO Information Services, will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on June 27 during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, IL.

Magda is an outstanding and recognized librarian and scholar with a distinguished record of leadership, service and scholarship to ALCTS and to the profession. Her career began when she worked as a cataloger at Cairo University Library. In 1982, she received a Foreign Students Fellowship from America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST) to attend the School of Library and Information Sciences at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Following her degree, Magda worked as an assistant librarian at Bahrain University Library and then an Arabic Materials Specialist at Georgetown University. In 1987, she began working for University Libraries, first as a Middle East/General Cataloger, then as the Head of the Original Cataloging Section and later as Head of the Collection Description and Access Department. Magda is currently Professor/Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian at University Libraries.

Magda’s extraordinary service and achievements can be seen in her long history of exceptional service and leadership within ALCTS, her research and implementation of multi-lingual aspects of cataloging, her publications and her awards and recognition of her peers.

Read full press release from American Library Association: Magda El-Sherbini receives 2020 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.