Kathi Carlisle Fountain (MS ’97), head of collection development at the Washington State University - Vancouver Library, has been awarded the 2013 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/CQ Press Award. The award, established in 1996 by LPSS, honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
CQ Press, sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque to Fountain during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
“The selection committee felt that Kathi represents the best of what the Marta Lange award recognizes in research, service and creative contributions to political science librarianship,” said award Chair Rosalind Tedford, director for research and instruction at Wake Forest University. “Her service to the Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) spans more than a decade and includes holding almost every position possible including chairing the section. Her work to more closely connect LPSS with the American Political Science Association and her tireless work as webmaster during times of transition for the section are especially commendable.”
“Kathi’s contributions to scholarship and law and political science librarianship are also critical in our decision,” Tedford continued. “Her development of, and continuing editorial guidance for, the Political Advocacy Groups: A Directory of United States Lobbyists online resource, her work as political science subject editor for RCL Web and her ongoing scholarship on a wide variety of subjects provide an invaluable service to librarians and researchers in the field.”
Fountain received her BA from Pacific Lutheran University and her MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.