Carmelita Pickett Receives Award for Distinguished Librarianship

Marketing and Communications | September 30, 2013

Carmelita Pickett received The Association of Former Students Distinguished Librarianship Award during the 29th annual ceremony at Texas A&M University’s Sterling C. Evans Library on Sept. 20, 2013. Presented by Brett Tidwell ’10, Coordinator of Matching Gifts for The Association, the award recognizes exceptional achievements and leadership in librarianship.

As Director of Collection Development Operations & Acquisitions Services, Pickett has been instrumental in gaining access to countless print and electronic journals, databases, media, print and electronic books that can be accessed and checked out by students and faculty.

As a champion of diversity in collection building, she pioneered the ProQuest Comprehensive program that quadrupled the content available to users at the University Libraries. This contract represented the single largest infusion of diverse content into the library collections in the history of the Libraries.

She is the former chair of Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Interest Group and the Chief Collection Development Officers at Large Research Libraries. In addition, she has served in many leadership and service roles in the Association of College and Research Libraries and the American Library Association.

Pickett, who received the Big 12 Fellowship in 2011awarded by the University’s Dean of Faculties Office, has published extensively on collection development, management of resources and acquisitions.

“Apart from her talent for innovative thinking, one of Carmelita’s most valuable assets is her exceptional skill in negotiating licensing agreements,” said David H. Carlson, dean of the University Libraries. “Her vision of better, stronger academic libraries informs all that she does. This award is an important step in officially recognizing her many achievements at the Texas A&M Libraries.”

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For more information: contact Charlene Clark, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.4233 or charleneclark@library.tamu.edu