Atlanta, GA – July 8, 2016 – Annie Peterson, Preservation Services Librarian for LYRASIS, has been awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award. Established in 1968 in memory of Esther J. Piercy by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the award recognizes contributions in library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than ten years of professional experience and has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership. The award ceremony was held at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on June 25, 2016.

Annie Peterson, who joined LYRASIS in 2015, has a strong history in the preservation community and is a leader in teaching preservation techniques and best practices, as well as working in hands-on preservation environments. She was previously the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University and received her MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She served as the principal investigator of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Planning Grant for collaborative preservation services in the New Orleans area. In addition, she is a recent past Chair of the ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS).

Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, says of the award, “We are honored to have Annie on the LYRASIS team. Her deep experience with preservation and her wide reach in the community helps us serve our members and the fields of archives, libraries and museums. LYRASIS is committed to helping provide solutions, tools and expertise to preserve and access the knowledge contained in cultural heritage collections. Annie’s work, and the work of her LYRASIS colleagues, has forwarded that goal through leadership, teaching, consulting and raising awareness about preservation of collections. We are proud to see her hard work rewarded by ALCTS with this prestigious award.”