Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont is pleased to announce that Frances Delwiche, MLS, is the winner of this year’s Daniel T. Richards Prize for her publication entitled “Mapping the Literature of Radiation Therapy” in the Journal of the Medical Library Association, April 2013. The award is given annually by Medical Library Association’s Collection Development Section to a distinguished publication in health sciences collection development.
Delwiche’s article “Mapping the Literature of Radiation Therapy” characterizes the literature in the field of radiation therapy through citation analysis. The article provides knowledge that informs collection development activities in support of radiation therapy. Fran joined the faculty at Dana Medical Library in 1999, and currently serves as reference and instruction librarian, with special focus on the bio-medical sciences and allied health professions. She also contributes to collection development efforts at Dana. Fran will be accepting her award at the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Austin, TX in May of this year.
In honor of Daniel T. Richards, a founder of the collection development section in the Medical Library Association, this award is presented annually to an individual who has authored a work related to collection development in the health sciences. Dan Richards, as he was known, worked at the National Library of Medicine in the late eighties helping to develop their collection. He also rewrote the NLM’s Collection Development Manual, and is considered “instrumental in establishing health sciences collection development as a rigorous discipline with a distinct methodology.” (Medical Library Association) Dan became Director of the Biomedical Libraries at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in 1991, and was well liked and respected by colleagues there. He passed away unexpectedly in 1995.