Marie Concannon, Head, Government Information & Data Archives, University of Missouri Library, chosen for HS Genealogy / History Achievement Award sponsored by ProQuest
Marie Concannon, Head, Government Information & Data Archives, University of Missouri Library, was selected as the 2022 recipient of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) History Section’s Genealogy/History Achievement Award, sponsored by ProQuest for her creation, research, and management of the Prices and Wages by Decade library guide as well as her service to the library community and the American Library Association (ALA). The award consists of a citation and a monetary award to a librarian, library or publisher, in recognition of professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service, or research librarianship.
Service to ALA
• Chair, State and Local Documents Task Force, American Library Association (ALA)
o Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT), 2010-2012. Initiated a nationwide State Documents Needs and Offers resource.
• Committee member on ALA GODORT committees and task force:
o Federal Documents Task Force, 2014-2016
o Cataloging Committee, 2014-2016
o Legislative Committee, 2016-2018
• Membership: ALA, RUSA, BRASS, HS, RSS, GODORT
Service to allied organizations
• Appointed member, Hathi Trust Federal Documents Advisory Committee, 2020-2021
• Founding Steering Committee member, Preservation of Electronic Government Information (PEGI) Project, 2017-2020. This IMLS grant funded project addressed national concerns regarding preservation of born-digital government information by cultural memory institutions for long-term public access and use.
• Chair, Depository Library Council (DLC), 2014-2015; and DLC Councilor, 2012-2014. The DLC advises the United States Public Printer and the Superintendent of Documents on policy for cataloging, indexing and public availability of documents, and advises on matters concerning the general administration of the FDLP program.
• Chair, Depository Library Council Subcommittee (03/2013 -04/2014) to plan for implementation of the National Academy of Public Administrators’ Recommendation #3 as published in the report Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age. The subcommittee was charged to assist GPO in developing a comprehensive national plan for preserving government documents dating from 1789present, including cataloging, digitizing, and preserving tangible copies.
• Secretary, Missouri Library Association, 2005.
Publications, Presentations, and Service
• “Needles in the haystack of history: How to use the WPA Historical Records Survey,” copresented with Dr. Kristine Stilwell, Government Documents and Business Librarian at Troy University in Alabama, and Sandra McAninch, Head of the Federal Depository Unit & Regional Depository Librarian at the University of Kentucky. This was sponsored by ALA GODORT and presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, June 30, 2014.
.• My first professional position was at the State Historical Society of Missouri, 1989-2000. I compiled three genealogical indexes during that time:
o Index of residents State Federal Soldiers’ Home of Missouri, St. James, Missouri, 1889-1946. (Columbia, MO: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1998).
o Index to Missouri military pensioners, 1883. (Columbia, MO: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1997).
o Grand Army of the Republic, Missouri Division, index to death rolls, 1882-1940, taken from Proceedings of the Annual Encampments. (Columbia, MO: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1995).
• National History Day
o I judged performances at the Missouri state finals in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
o I was a guest presenter at NHD statewide workshops for teachers:
“Debate and diplomacy in federal government publications,” National History Day workshop for Missouri middle and high school teachers, sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, MO, August 7 and September 11, 2010.
“Revolution, reaction and reform in federal government publications,” National History Day workshop for Missouri school teachers, sponsored by the State Historical Society, Columbia, MO, August 20 and September 17, 2011.
Established in 1992, the HS Genealogy / History Achievement Award, sponsored by ProQuest, presents a citation and $1,500 to a librarian, library or publisher, in recognition of professional achievement in historical or genealogical reference, service, or research librarianship. The recipient shall be selected for exceptional accomplishment in one or more of the following areas: leadership; service; training; reference; or publication of recent, significant print or digital reference works/projects that offer access to genealogical or historical sources. Preference shall be given to members of RUSA.
The selection committee was Chaired Kristina S. Lang.