February 17, 2018

New Distinguished Lecture Award Named for Mary Jo Lynch

By LJ Staff

The Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University and Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society, have established a Distinguished Lecture Award in honor of Dr. Mary Jo Lynch, who retired this month as director of the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and Statistics. She has held the position since 1978. Charles R. McClure, director of the Information Institute, announced the award at Lynch’s retirement celebration on December 4. Lynch received her Ph.D. in library service from Rutgers University and worked as a reference librarian at the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit before joining ALA. She was a strong proponent for the establishment of the Federal State Cooperative System for Public Library Data (FSCS) and guided its development as a member of the steering committee for twenty years. The $2000 annual competitive award will begin in 2004 with the recipient being an innovative and research-oriented faculty member, library/information center practitioner, or a member of the information industry.