UMUC Digital Resources Librarian Receives 2012 Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management

Lenore England will receive the award at the American Library Association annual meeting in June

By Ashley Boarman ( |   March 8, 2012

Adelphi, MD (March 8, 2012)—UMUC today announced that its digital resources librarian, Lenore England, has received the 2012 Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management. Sponsored by the Collection Management Section (CMS) of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Coutts Award recognizes the significant contributions of one individual who has demonstrated innovation and excellence in the practice of electronic collections management and development.

“We are delighted that Lenore England has been selected by ALA as the recipient of this year’s 2012 Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resources Management. Ms. England has been instrumental in streamlining research tools for UMUC students into one online portal, making UMUC’s large virtual library very user-friendly,” said UMUC Provost Greg von Lehmen. “Given the number of students that we have online, it is essential that we equip them with enhanced tools to be successful. The recognition of her work through this award is very much deserved.” 

UMUC’s virtual library is vital to student success. Current students enjoy instant, 24/7 access to more than 75,000 electronic journals, 20,000 e-books and 126 online databases via one online portal. England is one of 18 UMUC librarians who help maintain the university’s vast catalog of e-books and journals. The Coutts Award will be presented to her in person at the American Library Association’s Annual Meeting this June in Anaheim, California. The award includes a $2,000 monetary gift donated by Coutts Information Services.