2022 Award

Congratulations to Andrew K. Pace, M.S.L.S. 1996, this year's  Raymond Von Dran Memorial Award recipient. This honor is bestowed each year to an alumnus of Catholic University's School/Department of Library and Information Science who, through their contributions to the library and information science profession, has exhibited the qualities that Dean Von Dran was noted for throughout his career: innovation, collaboration, and leadership. 

Andrew K. Pace is the Executive Director of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions library consortium. He joined USMAI in February 2022 to lead a consortium of 17 academic libraries across the state of Maryland focusing on shared systems and services and professional development. Before USMAI, Andrew spent 14 years at OCLC, leading the development of OCLC's WorldShare platform as well as many other management and discovery services. For the last 7 years, he led a team of research scientists, architects, and engineers doing data science and applied metadata research. Prior to joining OCLC, Andrew was Head of Information Technology at North Carolina State University Libraries, where he spent nine years participating in several digital library projects. Andrew is a Past President of the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA, now part of Core, and was a member of the ALA Executive Board from 2016-2019. Three generations of the Pace family have CUA connections.


The Raymond Von Dran Memorial Award is an award open to Catholic University School of Library and Information Science/Department of Library and Information Science alumni, instituted in the memory of Raymond Von Dran, who served as the second dean of the school (1983-87). Von Dran's final position was Dean of the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and his obituary can be seen here: http://digital-scholarship.org/digitalkoans/2007/07/23/obituary-raymond-von-dran/

Selection Criteria

The Library and Information Science Alumni Association will grant this award during its annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture.

We are seeking nominations of alumni who, through their contributions to the library and information science profession, have exhibited the qualities Von Dran was noted for throughout his career: innovation, collaboration, and leadership.


Raymond Von Dran Memorial Award Recipients

(Jobs noted were positions held at time of the award)

2021 - Laurie Beyer Hall, Superintendent of Documents for the Federal Depository Library and Managing Director of Library Services and Content Management at the Government Publishing Office
2019 -  Janet L. Crowther, Assistant Library Director of the Williamsburg Regional Library
2018 - Kent Boese, Manager of Library Services, Wiley Rein LLP
2017 - Mary Augusta Thomas, Deputy Director, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
2016 - Barry Trott, Special Projects Director, Williamsburg Regional Library
2015 - Richard James King, Chief, Information Resources and Services Branch and Information Architect, National Institutes of Health
2014 - Barrie L. Howard, Information Technology Specialist at The Library of Congress
2013 - Martin Kalfatovic, Associate Director of Digital Services at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and Program Director for the Biodiversity Heritage Library
2012 - James Patrick Timony, Adaptive Technology Librarian, Adaptive Services Division, DC Public Library
2011 - Lea J. Uhre, Director, Executive Office of the President Library
2010 - Barbara L. Post, Manager of Information Services, Transportation Research Board
2009 - Lynn Scott Cochrane, Director, Denison University Library
2008 - Kimberly Ferguson, Head of Information Services, U.S. Senate Library