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UT Librarian Corey Halaychik Receives Award for Innovation

Corey Halaychik, assistant professor and head of acquisitions and continuing resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries, has been named the recipient of the 2017 ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation. Halaychik is recognized for his leadership in streamlining the licensing of electronic resources through the University of Tennessee master agreements program and for co-founding The Collective, a new style of library conference.

UT’s master agreements program breaks down bottlenecks created by lengthy yearly negotiations over licenses and contracts. A master agreement, governing all subsequent purchases from a participating vendor, can eliminate costly hours of contract review and significantly speed up the purchase of library materials.

Halaychik’s work as co-founder and co-director of The Collective is transforming the way that librarians and archivists exchange information in a highly interactive conference setting. The conference, held yearly in Knoxville, Tennessee, since 2015, fosters collaboration and focuses on affordability, hands-on participation, and tangible takeaways for attendees.

The ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation, sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The award will be presented on June 24 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

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