Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian at the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT), is the recipient of the 2013 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, given annually by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Preservation and Reformatting Section. Mr. Silverman has spent his career not only helping his own library develop and implement well integrated preservation programs, he has spent considerable time sharing his knowledge and experience with fellow colleagues, students and staff from small and large institutions in the United States and abroad, and advocating for the preservation of, and access to historic cultural collections of all kinds.
The Banks/ Harris Preservation Award honors the memories of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation and teachers and mentors for many in the field of preservation. The Banks/Harris Award is given each year by the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the ALCTS. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. The award, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L. P., consists of $1,500 and a citation. It recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation of library materials.