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Henriette D. Avram


A systems analyst hired by the Library of Congress to work on developing the MARC format, Avram (1919-2006) played a key role in this effort.  Lilley-Trice considers her important in the area of information science as it is applied to libraries, and cites her work on MARC I & II, and RECON, as well as her efforts toward a national information network, as her principal contribution.

Awards received:

ALA: Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and Classification (1971); Academic/Research Librarian of the Year (1977); Melvil Dewey Medal (1981); Honorary Life Membership (1997)

Federal Women’s Award (1974)

Library and Information Technology Association: Achievement in Library and Information Technology Award (1980)

National Central Library of Taipei: Appreciation Award (1986)

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions: Honorary Fellow (1987)

Joseph Lippincott Award (1988)

Senior Executives Association Professional Development League: Distinguished Executive Service Award (1989)

National Information Standards Organization: Fellow (1989)

John Ames Humphrey/Forest Press Award (1990)

Special Libraries Association: Professional Award (1990)

Library of Congress: Distinguished Service Award (1992)

American National Standards Institute: Meritorious Service Award (1992)

Honorary Doctorates: Southern Illinois University (1977); Rochester Institute of Technology (1991); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1993)

Henriette Avram Papers:

Library of Congress, Washington, DC (124 cubic feet, MARC Archives, 1966-1980)