Swets & Zeitlinger, Inc. establishes the Marcia Tuttle Serials Scholarship Fund: First recipient is named

Release date: 
January 1, 1998

Chapel Hill, NC — International serials subscription service Swets & Zeitlinger, Inc., with its North American office in Exton, Pa., has established a scholarship to assist students interested in serials librarianship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS). The first recipient of the Marcia Tuttle Serials Scholarship, named in honor of the recently retired head of serials at UNC at Chapel Hill's Davis Library, is SILS master's student Richard A. Murray.

The $1,000 gift will be awarded annually to a SILS graduate student who is interested in a career in serials, has an excellent scholastic record and has demonstrated financial need.

Tuttle, who spent 27 of her 28 years at UNC at Chapel Hill as head of the Davis serials department, retired on May 1, 1997. She has also taught the serials course at SILS since 1991 and plans to continue teaching in her retirement.

"I was very surprised and touched when Swets & Zeitlinger told me they wanted to name a scholarship after me," said Tuttle. "They asked for my permission - I practically burst into tears!"

Called "the quintessential serials librarian," Tuttle has an international reputation for her energetic activism on behalf of library-publisher communication and fair serials pricing and her dedication to educating and mentoring.

In 1983 Tuttle wrote the landmark textbook, Introduction to Serials Management. From 1985 through 1995 she co-edited Advances in Serials Management, a series that she originated to monitor and publicize trends in serials. As chair of the American Library Association's Subcommittee on Serials Pricing, Tuttle began publishing the pioneering online Newsletter on Serials Pricing Issues in 1989. The newsletter grew from 50 to its current 2,200 subscribers. In 1985 Tuttle was the first recipient of the Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award for excellence in serials work.

In 1959, after earning an A.B. in religion from Duke University in Durham, N.C., Tuttle worked as a paraprofessional in their library. She then took an M.Ln. from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., in 1962. She held reference librarian positions at Princeton University and the University of Vermont before moving to Chapel Hill to work in serials. In 1974, Tuttle earned a second master's degree when she completed an M.A. in geography at UNC at Chapel Hill.

"Marcia Tuttle is one of the foremost experts in serials librarianship," said Dean of SILS Dr. Barbara B. Moran. "It is quite fitting that this scholarship be named in her honor."

Murray is a lifelong resident of Raleigh, N.C., and an UNC at Chapel Hill alumnus, having earned a B.A. in international studies in 1995. He is a full-time graduate student at SILS and holds a full-time position in Davis Library as the assistant to Latin American and Iberian cataloger. Murray looks forward to the challenge of a serials cataloging position after finishing his M.S.L.S.

"Marcia Tuttle is 'Ms. Serials,'" said Murray. "The most important thing to me was to be nominated for this award by someone as well-known and respected as her in the serials world. Being associated with her in this way is really an honor. It's as exciting as receiving the scholarship."

Swets & Zeitlinger, Inc. is based in The Netherlands. They have been a global supplier of publications to academic, research and corporate libraries since 1901. With 20 offices in 17 countries, Swets & Zeitlinger has more than 700 staff members; it is now the largest subscription agent in Europe and one of the largest worldwide. Its five divisions include subscription service, backsets service, publishers, test services and micro store.

Michael Markwith, chief executive officer of Swets & Zeitlinger in North America, has served on the SILS Board of Visitors for the past three years.

The School of Information and Library Science is home to approximately 250 graduate students, 60 undergraduates and 19 full-time faculty members. It prepares students to work with computer information systems and networks or for careers in library administration, acquisitions, collections management and other aspects of library work. The school offers master's degrees in information science and library science, a certificate of advanced study, a doctor of philosophy in information and library science and an undergraduate minor in information systems.