CVM Librarian is
Darling Medal Recipient
Trenton Boyd, librarian at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Zalk Veterinary Medical Library and adjunct assistant professor, is the 2010 recipient of the Medical Library Association Louise Darling Medal for Distinguished Achievement in Collection Development in the Health Sciences. This award is the highest recognition attainable for individuals who work with collections in U.S. health sciences libraries.
The Medical Library Association presents the Louise Darling Medal annually to recognize distinguished achievement in health science libraries collection development. The award was established in 1987 and first awarded in 1988. The Louise Darling Medal is not necessarily awarded every year; it is only given when a worthy recipient is identified. Boyd becomes the 17th recipient since the program’s inception
Boyd, who is the College of Veterinary Medicine’s first professional veterinary librarian, has filled that role for nearly 40 years. Nicknamed “the Oracle” by some of his peers for his expertise in veterinary journals, Boyd has also developed a reputation for his ability to collect “grey literature” of veterinary medicine, which refers to materials that are not generated through a standard publisher, such as reports, white papers and proceedings for symposiums.
A colleague in the health sciences library field, Esther Carrigan, a previous Darling Medal winner herself, and director of the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Library at Texas A&M University, nominated Boyd for the award. His nomination was also supported in letters from another previous winner, Gayle Willard of Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Library, Vicki Croft of Washington State University Animal Health Library, and Susanne Whitaker of Cornell University Veterinary Medical Library. The honor carries a $1,000 cash award that will be presented during an awards ceremony and luncheon in Washington, D.C. in late May.
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