Science librarians honor AMS Weather Book

By Jack Williams ©2015

The Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) organization has selected The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Weather as the “2009 ASLI Choice – Popular Category – Honorable Mention.”

Maria A. Latyszewskyj, chair of the ASLI’s Choice Awards Committee, presented the award to Jack Williams, the book’s author, Monday, Jan. 18 during a book launch party at the American Meteorological Society’s Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

Maria A. Latyszewskyj presents Jack Williams with the ASLI Choice Award. Photo by Darlene Shields

Maria A. Latyszewskyj presents Jack Williams with the ASLI Choice Award. Photo by Darlene Shields

The Award Certificate cites the book’s “accessible and informative approach to all aspects of weather, and the richness of its illustrations.”

The ASLI is a professional organization devoted to communication and dissemination of information among libraries and educational institutions involved in atmospheric science research and scholarship.

Latyszewskyj told Williams that when talking with students at the AMS meeting she recommended the book for its profiles of scientists involved in different aspects of the atmospheric and related sciences. She is head of the Environment Canada Library in Downsview, Ontario.

The ASLI’s 13th annual conference, on ‘Integrating Weather, Climate and Social Studies: Challenges and Opportunities for Librarians” was one of the 20 conferences and symposia held as part of the AMS Annual Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.

The 2009 ASLI award winners.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, Williams signed books at the AMS’ ninth annual Weatherfest, which is an interactive.four-hour science and weather fair for families, students, and teachers. On Monday,  Tuesday, and Wednesday he also signed books at the AMS Resources Center.

During the Annual Meeting the AMS sold all 102 copies of Jack’s books that had been shipped to Atlanta.

The AMS and the University of Chicago Press are co-publishers of the AMS Weather Book, which came out in June 2009. The 2010 Annual Meeting introduced the book to large numbers of AMS members.

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