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LITA Awards

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award
2006 winner: Nancy M. Cline
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Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology
2006 winner: Ching-chih Chen
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LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award
2006 winner: Chris Zagar
Press Release

LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award
2006 winner: Yi Shen
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LITA/Library Hi Tech Award For Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science
2006 winner: Patricia R Harris
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LITA Scholarships:

The scholarship deadline is March 1 of every year.

Discontinued Awards

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

(ACRL/ALCTS/LAMA/LITA)

The Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award was founded in 1988 to recognize outstanding achievement (including innovation characterized by risk-taking) by academic librarians that has contributed significantly to improvements in the area of library automation, library management, and/or library development or research. The award honors Hugh C. Atkinson's life and accomplishments.

The award was jointly established through a cooperative effort by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), four divisions of the American Library Association. The award is funded by an endowment created by contributions given in memory of Hugh C. Atkinson.

Nominations for the award must be received by December 1. Details about the nomination procedures are available by contacting the ACRL Office.

The following distinguished people have received the award to date:

Richard M. Dougherty, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1988
Thomas J. Michalak, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 1989
Russell Shank, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 1990
Donald E. Riggs, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1991
Miriam C. Drake, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 1992
Richard DeGennaro, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 1993
Dorothy D. Gregor, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 1994
Nancy L. Eaton, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 1995
Thomas W. Schaughnessy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 1996
William Gray Potter, University of Georgia, Athens,GA 1997
Arnold Hirshon, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 1998
Susan K. Nutter, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 1999
Kenneth Frazier, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 2000
Larry Frye, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN 2001
Harold W. Billings, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 2002
Wendy Pradt Lougee, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2003
Jerome Yavarkovsky, Boston College, Boston, MA 2004
Paul M. Gherman, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 2005
Nancy M. Cline, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 2006

Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

(LITA/OCLC)

The Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology is sponsored by OCLC Online Computer Center, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association.

The purpose of this award is to bring attention to research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed. The award will consist of $2,000 cash and an expense paid trip to the ALA conference (airfare and two nights lodging).

Nominations will be accepted from any member of the American Library Association. Nominating letters should briefly address how the research is relevant to libraries; is creative in its design or methodology; builds on existing research or enhances potential for future exploration; and/or solves an important current problem in the provision of information resources. In addition, a complete curriculum vita and a copy of several seminal publications by the nominee must be included. Nominees may be asked to submit additional information to the Kilgour Committee . Preference will be given to completed research over works in progress.

Currently-serving officers and elected officials of LITA, members of Kilgour Committee and OCLC employees and their immediate family members are ineligible. A press release from the LITA office will announce the details of the nominating process each year.

Send nominations to the current chairperson of the Kilgour Award Committee.

The award will be presented at the LITA President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference.

The following distinguished people have received the award to date:

Karen Markey Drabenstott, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1998
Dean K. Jue, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 1999
Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 2000
Marcia Bates, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 2001
Carol C. Kuhlthau, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 2002
Herbert Van de Sompel, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Los Alamos, NM 2003
Carl Lagoze, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 2004
William E. Moen, University of North Texas , Denton, TX 2005
Ching-chih Chen, Simmons College, Boston MA 2006

LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award

The LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Thomson Gale is awarded annually to recognize a librarian or library who demonstrates exemplary entrepreneurship by providing an innovative product(s) or service, designed to meet the needs of the library world through the skillful and practical application of information technology.  The award will be given out for the first time in 2004.  Deadline for nominations is December 1.

Candidates for the award will be selected based on the following criteria:  clarity, effectiveness and adequate detail in the written application/nomination, including relevance and usefulness of the product/service to libraries, appropriate and creative use of information technology in its development, and significance of its contribution to the functioning of libraries and/or librarians.  Applications should evidence timeliness in product/service development, originality of ideas, persuasiveness of arguments, quality of writing, and clarity of presentation.  Applications will include references with knowledge of the product/service who may be consulted by the Committee and potential sites which may be visited or queried.

The winner will receive $5,000 and a certificate.  The winner may submit a descriptive summary of the entrepreneurial achievement for publication in a featured area of the LITA website.

Send nominations to the current chairperson of the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award Committee.

The following distinguished people have received the award to date:

Susan McGlamery, Metropolitan Cooperative Library Systems, Pasadena, CA 2004
Dan Chudnov, Yale University's Center for Medical Informatics, New Haven, CT 2005
Chris Zagar, Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ 2006

LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award

The LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award is given for the best unpublished manuscript on a topic in the area of libraries and information technology written by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate program.

The purpose of this award, established July 2000, is to recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development of students through publication of the winning article in LITA's refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL).

The winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate. In the case of joint authorship, the award will be split among the authors and each will receive a certificate. The winning article will be published in a future issue of ITAL.

Deadline for the award is February 28 of each year. The winner will be notified by June 1.

The article can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology, including digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic publishing, telecommunications, distributed systems and networks, computer security and intellectual property rights, technical standards, geographic information systems, software engineering, universal access to technology, futuristic forecasting, library consortia, vendor relations, and technology and the arts.

Manuscripts will be selected based on the following criteria: relevance to libraries and information technology, timeliness, originality of ideas, persuasiveness of arguments, quality of writing, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the continuing education of the LITA membership. Manuscripts may be applicable to a variety of library settings, including public, academic, special libraries, school media centers, and library and information studies programs. Unselected manuscripts will be returned to the author(s).

To be eligible, applicants for the award must follow the detailed Guidelines and fill out an application form. At the time the article is submitted, the applicant(s) must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program of library and information studies at the Masters or Ph.D. level.

The LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Awards Committee is not required to select a recipient if, in the opinion of the Committee, no nomination merits the award in a given year.

Send applications to the current chair of the LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Awards Committee.

The award will be presented at the LITA President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference if the winner(s) is present.

The following distinguished people have received the award to date:

Peter Murray, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College 2001
Rachel Mendez, Emporia State University 2002
Joyce Friedlander, Syracuse University 2003
Judy Jeng, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 2004
Kristin Yiotis, San Jose State University 2005
Yi Shen, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006

LITA/Gaylord Award for Achievement in Library and Information Technology

Please note:  This award was discontinued after the 2003 award

The Library and Information Technology Association and Gaylord Bros., Inc., sponsor an annual LITA/Gaylord Award for Achievement in Library and Information Technology. The award was offered for the first time in 1979. Gaylord Bros., Inc., includes a citation of merit and a stipend of $1,000.00 to the award winner each year.

The award is given to a practicing or retired librarian, and may be given to an individual or to a small group of individuals working in collaboration. There shall be no limit of time in regard to when the achievement was completed. Organized institutions or parts of organized institutions as such are ineligible for the award. LITA Officers, other members of the LITA Board of Directors, members of the LITA/ Gaylord Awards Committee, employees of Gaylord Bros., Inc., and their immediate family members are ineligible for the award.

The purpose of the award is to recognize distinguished leadership in technology, notable developments of applications of technology, superior accomplishment in research or education or original contribution to literature in the field.

Nominations for the award may be made by any member of the American Library Association. Nominations are invited and judged by the LITA/Gaylord Awards Committee. A press release from the LITA office will announce the details of the nominating process each year.

The Awards Committee is not required to select a recipient if, in the opinion of the Committee, no nomination merits the award in a given year.

The award will be presented at the LITA President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference.

The following distinguished people have received the award to date:

Frederick G. Kilgour, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Dublin, OH 1979
Henriette D. Avram, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 1980
Maurice J. Freedman, Columbia University, New York, NY 1981
Philip L. Long, INFOTECH, Salt Lake City, UT 1982
Lawrence E. Buckland, Inforonics, Inc., Littleton, MA 1983
Roger K. Summit, Dialog Inf. Services, Inc., Palo Alto, CA 1984
James A. Aagaard, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1985
Velma D. Veneziano, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1985
No Award Made for..... 1986
Dennis Beaumont, Information Design, Mountain View, CA 1987
Bela Hatvany, SilverPlatter, London, England 1987
Barbara E. Markuson, INCOLSA, Indianapolis, IN 1988
Patricia B. Culkin, CARL, Denver, CO 1989
Ward Shaw, CARL, Denver, CO 1989
Ching-chih Chen, Simmons College, Boston, MA 1990
Clifford A. Lynch, University of California, Oakland, CA 1991
James J. Michael, Data Research Associates, Inc., St. Louis, MO 1992
Steve Cisler, Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, CA 1993
Davis B. McCarn, National Library of Medicine, Rockville, MD 1994
No Award Made 1995
Paul K. Sybrowsky, Dynix, Inc., Provo, UT 1996
D. Keith Wilson, Dynix, Inc., Provo, UT 1996
Paul Evan Peters, Coalition for Networked Information, Washington, DC. 1997
Ritvars Bregzis, University of Toronto, Retired, Toronto, Ontario 1998
Sheila Creth, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1999
William Gray Potter, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 2000
Louise Addis, Retired, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) at Stanford University 2001
Sally McCallum, Network Development and MARC Standards Office (NDMSO), Library of Congress 2002
Patricia J. Cutright, Library Director, Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon University 2003

LITA/Library Hi Tech Award For Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science

The Library and Information Technology Association and Emerald Press sponsor an annual LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science. The award, a citation of merit, was offered for the first time in 1993. Emerald Press provides a stipend of $1,000.00 to the award winner each year.

The award many be given to an individual or institution for a single seminal work, or a body of work, taking place within (or continuing into) the five years preceding the award.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding achievement in communication in continuing education within the field of library and information technology.

Nominations for the award may be made by any member of the American Library Association. Nominations are invited and judged by the LITA/Library Hi Tech Awards Committee. A press release from the LITA office will announce details of the nominating process each year.

The Awards Committee is not required to select a recipient if, in the opinion of the Committee, no nomination merits the award in a given year.

Send nominations to the current chairperson of the LITA/Library Hi Tech Awards Committee.

The award will be presented at the LITA President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference.

The following distinguished people have received the award to date:

Charles W. Bailey, Jr., University of Houston Libraries, Houston, TX 1993
Ching-chih Chen, Simmons College, Boston, MA 1994
Walt Crawford, The Research Libraries Group, Mountain View, CA 1995
Continuing Education Services School of Library and Information Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 1996
Larry L. Learn, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, OH 1997
Michael Kaplan, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, IN 1998
Ann S. Okerson, Yale University, New Haven, CT 1999
Mark Hinnebusch, Florida Center for Library Automation, Gainesville, FL 2000
The Digital Imaging and Preservation Research Unit of Cornell University Library 2001
Illinois OCLC Users Group 2002
Roy Tennant, University of California, Oakland, Oakland, CA 2003
Eric Lease Morgan, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 2004
William Gosling,  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2005
Patricia R. Harris,  Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) 2006

LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

The LITA/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship, begun in 1999, is awarded jointly on an annual basis currently in the amount of $3,000, by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, and Informata.com. The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and information technology field, who plan to follow a career in that field, and who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a vision in pursuit of library and information technology. This scholarship is for study in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program.

Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for this scholarship with a statement indicating the nature of their library experience, letters of reference, and a personal statement of the applicant's view of what he or she can bring to the profession, emphasizing experiences that indicate a potential for leadership and commitment to library technology. Candidates must not have earned more than 12 hours towards a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA Accredited MLS program. Economic need is considered when all other criteria are equal.

The winner is announced and introduced, if present, at the LITA President's Program during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association.

The Christian Larew Scholarship Committee reviews the applications and selects the scholarship winner.

Application forms and instructions are available at ALA/Divisions Scholarship Program . All applications, references, and transcripts and other documents must be received no later than March 1st, for that year's scholarship.

The following have received the LITA/Christian Larew Scholarship to date:

Avi Janssen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL 1999
Cynthia Mader, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL 2000
Ohla Olekandrivna Buchel, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL 2001
Josue Hurtado, University of Michigan, MI 2002
William Lund, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 2003
Rachel Howard, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2004
Margaret Lawrence, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2005
Eric Whitfield, Dominican University, River Forest, IL 2006

LITA Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

Please note:  This award was discontinued after the 2005 award

The LITA Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis currently in the amount of $2,500.00, by the Library and Information Technology Association of the American Library Association. The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library automation field who plan to follow a career in that field and who demonstrate potential leadership in, and a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries. This scholarship is for study in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program.

Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for this scholarship with a statement indicating the nature of their library experience, letters of reference, and a personal statement of the applicant's view of what he or she can bring to the profession, emphasizing experiences that indicate a potential for leadership and commitment to library automation. Candidates must not have earned more than 12 hours towards a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA Accredited MLS program. Economic need is considered when all other criteria are equal.

The following have received the LITA Scholarship to date:

Mark A. Dehmlow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL 2003
Kelly Jean Sattler, University of Illinios, Urbana-Champaign, IL 2004
Toshiba Burns-Johnson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 2005

LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

The LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship, established in 1991, is awarded jointly annually by OCLC, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, in the amount of $3,000.00.

The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate potential in and have a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries; and who are qualified members of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic). The recipient must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. This scholarship is for study in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program.

Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for this scholarship with a statement indicating the nature of library experience, by letters of reference, and by the personal statement of the applicant's view of what he or she can bring to the profession, emphasizing experiences that indicate a potential for leadership and commitment to library automation. Candidates must not have earned more than 12 hours towards a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA Accredited MLS program. Economic need is considered when all other criteria are equal.

The winner is announced and introduced, if present, at the LITA President's Program held during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association.

TheOCLC/LSSI Scholarship Committee reviews applications and selects the scholarship winner.

Application forms and instructions are available at ALA/Divisions Scholarship Program . All applications, references, and transcripts and other documents must be received no later than March 1st, for that year's scholarship.

The following have received the LITA/OCLC Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to date:

Alvaro V. Simon, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 1991
Deborah Torres, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1992
Shirley A. Fonseca, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 1993
Joy Barron, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC 1994
Jungia Park Yoon, Catholic University of Washington, Washington, DC 1995
Yin-Fen Pao, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 1996
Julia Leggett, The Catholic University, Washington, DC 1997
Brent Singleton, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 1998
Carrie Hurst, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 1999
Martin Knott, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2000
Marisa Duarte, Catholic University, Washington, DC 2001
Michelle Baildon, Simmons College, Boston, MA 2002
Roxanna Blackson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2003
Robin Mae White, University of Arizona, Tucon, AZ 2004
Andres E. Ciriello, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 2005
Marcos Rodriguez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2006

LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship in Library and Information Technology

The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship, established in 1994, is awarded annually by the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, and Library Systems and Services, Inc., in the amount of $2,500.00.

The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate potential in, and a strong commitment to the use of automated systems in libraries; and who are qualified members of a principal minority group (American Indian or Alaskan native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic). The recipient must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. This scholarship is for study in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program.

Candidates should illustrate their qualifications for this scholarship with a statement indicating the nature of library experience, by letters of reference, and by the personal statement of the applicant's view of what he or she can bring to the profession, emphasizing experiences which indicate a potential for leadership and commitment to library automation. Candidates must not have earned more than 12 hours towards a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA Accredited MLS program. Economic need is considered when all other criteria are equal.

The winner is announced and introduced, if present, at the LITA President's Program held during the Annual Conference of the American Library Association.

The OCLC/LSSI Scholarship Committee reviews the applications and selects the scholarship winner.

Application forms and instructions are available at ALA/Divisions Scholarship Program. All applications, references, and transcripts and other documents must be received no later than March 1st, for that year's scholarship.

The following have received the LITA/LSSI Scholarship in Library and Information Technology to date:

Melaine R. Moon, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 1995
Maurice O. Okereke, Drexel University, Philadelphia,PA 1996
Rosemarie Leon, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 1997
Mantra Henderson, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 1998
Ting Yin, Simmons College, Boston, MA 1999
Tanya Brown, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 2000
Marla Peppers, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 2001
Pete Villasenor, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 2002
Vynarack Xaykao, University of Texas, Austin, TX 2003
Sandra D'Souza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 2004
Han Nguyen, University of California, Los Angeles 2005
Van Bich Thi Tran, Queens College, Flushing, NY 2006