Meredith Farkas named 2009 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award winner

Contact: Mary Taylor
Executive Director, LITA
312-280-4267
mtaylor@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
February 18, 2009

CHICAGO – Meredith Farkas has been named the winner of the 2009 LITA/Library Hi Tech  award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in communicating to educate practitioners within the library field in library and information technology. It consists of $1,000 and a certificate of merit.

Farkas  is the head of Instructional Initiatives at Norwich University in Vermont, where she previously served as Distance Learning Librarian. She is known in the library world for her writing and is a frequent speaker at national and local conferences but is perhaps most passionate about sharing knowledge and supporting affordable professional development opportunities for library workers.  She was the creative force behind the online course "Five Weeks to a Social Library," the first grassroots, free, online course devoted to teaching librarians and library staff how to use social tools like blogs, wikis and Flickr in their own libraries. She frequently posts information about and best practices for online learning opportunities on her blog, "Information Wants to be Free." Her 2007 book “Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online” provides a practical introduction to social technologies such as blogs and wikis and their use in libraries. Farkas was recognized in 2006 as a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.

The award will be presented at the LITA President's Program on Sunday, July 12, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.