Emerald Group Publishing discontinued this award starting in 2021.
From 1993-2020, winners received an award and a stipend of $1,000 from Emerald Group Publishing.
The award was 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 was to recognize outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology through communication in continuing education within the field of library and information technology.
The following distinguished people received the Award:
- 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, 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
- Priscilla Caplan, Florida Center for Library Automation, 2007
- Helene Blowers, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 2008
- Meredith Farkas, Norwich University, VT, 2009
- Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University, 2010
- John Wilkin, University of Michigan, 2011
- Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), 2012
- Brewster Kahle, 2013
- Victoria Reich and David Rosentha, Stanford University Library, 2014
- David Walker, California State University, 2015
- Dan Cohen, Digital Public Library of America, 2016
- Ellyssa Kroski, New York Law Institute, 2017
- Heather Moulaison Sandy, University of Missouri, 2018
- NCSU Libraries, North Carolina State University, 2019
- Alison Macrina, Library Freedom Project, 2020
Visit the LITA Awards & Scholarships page for information on additional LITA awards.