For immediate release | March 27, 2012

Clifford Lynch named 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award winner

CHICAGO – Clifford Lynch has been named the winner of the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. Emerald Group Publishing Limited and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) sponsor the award.

The award recognizes outstanding persons or institutions for their long-term contributions in the area of library and information science technology and its application. It consists of $1,000 and a certificate of merit.

Art Hendricks, LITA/Hi Tech Award Committee chair, said, “Arguably few people have done more to disseminate ideas and deepen our knowledge about the digital future than Clifford Lynch.”

Dr. Lynch has been the executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology to enhance scholarship and intellectual life.

Dr. Lynch holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where he is an adjunct professor in the School of Information. Prior to joining CNI, Dr. Lynch spent 18 years in the Office of the President at UC Berkeley, including 10 years as Director of Library Automation.

He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (and recipient of their Award of Merit), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the National Information Standards Organization. In 2011 he was appointed co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information. He serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees and is much sought as a speaker at conferences.

The Library and Information Technology Association and Emerald, the publisher of Library Hi Tech, are pleased to present the 2012 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award to Clifford Lynch for his outstanding contributions to communication in library technology.The award will be presented at the LITA President's Program on Sunday June 24, 2012 at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.


Established in 1966, LITAis the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership including systems librarians, library administrators, library technologists, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. For more information about LITA go to, or contact the LITA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4268; or e-mail:

About Emerald

Established in 1967, Emerald Group Publishing has become the world’s leading scholarly publisher of journals and books in business and management with a strong and growing presence in disciplines including library and information science, social sciences, engineering, linguistics and audiology. In total, Emerald publishes over 700 titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book series as well as an extensive range of online products and services. Emerald is both COUNTER and TRANSFER compliant. The organization is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation.


Mary Taylor