LITA/Library Hi Tech Award winner announced

Contact: Mary Taylor


ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

June 2001

LITA/Library Hi Tech Award winner announced

The Digital Imaging and Preservation Research Unit of Cornell University Library is the winner of the 2001 Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology. The award is sponsored by MCB University Press, publisher of
Library Hi Tech, and LITA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

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

Under the direction of librarians Anne Kenney and Oya Rieger, the Digital Imaging and Preservation Research Unit of Cornell University Library is known internationally for its research, publication and instruction on digital imaging in libraries and archives. Pioneering theoretical work, such as the establishment of quality benchmarks for digital imaging, the Unit also provides strong and highly visible leadership in defining and advocating a coordinated, managerial approach to digital library programs.

"The Digital Imaging and Preservation Research Unit of Cornell University Library's outstanding contributions in research, continuing education and information sharing increase the ability of libraries to preserve information for future generations," Award Committee Chair Sally M. Roberts said.

"The unit has never viewed its extensive research as an end in itself, but also has seen the dissemination of its work and experience as one of its most essential responsibilities," said Kenney.

Its extensive volume of publishing includes an award-winning guide to digital imaging technologies and processes, designed expressly for libraries and archives. Publications are accessible and practical, and provide tools and techniques that can be readily adapted by other organizations. Since 1995, the unit has offered workshops and institutes in a comprehensive continuing education program devoted exclusively to digital imaging.

The award will be presented at the LITA President's Program Monday, June 18, 2001, at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 14-20, 2001.