LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award winner announced

Contact: Mary Taylor, LITA Director


For Immediate Release

June 13, 2003

LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award winner announced

Joyce Friedlander, currently enrolled in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, has been named the winner of the 2003 Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)/Endeavor Student Writing Award, sponsored by Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. and LITA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award recognizes outstanding writing in the area of libraries and information technology by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate program. The winning manuscript will be published in
Information Technology and Libraries (
ITAL), and the winner receives $1,000 and a certificate of merit.

“Technology opens the door of opportunity for today's library staff to provide the top level service that their users need,” said Roland Dietz, Endeavor president and CEO. “Endeavor Information Systems is proud to partner with LITA for this award that recognizes the potential in today’s library students.”

Friedlander’s paper, “A Review of the Unified Medical Language System” examines the history and use of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) knowledge sources and software products available through the National Library of Medicine, which have been under continuous development since 1986.

“Joyce’s research is clearly presented on a timely and useful topic that is highly relevant to libraries and related information technology used by libraries,” said Jane Mandelbaum, chair of the award committee. “Publication of her paper will contribute to the education of the library profession.
I am very pleased to recognize Joyce's thorough research and exceptional manuscript with this award.”

The award will be presented at the LITA President's Program on Monday, June 23, 2003, at the ALA Annual Conference in Toronto.