Metadata expert Jane Greenberg to receive Kilgour Research Award

Contact: Mary Taylor

Executive Director, LITA

(312) 280-4267

For Immediate Release,

February 19, 2008

Metadata expert Jane Greenberg to receive Kilgour Research Award

CHICAGO - Dr. Jane Greenberg, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, is the winner of the 2008 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The Kilgour Award, sponsored by OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), recognizes outstanding research that advances information science and information retrieval. The Award will be presented to Dr. Greenberg at the ALA/LITA conference in June 2008 in Anaheim Calif.

“Jane Greenberg is the perfect match for this Award,” said Pat Harris, who chairs the award jury. “Today libraries are embracing the digital information environment. This transition, however, has presented unprecedented challenges. Jane Greenberg's research on metadata creation processes and techniques and her contributions to the development of new metadata tools is helping us address these challenges in an informed and systematic way. Greenberg's research interests have also led her to work closely with related professional communities at the national and international levels. As a result Jane has been an ambassador for the library community, demonstrating the value of the library science and library technology skill-set to web pioneers and scientists.”

Greenberg's research activities and publications have been extensive and prolific. Among Greenberg's significant undertakings are the Metadata Generation Research Project to identify the most efficient way to generate metadata using human and automatic techniques and the Automatic Generation Applications Project, which helped identify functionalities required for developing robust automatic metadata generation applications.

Dr. Greenberg received a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Columbia University in 1987 and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. She was named the Francis Carroll McColl Term Professor at the School of Information and Library Science in 2007. Greenberg also serves as the director of the Metadata Research Center at UNC.

The Kilgour award was established to honor the achievements of Frederick G. Kilgour, the founder of OCLC and a legendary figure in the evolution of libraries. The award is given to a person who has amassed a significant body of research in the field of library and information technology. Particular recognition is given to research which results in a positive and substantive impact on the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information. The award consists of $2,000, an expense paid trip to the ALA Annual Conference and a citation of merit.

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, the oldest and largest library association in the world.