LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award winner announced

Contact: Mary Taylor




For Immediate Release

May 22, 2009

CHICAGO – T. Michael Silver, currently enrolled in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, has been named the winner of the 2009 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Silver's paper, entitled "Monitoring Network and Service Availability with Open-Source Software," describes the implementation of a network monitoring system used to automatically alert systems administration personnel in the event of an interruption of service on a library's systems servers or wide area network.

The LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award recognizes outstanding writing on a topic 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 will receive $1,000 and a certificate of merit.

"The members of the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award Committee and I are pleased to acknowledge and honor Michael Silver's sophisticated, yet entirely practical and readable manuscript, with this award. His paper includes a brief literature review, a sensible tutorial on the implementation of Nagios software and a discussion of policy issues related to monitoring," said Barbara Spivey, chair of the committee.

"Ex Libris believes in libraries, their accessibility to users and offering superior information services using best-of-breed software, be it open source, proprietary or a combination," said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris North America. "We are very pleased to recognize Mr. Silver's important work."

The award will be presented at the LITA President's Program on Sunday, July 12th, at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

LITA, with over 4,000 members, has been serving the needs of the library and information technology community since 1966. Its mission is to educate, serve,

and reach out to that community through its programs, publications and other activities.