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Friday, August 15, 2008

Rima Kupryte recognized for her work on info sharing and OA

Rima Kupryte, Director of Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL) was awarded the 2008 IFLA Medal for her work on global information sharing, including OA.  From yesterday's announcement:

...The IFLA Medal is one of the highest professional accolades  and is awarded to an individual for their distinguished contribution to international librarianship.

Rima Kupryte received the award in recognition of her groundbreaking work with the Open Society Institute (OSI) and in sharing information at a global level....

“eIFL is extremely fortunate to have had Rima at its helm”, said Hannie Sander, Chairperson of the Advisory Board. "Rima has worked with amazing energy to build eIFL up from a small project into a global network encompassing 50 countries and more than 4,400 libraries. Under her leadership, program areas have expanded from bulk licensing of e-resources and support for the development of sustainable library consortia, to advocacy and capacity building in open access and local institutional repositories, fair copyright laws and the benefits of open source solutions for library management systems....”

Comment.  Rima is one of the original 16 signers of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, and under her leadership eIFL has become a major force in promoting OA in transition and developing countries.  See for example OAN's 73 past posts on eIFL's OA projects.  Congratulations, Rima, on this richly deserved honor.