James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and university librarian at Columbia University, has been chosen to receive the American Library Association’s 2009 Melvil Dewey Medal Award, sponsored by OCLC. This prestigious professional honor [is] given in recognition of creative leadership of high order....
Neal an effective spokesman for and to the library community career spans more than 35 years. A nominator commented “Jim Neal is one of the most well-known and widely respected leaders in the library world today. As an advocate for sensible and supportive intellectual property policy and for effective open access to scholarly research, he has helped shape the national debate on these topics, influenced the direction of government policy, and served as a respected, effective voice for the library profession....”
[From Winston Tabb, chairman of the award jury:] “Among the achievements specially noted by the Dewey jury and the colleagues who wrote in support of this award were...his long-standing role in promoting changes in scholarly communication, most notably as a leader in the development of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition whose steering committee he chaired during its years of major growing impact....”
PS: Also see our past posts on Neal. (Congratulations, Jim!)
Peter Suber at 5/22/2009 04:58:00 PM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.