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OCLC Research Software Architect Jeff Young honored as Kent State University SLIS Alumnus of the Year

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 31 October 2012—Jeff Young, Software Architect, OCLC Research, has been honored as Kent State University's Library and Information Science Alumnus of the Year.

Mr. Young received the award during the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Alumni and Friends Honors and Awards Program held October 23 at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio. He was selected for his significant accomplishments using Linked Data to increase the presence and discoverability of library data and materials on the Web.

"Jeff has played a major role in many important Web services, protocols, and innovations that have impacted all library services in the digital age," said Don Wicks, Interim Director, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, in his introduction.

Mr. Young was the Team Leader for projects such as Bookmarklets, which is used in WorldCat Local; PURL (Persistent URLs), a naming and resolution service for general Internet resources; WorldCat Registry, a Web-based directory for libraries and library consortia, to name just a few. Most recently he has been recognized for his work in projects related to Linked Data, for example in the Virtual International Authority File service that virtually combines many library authority files from many nations into a single name authority service; in WorldCat Linked Data; and in the W3C Linked Library Data Incubator Group reports.

"Your libraries and the Web are better able to meet your information needs today because of the work of people like Jeff Young," Dr. Wicks told the group of mostly library professionals.

Mr. Young earned his Master of Library Science degree from Kent State's School of Library and Information Science in 2002.

More information about the Kent State School of Library and Information Science is available at www.kent.edu/slis.

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