The award consists of $2,000, an expense-paid trip to the ALA Annual Conference, and a citation of merit.
"The Kilgour Award Committee takes great pleasure in acknowledging the important work and contributions of Ching-chih Chen, whose research has led to significant achievements in the areas of global digital libraries, multimedia technology, digital imaging, interactive videodisc technology, global information infrastructure, and information management," said Qiang Jin, chair of the award committee.
The award was established to honor the achievements of Frederick G. Kilgour, the founder of OCLC and a seminal figure in library automation. 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. Chen has advocated the concept of the world digital library since 1993. Among her latest achievements is her Global Memory Net supported by the National Science Foundation's International Digital Library Program—a gateway to world cultural, historical, and heritage multimedia resources. It is an integrated world digital image library or portal which is seamlessly linked to all relevant multimedia sources—audio files, videos, and texts. Global Memory Net will be launched for universal access at the end of June 2006.
With James Z. Wang of Penn State University and Jian-bo Shi of the University of Pennsylvania as co-PIs, Chen is exploring Global Memory Net's recent NSF-funded R&D project entitled "International Collaboration to Advance User-oriented Technologies for Managing and Distributing Images in Digital Libraries" with the aim of anticipating user needs by enhancing universal access and promoting more direct and immediate learning for knowledge acquisition in a way not possible before.
Chen received a master's degree in Library and Information Science from University of Michigan in 1961 and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1974. She has been a professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, since 1971 and was associate dean from 1979-1998. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she served as a member of the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1998-2002.
Chen will be accepting the award at the LITA President's Program on Sunday, 25 June 2006 at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.
The Frederick G. Kilgour Award
The Library and Information Technology Association