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G. Sayeed Choudhury named recipient of 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 19 March 2012—G. Sayeed Choudhury has been named recipient of the 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The award, co-sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed.

Mr. Choudhury was selected by the award jury for his leadership in the field of data curation through the National Science Foundation supported Data Conservancy project, which expands the capabilities of research libraries in serving researchers and the institutions of which they are a part, and for his ongoing impact on the field of librarianship in applying the principles of librarianship to the curation and preservation of digital data.

Mr. Shoudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. In addition, he is a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Council, the DuraSpace Board and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). He has served as principal investigator for projects funded through the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Microsoft Research. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy, one of the awards through NSF's DataNet program. 

When notified that was selected as this year’s winner, Mr. Choudhury said: "I am deeply honored by this award. I have been very fortunate throughout my career to work with exceptional colleagues within the Sheridan Libraries and throughout the Libraries within Johns Hopkins University. Additionally, I've had the pleasure and benefit of working with colleagues throughout our entire community so I hope they share this recognition with me. I look forward to more opportunities to collaborate and advance the important work that lies ahead for libraries."

As the 2012 Kilgour Award recipient, Mr. Choudhury will receive $2,000, a citation, hotel accommodations and airfare to and from the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, where he will be presented with the award on June 24.

Members of the 2012 Frederick G. Kilgour Award committee are: Nancy Roderer, Johns Hopkins University (chair); Michael Witt, Purdue University (past chair); Jason Battles, The University of Alabama; Cecilia Schmitz, Auburn University; David King, LITA board liaison; and Roy Tennant, OCLC liaison. For more information on the Kilgour Award and other ALA awards, please visit www.lita.org.

About LITA
Established in 1966, LITA is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of over 3,000 systems librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. For more information, visit www.lita.org, or contact the LITA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4268; or e-mail: lita@ala.org

OCLC Research is one of the world’s leading centers devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries in a rapidly changing information environment. It works with the community to collaboratively identify problems and opportunities, prototype and test solutions, and share findings through publications, presentations and professional interactions. For more information, visit www.oclc.org/research.

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