Bill Moen is 2005 OCLC/LITA Kilgour Award Winner

William E. Moen of the University of North Texas is the winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology for 2005. OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, sponsor the award.

"The Kilgour Award Committee is pleased to acknowledge the work of William Moen, whose research into protocols and standards for information retrieval, and investigations into interoperability and metadata utilization, are making important contributions to improving the ways library systems communicate," said Heidi Hanson, chair of the award committee.

Moen's research into the evolution of the Z39.50 protocol for information retrieval as a means to address the complex challenges of intersystem communication was followed by his participation in the group that developed the Bath Profile. The Bath Profile, an internationally registered Z39.50 profile, is designed to provide effective interoperability between electronic library catalogs and other database applications. Implemented by library automation vendors in a number of countries, application of the Bath Profile has improved search and retrieval of electronic information resources worldwide.

Serving as chair of the National Information Standards Organization Standards Committee AV, Moen continued his work on standards with the development of the U.S. National Z39.50 Profile for Library Applications (ANSI/NISO Z39.89), which uses the Bath Profile as a core subset. Implementation of the U.S. National Profile by systems developers will improve interoperability among diverse library bibliographic systems.

Moen's most recent research activity focuses on examining current metadata practices to inform future metadata use. Building upon an earlier investigation conducted by Moen to assess the utilization of the rich encoding and content designation scheme of the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data, Moen and co-researcher Shawne D. Miksa are currently engaged in a research project to carry out a systematic examination of MARC content designation. The findings from this research will be of significant use and benefit to the library and other metadata communities, by providing empirically based information to those involved with MARC maintenance and its evolution, and those developing metadata or other schemas for bibliographic data.

William Moen received a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University in 1988, and a Ph. D. in Information Transfer from Syracuse University in 1998. Moen is associate professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas, and interim director of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge .

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. The award consists of $2,000, an expense paid trip to the ALA Annual Conference, and a citation of merit. Moen will be accepting the award at the LITA President's Program on Sunday, June 26, 2005 at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

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