Frederick G. Kilgour Award Recipient Named for 2011

Dr. Daniel J. Cohen, associate professor of history and art history at George Mason University and director of the Center for History and New Media, is the winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology for 2011. LITA, the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, sponsors the award together with OCLC. The award committee chose Dr. Cohen from a strong field of nominated leaders whose work has positively impacted libraries and information technology.

With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Dr. Cohen leads the development of the free, open-source Zotero ( software for managing and sharing research sources. Zotero is currently implemented as a set of Web browser and word processor plug-ins that can synchronize citations and other information with a public server, which also serves as a social network and discovery platform for fellow researchers. Work is currently underway to develop a stand-alone implementation of Zotero for Windows, Linux and Macintosh operating systems as well as plug-ins for a broader range of Web browsers.

Cohen’s scholarship includes the exploration of digital humanities and pursuing new ways to collect and preserve history on the Web. He has directed several archival projects, including the September 11 Digital Archive, ECHO: Exploring & Collecting History Online, and the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Preserving the Stories of Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Cohen is the author of four books and has delivered dozens of papers and featured presentations at venues of interest to library technologists.

The Kilgour award, which is jointly sponsored by LITA and OCLC, 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 are manipulated and managed.

The Kilgour Award recipient receives $2,000, a citation and an expenses-paid trip to the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, where the award will be presented on June 26th.

Members of the 2011 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Award committee are:

  • Michael Witt (chair)
    Purdue University
  • Patrick J. Mullin (past chair)
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Zinthia Briceno-Rosales
    Washington State University
  • Ronald A. Peterson
    University of Delaware
  • H. Frank Cervone
    Purdue University-Calumet
  • Mona C. Couts
    LITA board liaison
  • Roy Tennant
    OCLC liaison

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The Frederick G. Kilgour Award

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