18 June 2012
De Gruyter Saur / IFLA Research Paper Award 2012 Winner
Berlin, June 18, 2012
De Gruyter Saur and IFLA are delighted to announce that the winner of the De Gruyter Saur IFLA Research Paper Award 2012 is Adam Girard with his paper "E-books are Not Books: The Challenges and Chances in the New Media Context". The author is Ph.D. student at the School of Information and Library Studies, University College Dublin (Ireland).
The author receives prize money of EUR 1.000 donated by De Gruyter Saur and is invited to attend the President's Lunch at the Annual IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Finland in August 2012.
This year's topic of the De Gruyter Saur IFLA Research Paper Award was: "Libraries and eBooks, challenges and chances". The jury - assembled by IFLA Governing Board member Paul Whitney, Harald Müller (Expert member of the IFLA Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM)), Stuart Hamilton (IFLA's Director of Policy & Advocacy) and Ingeborg Verheul (IFLA's Director of Communications & Services) - unanimously agreed on their selection:
Girard's paper is clearly on topic and provides a well-researched and thoughtful overview. By classifying e-books not as books but as new media, it opens up new ways of thinking for librarians, publishers and other stakeholders, in providing access to e-books in the near future."
The award is aimed at encouraging research and publication by those relatively new to the profes-sion. Adam Girard has worked as metadata librarian at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL (USA) and as audiovisual librarian Highland Park Public Library, Highland Park, IL (USA). His awarded paper will be published by De Gruyter Saur.
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