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February 22, 2006

Primer to follow: Librarian Awarded for Open Access Activism

Ray English, Director of Libraries at Oberlin College and champion of OA, has received the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award. From today's announcement (thanks to Peter Suber OANews Blog):

“Ray English is an influential librarian,” said award committee chair Les Canterbury. “He is a leader in various organizations on state and national levels including the Oberlin Group of Liberal Arts Colleges, OhioLINK, ACRL, and other units of the American Library Association. Under his direction, Oberlin College has led a Mellon Foundation initiative involving six academic libraries that's designed to attract a more diverse population to the library profession through undergraduate internships. “English's greatest impact as a librarian, perhaps, and the area of his work that stands out to the selection committee, is his advocacy for open access to the results of scholarly research.

The breadth and depth of his knowledge of issues related to dissemination of scholarly output, and his commitment to access to information, led to his leadership role in information policy-setting arenas. He has been a primary leader of the ACRL scholarly communications program, has been active in the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and has fostered close cooperation on scholarly communications issues among ACRL, SPARC, and the Association of Research Libraries. In addition, and on a larger stage, he has influenced, as an expert contributor, national policy on public access to federally-funded research, including the recent National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy.”

PS: Ray is also one of the most active and effective members of the Open Access Working Group. Congratulations, Ray! Update. Also see Rani Molla, Librarian Ray English Wins National Award, Oberlin Review, February 24, 2006.

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