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The Jason Farradane Award is made to an individual or a group of people in recognition of outstanding work in the information profession.
The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the information profession, by meeting one or more of the following criteria:
- raising the profile of the information profession within an organisation or field of endeavour in a way which has become an exemplar to others;
- raising the awareness of the value of information in the workplace;
- demonstrating excellence in education and teaching in information science;
- a major contribution to the theory and practice of information science or information management.
The 2014 Award
UKeiG is pleased to announce that the judges have chosen two winners for the 2014 Jason Farradane Award. The worthy winners are Professor Blaise Cronin and Lucy Tedd.
Blaise Cronin is currently the James H. Rudy Professor Emeritus of Information Science at Indiana University and an Honorary Professor at City University, London, while Lucy Tedd has just retired from the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University. Both winners have demonstrated excellence in the education and teaching of information science and both have raised the profile of the information profession in a way which has become an exemplar to others. Both are deserving winners of The Jason Farradane Award.
Professor Cronin’s career really began at Aslib in 1980, where he worked in the Research and Consultancy Divison alonsgide well-known figures such as John Martyn and Peter Vickers. From there, he was appointed, at age 34, to the Chair of Information Science at the University of Strathclyde, where he was instrumental in raising the profile of both information management and information science throughout the UK. In 1991 he left Glasgow for Bloomington, Indiana when he was appointed Dean of the School of Library and Information Science. He held this post with distinction for almost 20 years while maintained active links with the UK Information Science community, holding visiting professorships at the University of Brighton, Manchester Metropolitan University (where he was the Talis Information Visiting Professor of Information Science), and also Edinburgh Napier University. He is also an active researcher, whose research focuses on collaboration in science, scholarly communication, bibliometrics, citation analysis, the academic reward system and cybermetrics, i.e. where information science and social studies of science intersect. He has also consulted widely.
As would be expected, he is a prolific writer, and his books include: The Web of knowledge (edited with Helen Barsky Atkins; Information Today Inc., 2000); The hand of science (Scarecrow Press, 2005); Beyond bibliometrics (edited with Cassidy Sugimoto; MIT Press, 2014); and Metrics under the microscope (edited with Cassidy Sugimoto, Information Today Inc./ASIST Monograph Series, 2014). He has also published extensively on topics such as information warfare, knowledge management, competitive analysis, digital pornography, and strategic intelligence.
Cronin’s 30 years of innovative research and teaching, coupled with his demonstrated leadership in the fields of information science and information management, make him an eminently worthy winner.
Lucy Tedd, an internationally recognised figure in the field of library management, has been involved with computer systems in libraries since the early 1970s - having been amongst the first undergraduates in the UK to study Computer Science. Later that decade, following a period as Researcher in the College of Librarianship Wales (CLW), she was appointed as Part-Time Lecturer, a post that she held until her retirement in 2013 from the more recent manifestation of the College - the Department of Information Studies (DIS) at Aberystwyth University. She was a committed and highly effective teacher and supervisor at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and, demonstrating commitment to information science education above and beyond her academic remit as Lecturer, she acted as Director of the International Graduate Summer School during the 1990s.
From her early years in academe, Lucy engaged in significant research activity, and has been a prolific author of research and professional reports, articles, and books, including internationally established standard textbooks such as An introduction to computer-based library systems (now in its 3rd edition), Digital Libraries Principles and Practice in a Global Environment (with Professor Andrew Large), Information seeking in the online age: principles and practice (with Professor Andrew Large, and Professor Richard. J. Hartley). These works have had a seminal influence on ILS education worldwide. In addition to her role as author, one of Lucy's most significant contributions to raising the profile of the information profession was as Editor, for over two decades, of the international journal Program: electronic library and information systems. In 2011, Lucy Tedd was awarded an Outstanding Service Award by the Emerald Literati Network to acknowledge her exceptional work and to mark her retirement as Editor. Lucy was great communicator and disseminator of her work, and consequently a frequent participant at international conferences, from the early days of the International Online Meeting in London to more recent major conferences. She has spoken at conferences and courses in very many countries including Argentina, Australia, Brunei, India, Kazakstan, Laos, Lebanon, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand as well as in European countries.
The nomination and the judges felt that Lucy should be acknowledged and rewarded for her sterling work as an international advocate for the information profession throughout her career, both within education and in the wider library and information profession.
The presentation will be made at Internet Librarian International 2014 at the Olympia Conference Centre on Wednesday 22nd October.
Jason Farradane graduated in chemistry in 1929 at what is now Imperial College and started work in industry as a chemist and documentalist. After working in research at the Ministry of Supply and the Admiralty during World War II, he first made an impact with a paper on the scientific approach to documentation at a Royal Society Scientific Information Conference in 1948.
He was instrumental in establishing the Institute of Information Scientists in 1958 and the first academic courses in information science in 1963 at the precursor of City University, where he became Director of the Centre for Information Science in 1966. Of Central European origin, his commitment to science was reflected in the name he created for himself - a combination of Faraday and Haldane, two scientists he particularly admired. On the research side his main contributions lay in relational analysis, which can now perhaps be seen as providing a precursor to work in the area of A.I., and the concept of information. He saw information science as a step towards understanding and better organizing ourselves.
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2014 Professor Blaise Cronin
2013 Professor Charles Oppenheim
2012 Chemoinformatics Research Group, University of Sheffield
2010 Dr. Shawky Salem
2009 not awarded
2008 not awarded
2007 Caroline Williams and the Intute Community Network
2006 University of Warwick Library for The Learning Grid
2005 Michael Koenig, Dean of the College of Information and Computer Science at Long Island University
2004 Julia Chandler, Internet and Intranet Manager at the Department for International Development
2003 London Metropolitan University and the TUC for the web site "The Union Makes us Strong: TUC History Online"
2002 William Hann for Freepint
2001 Professor Bruce Royan for SCRAN