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2014 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

CHICAGO — Brighid Mooney Gonzales, MLIS degree candidate at San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, has been named the winner of the 2014 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award, sponsored by Ex Libris Group and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Gonzales’s paper, titled “Linking Libraries to the Web: Linked Data and the Future of the Bibliographic Record,” describes the potential use of linked data to make library catalogs and online resources interoperable with other data across the Web.

“The members of the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award Committee are pleased to acknowledge and honor with this award Brighid Mooney Gonzales’s thought-provoking manuscript, which addresses the benefits and challenges of linked data to libraries and library users,” said Regina Koury, chair of the committee.  “Ms. Gonzales’s manuscript elucidates the complex topic, making a strong case for libraries to continue researching the potential use of linked data.”

The LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award recognizes outstanding writing on a topic in the area of libraries and information technology by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate program. The winning manuscript will be published in Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and the winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of merit.

The award will be presented at the LITA Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 29, 2014 during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

More information about the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award is available on the LITA website.

About Ex Libris

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About LITA

Established in 1966, LITA is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of over 3,000 systems librarians, library technologists, library administrators, library schools, vendors and many others interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers.  For more information, visit