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MSI student Colby Lewis wins LITA/Ex Libris Writing Award

Tuesday, 04/24/2018

MSI student Colby Lewis has won the 2018 LITA/Ex Libris Writing Award for her paper “The Open Access Citation Advantage: Does It Exist and What Does It Mean for Libraries?"  

The award is sponsored by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) a division of the American Library Association, and ProQuest company Ex Libris, a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. The award recognizes outstanding writing on libraries and information technology by students in ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate programs. 

Chair of the selection committee, Eric Phetteplace, called Lewis’ paper “educational and well-written,” stating, “it provided a comprehensive review of the scholarship assessing the open access citation advantage." Ultimately, he says, the paper displayed “excellent treatment of a timely and important topic."

Lewis is “excited and honored” to accept the 2018 LITA/Ex Libris Writing Award. She’ll receive $1,000, a certificate of merit and “The Open Access Citation Advantage” will be published in LITA's peer reviewed journal, Information Technology and Libraries

Lewis believes “access to information, and the guidance and knowledge of how to use it effectively, is essential to creating an equitable education system.” After obtaining her Master of Science in Information degree, she hopes to empower others by ”making information more accessible in a variety of formats… providing sustainable solutions for the maintenance and accessibility of open access platforms, thereby providing all communities and individuals easier access to digital materials.”

She expressed her gratitude to Professors Levine and Courant for encouraging her and is looking forward to continuing her research and publishing her paper.

by Brooke White, UMSI Editorial Assistant