Knowledge Trust Honors ceremony awards eight

Sept. 20, 2007 - Hollywood’s Emmy Awards had nothing on a special award ceremony in Chapel Hill, NC Monday evening that honored the best of the best in information and library science and information technology.

The black tie event, the second annual Knowledge TrustSM Honors award program, recognized eight who are making a significant difference in their fields. This year’s award categories included: Access, Education, Exploration, Innovation, Next-Generation Leadership, Preservation and two Lifetime Achievement awards.

The honorees are Thomas S. Blanton, director, National Security Archive, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; Jeffrey Elkner, project leader, Open Book Project and teacher, Arlington County Public Schools, Arlington, VA; John Hanke, director, Google Earth and Maps, Mountain View, CA; Pamela Jones, founder and editor of Groklaw; Brewster Kahle, digital librarian, director and co-founder, the Internet Archive, San Francisco, CA; Ryan P. Allis, co-founder and chief executive officer, iContact, Durham, NC; Thomas Barnett, graphic designer, writer and digital artist, Chapel Hill, NC; and David P. Reed, information scientist, adjunct professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory, Cambridge, MA and HP Fellow at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.

“Those honored tonight were selected from an extraordinary group of nominees and were, despite lengthy discussion and review, unanimously the choices of the judging committee,” said Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, dean of the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science and founding chair of The Knowledge TrustSM and the Louis Round Wilson Academy. “The winners are those who challenge the status quo. They represent what can happen when innovation, entrepreneurship and a willing spirit takes hold.” (more…)