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Libraries presents Open Access Award to Ian BellPurdue University Libraries has awarded Ian Bell, PhD, with Purdue’s Open Access Award for his outstanding contributions to broadening the reach of the Purdue’s Herrick Laboratories’ conference series. His significant investment of time, resources, energy and forethought in the preparation of papers and descriptive, metadata information and deposit within Purdue e-Pubs, and his service to Herrick Labs, the School of Mechanical Engineering, the College of Engineering, Purdue University and scholars around the world, will greatly enhance the transfer of knowledge from the University by building bridges to scholarship made available through the Libraries.

The Scholarly Communication Committee, along with Libraries Dean, Jim Mullins; Tim Sands, Purdue provost; Anil Bajaj, head of Mechanical Engineering; Patricia Davies, director of Herrick Laboratories; and James Braun, Ian Bell’s advisor and Herrick professor of mechanical engineering, were in attendance for the award presentation, which was given prior to this year’s Open Access Week as Bell will be out of the country during this year’s week-long celebration.

Libraries awards a person or group on campus that has made an exceptional contribution to extending the reach of scholarship affiliated with Purdue through collaboration with Purdue initiatives and by embracing the challenging of expanding the global reach and impact of our collected works. The award is given in appreciation for the real-world application of forward-thinking principles and actions.

The 2011 Open Access Week will take place October 24-30.