Information World Review sponsors the Information Professional of the Year Award every year and the winner was announced just after the conference programme finished at 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday. Peter Williams, editor of IWR, talked about the increased international aspects of the profession and I really thought he was going to announce that the award had gone to a non-European info pro. Not quite. He announced that a secondary award, a commendation, had gone to Deb Hunt for her work in establishing the SLA 23 things initiative. Deb is an American, on the board of SLA and an independent information professional working in California. The winner of the full award was Hazel Hall of Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Executive Secretary of the Library & Information Science Research Coalition. She couldn’t have been more surprised and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. She is so deserviing of this award. In fact, several people around me said “Hasn’t she already won this?” But no, she hadn’t.
A superb choice for Information Professional of the Year!