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University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries named recipients of the Elsevier Karen Hunter Memorial Award

Library Connect | Jan 14, 2019

University of Florida


The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries team was presented with the first annual Elsevier Karen Hunter Memorial Award during the recent 2018 ALA Mid-Winter Meeting. The award recognizes their work on a three-year project that demonstrates collaboration between academic libraries and publishers to create interoperable information systems that benefit organizations.


About the project


A team of librarians worked on applying APIs to provide full-text journal articles - both version of record and author manuscripts - via its institutional repository (IR) to highlight the over 8,000 publications per year of the faculty of the University of Florida. This was achieved via the ingestation of article metadata and corresponding linkage to licensed ScienceDirect content. This project saved faculty time and helped them with meeting funder compliance requirements, as it eliminated the need for them to individually contribute their publications to the IR. The project also saved library staff time as they did not have to solicit the articles from the faculty.


The team members include:


  • Laurie Taylor
  • Chelsea Dinsmore
  • Robert Phillips
  • Christy Shorey
  • Todd Digby
  • Ben Walker
  • Judith Russell
  • Laura Spears



About the award


The Elsevier Karen Hunter Memorial Award was established in 2018 to honor the legacy of Karen Hunter. The award recognizes demonstrated evidence of the desire to encourage collaborations between librarians and publishers or exemplar experience with advancing information dissemination via technology. This evidence can be a project, a product, a publication, a program event, a testimony, etc. The awardee is selected by Elsevier’s North American Library Advisory Board (NALAB). Starting next year, an open call for award nominations by colleagues will be issued.


About Karen Hunter


In her four decades at Elsevier, Karen Hunter led groundbreaking initiatives in scholarly communications in partnership with the research community.


Karen led many pioneering initiatives within Elsevier and the industry, starting with scanned journal content on CD-ROMs for the ADONIS project in the 1980s and leading to the development of Elsevier’s flagship online product, ScienceDirect. She helped conceive CrossRef and other digital projects including TULIP (the University Licensing Program) and PEAK (Pricing Electronic Access to Knowledge), while also playing a key role in library archiving projects such as Portico and JSTOR.


Karen also served as an advisor and reviewer for the Elsevier Foundation’s Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program. She played a key role in the founding of Hinari, the first of the Research4Life programs, which enables low- and middle-income countries to gain access to biomedical and health literature. And she was a judge for Research4Life case study competitions, which helped demonstrate the impact librarians have as ambassadors for research in developing countries.


In 2013, Elsevier’s Digital Libraries Symposium at the ALA Mid-Winter Meeting was renamed the Hunter Forum to honor Karen’s many contributions and legacy.


Congratulations to the University of Florida Libraries team on their achievement and on earning the inaugural Elsevier Karen Hunter Memorial Award.