Made to an individual or a group of people in recognition of outstanding work in the information profession.
- 2016 Winner announced: Hazel Hall, Professor of Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University
Jason Farradane graduated in chemistry in 1929 at what is now Imperial College and started work in industry as a chemist and documentalist. After working in research at the Ministry of Supply and the Admiralty during World War II, he first made an impact with a paper on the scientific approach to documentation at a Royal Society Scientific Information Conference in 1948.
He was instrumental in establishing the Institute of Information Scientists in 1958 and the first academic courses in information science in 1963 at the precursor of City University, where he became Director of the Centre for Information Science in 1966. Of Central European origin, his commitment to science was reflected in the name he created for himself - a combination of Faraday and Haldane, two scientists he particularly admired. On the research side his main contributions lay in relational analysis, which can now perhaps be seen as providing a precursor to work in the area of A.I., and the concept of information. He saw information science as a step towards understanding and better organizing ourselves.
The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the information profession, by meeting one or more of the following criteria:
- raising the profile of the information profession within an organisation or field of endeavour in a way which has become an exemplar to others;
- raising the awareness of the value of information in the workplace;
- demonstrating excellence in education and teaching in information science;
- a major contribution to the theory and practice of information science.
UKeiG is pleased to announce that the winner for 2016 is Hazel Hall, well-known international teacher and scholar in the multidisciplinary domain of Library and Information Science (LIS). Her major contributions are in both theory and practice. In terms of theory, her main contributions have been in advancing knowledge and understanding of information sharing in online environments. Her contributions to practice are evident in a number of original initiatives, for example, in 2011/12 she led the creation of a UK network for LIS researchers and researcher practitioners. Hazel Hall’s work has also raised the awareness of the value of information in the workplace, as evident in the number of business organisations that have drawn on her research outputs in their own practice. In addition, her contributions have influenced the strategic direction of a number of professional bodies, and research funders. Since the early 1990s Hazel has enjoyed numerous high profile and prestigious appointments, invitations and prizes from research councils, professional bodies, publishers, conference programme committees, and universities worldwide. Her work on information sharing in online environments has led to the generation of new knowledge and understanding across a range of themes including: power relations in knowledge management; the agency of non-human actors in technology implementations; co-operation and collaboration in online communities; knowledge creation processes and innovation; and knowledge management as management innovation. She is committed to sharing her knowledge and expertise which further raises the value of her work to the profession. Hall’s influence goes beyond her ‘home’ discipline of LIS. For example, in 2012 she was appointed to the 12-person committee that reviewed the £130 million investment in Research Councils UK (RCUK) Digital Economy (DE) Programme.
Further details of Hazel's nomination can be found on the 2016 Award page.