ZBW receives LIBER Award for Library Innovation – again

The German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics awarded with international innovation prize for academic libraries

Kiel/Hamburg, 5 April 2012: For the second time, the ZBW takes home the LIBER Award for Library Innovation which honours sustained and future-oriented strategies for academic libraries and infrastructure providers. The innovation prize is awarded to Sven Vlaeminck for his contribution “Data Management in scholarly journals and possible roles for libraries – some insights from EdaWaX”.

The ZBW receives the LIBER Award for Library Innovation for the second time. In 2011, the prize was awarded to Professor Klaus Tochtermann and Dr Tamara Pianos for their contribution ”The Role of Libraries In the Future Internet”. This year the innovation award goes to Sven Vlaeminck and his paper “Data Management in scholarly journals and possible roles for libraries – some insights from EdaWaX”, chosen along with two others from all submitted papers. In his paper Vlaeminck discusses the findings of an investigation into the management of research data in economics journals as well as the future role of libraries in this increasingly important field of activity.

The LIBER Award honours contributions which best describe innovative work in libraries. The specific criteria for the Award selection are:

  • Level of innovation
  • Impact on the wider library community
  • Scalability of the idea
  • Expected return-on-investment

To receive the LIBER Award in two consecutive years is a validation of our persistent innovation efforts,” says Professor Klaus Tochtermann and continues: “At the ZBW we design comprehensive research and innovation projects based on our research strategy formulated in 2010 and implement them step-by-step in all departments.”

The winners will receive their LIBER Awards during a ceremony at the 41st Annual Conference “Mobilising the knowledge economy for Europe” on 30 June 2012 in Tartu/Estonia. The LIBER Award for Library Innovation was instituted by LIBER, with support from Elsevier.

About EDaWaX:

EDaWaX is a joint project of the ZBW and RatSWD (German Data Forum), funded by the German Research Foundation and supported by the INNO-tec Institute at LMU Munich and the IMRS-CI. One of the project’s objectives is the development of a publication-related data archive that enables editors of economics journals to make not only articles searchable and retrievable, but also their underlying research data. The project also analyses which incentives would encourage economists to submit their research data in addition to their articles. Within this context the project also examines whether the journals’ current guidelines support the repurposing of research data.

About the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics:

The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest information centre for economic literature, online as well as offline. Today the institution holds more than 4 million volumes and subscribes to 32,000 periodicals and journals. In addition, the ZBW provides the fastest-growing collection of Open Access documents on the internet: EconStor, the digital publication server, currently gives free access to more than 37,000 articles and working papers. EconBiz, the search engine for international economic information, allows students and researchers to search among nine million datasets. The ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics, and in cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy produces the Peer Review Journal Economics based on the principle of Open Access. The ZBW is a member of the Leibniz Association and has been a foundation under public law since 2007.

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