Hollie White awarded 2009 Zipf Fellowship

Release date: 
May 28, 2009

Photo of Hollie WhiteSILS doctoral student, Hollie C. White, has been awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) 2009 A.R. Zipf Fellowship.

The award was established by the CLIR in honor of A. R. Zipf, "a pioneer in information management systems." The prestigious fellowship is awarded annually to a student who is enrolled in graduate school, in the early stages of study, and who shows exceptional promise for leadership and technical achievement in information management.

"I am extremely pleased that Hollie has been granted this award," said Dr. Jane Greenberg, Francis Carroll McColl Term Professor at SILS. "Her dissertation research is cutting edge, and she is examining the convergence and challenges associated with linking personal and formal knowledge organization systems.  Her research leadership is exceptional, showing she is very deserving of this award.” 

White is a doctoral research fellow at the SILS Metadata Research Center working on the National Science Foundation funded Dryad repository project, and the lead doctoral researcher on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded "Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering” (HIVE) project. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. with a research focus on metadata, the evolution of technical services in academic and law libraries, interdisciplinary knowledge organization, scientific organization of data. She plans to teach INLS 520: Organization of Information during the fall 2009 semester.

White received her master's in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and she has a master's degree in English from the University of Georgia. She is active in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), and served on the program committee and the publications committee for the 2008 Dublin Core conference in Berlin, Germany.

SILS students who have previously won the $10,000 award include Meredith Weiss (2008), Abe Crystal (2006), Miles James Efron (2002) and Debra Ruffner Weiss (1999).