University of Florida’s Judith Russell to Receive NFAIS 2017 Miles Conrad Award at Annual Conference   

NFAIS’s premier annual award honors Russell’s significant contributions to advancing librarianship and information services  

January 5, 2017, Annapolis, MD – The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), a global nonprofit membership organization serving the information services community, today announced Judith Russell, the Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida, has been selected to receive the NFAIS 2017 Miles Conrad Award.  

NFAIS’s Miles Conrad Award, long considered the information community’s premier annual honor for achievement in fostering the growth of information services, is being given to Russell in recognition of her significant achievements in librarianship and for her leadership in information services throughout a career spanning academia, government, the non-profit and private sectors.

Prior to her current position at the University of Florida, Russell was the Managing Director, Information Dissemination and Superintendent of Documents at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), now the Government Publishing Office, from 2003-2007.

She served as Deputy Director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) from 1998-2003 and as director of the Office of Electronic Information Dissemination Services and the Federal Depository Library Program at GPO from 1991-1997.

Russell also worked for over ten years in the information industry, doing marketing and product development as well as serving as a government-industry liaison. Her corporate experience includes Information Handling Services (IHS) and its parent company, the Information Technology Group; Disclosure Information Group; Lexis-Nexis (then Mead Data Central), and IDD Digital Alliances, a subsidiary of Investment Dealers Digest. She also worked for over 10 years in special libraries.

Russell currently serves as a member of the board of LLMC-Digital. She also is a former board member and president of NFAIS. She is a former board member and past president of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and a former board member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). She is active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Russell holds a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. 
“It is a tremendous privilege, on behalf of the NFAIS community, to honor Judy Russell with the NFAIS 2017 Miles Conrad Award,” said Marcie Granahan, NFAIS Executive Director. “Judy’s extraordinary career and dedication to helping lead information services firmly into the future are illustrative of her expertise and character. She has also given, through the years past, so much of her time, talent and great degree of collegiality to helping NFAIS grow and fully serve its dynamic membership.”  

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen to receive this award. NFAIS has played an important role in my career working in special libraries, government, the information industry, and most recently in an academic research library. Being able to work with colleaques in so many different types of information service organizations has been immensely valuable. We each bring different experiences, perspectives and knowledge to NFAIS, and our interactions enrich us all through the people we meet, and the experiences and ideas share,” said Russell.
Russell will be honored at the NFAIS 2017 Annual Conference, February 26-28, in Alexandria, VA, and will deliver the annual Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture at the conference. Nominations for the Miles Conrad Award are submitted by the NFAIS membership, and awardees are selected by majority vote of the Board of Directors. 
The NFAIS Miles Conrad Award and Memorial Lecture are named in honor of G. Miles Conrad (1911-1964), co-founder of NFAIS. Conrad, who was the former president of BIOSIS, had an early grasp of the potential of computer technology when applied to the creation, organization and dissemination of research information. The NFAIS Miles Conrad Lecturers each year are industry leaders, innovators and opinion-makers representing the full breadth of the information services community.

Recent recipients of the Miles Conrad Award include Deanna Marcum, former Managing Director, Ithaka S+R; Tim Collins, President & CEO of EBSCO Industries; Marjorie M.K. Hlava, President, Access Innovations, Inc.; Robert N. Snyder, Chairman, Cambridge Information Group; Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, The British Library; and Donald A.B. Lindberg, National Library of Medicine.

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The National Federation of Advanced Information Services ( NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community - that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission – to build the world's knowledge-base through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy.