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BYU University Librarian receives national honor

Randy J. Olsen, University Librarian for the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University, has been honored by BioOne and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition with its inaugural Howard Goldstein Award to Advance Scholarly Communication.

Howard’s son Alex Goldstein presented the award on April 16 during a special ceremony in conjunction with BioOne’s annual meeting of publishers and librarians. Olsen was recognized for initiating a series of concrete steps that have since provided sustainable models for a growing number of important campus publications.

Olsen has held leadership positions in the Utah Library Association, the American Library Association, Research Libraries Group, Greater Western Libraries Association, Mountain Plains Library Association, and Utah Academic Library Council.

He chairs the Library and Scholarly Communications Advisory Council at BYU and serves as a member of the Steering Committee for SPARC.

BioOne is the result of a collaboration between scientific societies, libraries, academe and the private sector, which seek a sustainable, mission-driven alternative to commercial publishing.

The most recent addition to BioOne’s education program is the Howard Goldstein Award to Advance Scholarly Communication, jointly sponsored by BioOne and SPARC. The award was created in 2008 to recognize and encourage efforts to enhance the sustainability of communication within the scholarly community.

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Writer: Erika Riggs

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