Brian Owen

National award for SFU librarian

November 1, 2007

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The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has named SFU associate university librarian Brian Owen the winner of the 2007 CARL award for distinguished service to research librarianship. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a substantial local, national and/or international contribution to academic research librarianship.

"It’s really a great honour," says Owen. "It’s especially rewarding to be acknowledged by one’s colleagues, many of whom I have had the pleasant experience of working with over the years."

Owen is a key player in the Synergies initiative, a national online publishing system for Canadian scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences, funded by the Canada Foundation of Innovation.

He also helped create a new version of Open Journal Systems (OJS) as part of a partnership between the SFU library, the university’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing and UBC’s Public Knowledge Project (PKP).

OJS, an open-source journal management and publishing system, is now used as an online publishing platform by more than 1,000 scholarly journals worldwide in six languages.

Owen directed the first international PKP scholarly publishing conference in July 2007 and led technical development of the Software @ SFU Library initiative. He served as a member of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network negotiations resource team, which gained international recognition for the development of a model license for use in negotiations.

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