The former news editor of Search Engine Watch just won one of the nation’s most prestigious awards granted to library professionals at the annual Special Libraries Association (SLA) conference in Seattle.
Gary Price, the founder of ResourceShelf and a former executive with search engine Ask.com, won the first President’s Citation, granted at the discretion of the SLA president. Gary was honored for “raising the visibility of librarians.”
The SLA was founded in 1909 in the state of New York and is now the international association representing the interests of thousands of information professionals in over eighty countries worldwide.
Onstage at the conference, Charlie Rose interviewed Google’s Vinton Cerf, who said his goal is to get affordable infrastructure in place so the number of Internet users will double by 2010, to three billion users. This milestone will depend significantly on the further penetration of mobile phones.
Cerf said he’s deeply concerned about digital preservation and the “born digital” challenge; he hopes to avoid a “bit pile” of inaccessible, extinct content and urged companies to open up development for digital preservation applications.