WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Affiliation (ALA) Basic public Plan and Advocacy Workplace at present named James G. “Jim” Neal, college librarian emeritus of Columbia College, winner of the 2022 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award.
The L. Ray Patterson Award acknowledges contributions of an specific particular person or workforce that pursues and helps the Constitutional objective of the U.S. Copyright Regulation, truthful use and most people space. The award is called simply after L. Ray Patterson, a vital licensed determine who said and justified the worth of most people area and truthful use. Truthful use is an important exception of the copyright laws that can permit for the usage of a copyright with out prior authorization and aids to market discovering, new creativity, scholarship and criticism.
ALA President Patty Wong talked about, “Each librarian’s place and each library’s mission hinges upon nicely balanced copyright protection. As a champion of trustworthy use and the general public space, Jim Neal embodies the utmost pursuit of a library professional: supplying the best accessibility of understanding to the perfect number of folks.
“Jim’s data and willpower is matched by his bravery to advocate for coverage in the neighborhood fascination. ALA is joyful to just accept Jim Neal’s wonderful accomplishments, each equally as an advocate on behalf of the library group and as an educator who continues to domesticate expertise within the space.”
Neal has represented the American library group in testimony on copyright points previous to Congressional committees, was an advisor to the U.S. delegation on the World Psychological Residence Agency (WIPO) diplomatic conference on copyright and has labored on copyright plan and advisory teams for fairly a number of universities and for certified and elevated education associations. He was a member of the U.S. Copyright Enterprise Phase 108 Overview Crew (2005-2008), which used quite a few a very long time reviewing the appropriateness of updating the exception for libraries and archives within the Copyright Act. Neal served for plenty of a number of years as a member of the Worldwide Federation of Library Associations and Establishments’ committee on Copyright and Different Licensed Points. Moreover, Jim supported the affluent engagement of the worldwide library group in passing the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for Women and men with Print Disabilities.
In his nomination letter, excellent psychological home lawyer and 2017 Patterson Award winner Jonathan Band, PLLC, reported, “It’s troublesome to think about everybody who is way extra deserving of this award than Jim. Throughout his prolonged career as a investigation librarian, Jim has labored tirelessly every nationally and internationally to be sure that copyright laws assisted, and didn’t hinder, the mission of libraries.”
Neal was president of the American Library Affiliation (2017-18) and is an honorary member of ALA, the Affiliation’s greatest award. Neal is in the mean time a member of the Copyright Group Modernization Committee of the Library of Congress and for twelve a few years (2010-21) served on the Board of OCLC from 2010-2021. He has served on the Board and as President of the Affiliation of Investigation Libraries, on the Board and as Chair of the Examine Libraries Group (RLG), on the Board and as Chair of the Countrywide Particulars Standards Enterprise (NISO) and on the Board of the Digital Preservation Group. He’s on the Board and is the Treasurer of the Independence to Learn by way of Basis, and is on the Board and has served as Treasurer of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). He has additionally participated on numerous world, nationwide and situation professional committees and is a member of the Library Advisory Board of the College of the People. Neal established the Copyright Advisory Workplaces at Indiana College, Johns Hopkins Faculty and Columbia College.
Neal is a recurrent speaker at nationwide and world conferences, advisor and printed writer on copyright troubles. Previous to his tenure at Columbia College, he served because the dean of faculty libraries at Indiana Faculty and Johns Hopkins College and held administrative positions in libraries on the Pennsylvania State College, College of Notre Dame, and the Metropolis College of New York.
An award reception in honor of Neal will purchase place at ALA As soon as-a-year Assembly in Washington, D.C., in June 2022.