Kathy Miller is the associate editor of Information Today.
Two inspiring information professionals were recognized for their hard work and dedication at the beginning of this year's National Online Meeting. The New York Hilton was again the scene of the ceremony, which took place on the morning of May 13. The awards are both sponsored by leading library vendors. The Online Champion of the Year award is presented by Dun & Bradstreet Online Services, while the Library Technology award is presented by UMI. Both awards have been given out annually since 1990.
This year, Dun & Bradstreet Online Services presented the Online Champion of the Year award to Ulla de Stricker, president and founder of Ulla de Stricker & Associates in Toronto. This is the first time the award has gone to a Canadian. This award recognizes an individual whose use of electronic information services, particularly in areas of business and finance, has measurably expanded the awareness and effectiveness of these services in his or her organization. The winner was presented with a commemorative plaque and a check for $1,000.
Specifically, D&B honored de Stricker for her leadership role in the strategic management and planning for her organization's electronic business information products and services, most notably by establishing a new electronic publishing unit for Carswell/Thomson Professional Publishing and for the "radically unique" approach she took to make the Canadian government's Statistics Division's Web site more user-friendly.
Anne Marie DelVecchio, D&B 's manager of online information services mass marketing, made the award presentation. DelVecchio had this to say to the crowd: "A pioneer and role model in the field of electronic information, Ulla de Stricker has mentored and encouraged thousands of librarians to join the searcher ranks. Her significant and innovative achievements in the industry have helped transform and elevate the role of information managers to become an integral part of the leadership of today's organizations."
With 18 years of experience in the information industry, de Stricker has taught several industry-related courses, is a published author and a regular contributor to information industry journals, and is a frequent conference speaker who continues to motivate and inspire new information professionals, UMI said.
Prior to founding Ulla de Sticker & Associates in 1992, a consulting practice focused on electronic information product strategy, development, and marketing for the Canadian federal government as well as for professional and technical publishers, she managed Canadian operations for DIALOG and developed a major new electronic product line for Canada's premier legal tax publisher, Carswell/Thomas Professional Publishing.
She previously served as assistant to the director at McGill University Graduate School of Library Science in Montreal, Canada, where she taught courses in computers and online retrieval. She received an M.L.S. from McGill University, an M. …