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Subject: Bryce Benton Winner of Paul Evan Peters Fellowship
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 11:45:22 -0400
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The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is pleased to announce the selection of Bryce Benton as the 2006 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Fellowship for graduate study in the information sciences or librarianship.  Mr. Benton is currently in the masters program at the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences. The fellowship, which was established to honor the memory of CNI founding Executive Director, Paul Evan Peters, recognizes outstanding scholarship and intellectual rigor, and also civic responsibility, democratic values, and imagination.

Mr. Benton has demonstrated his talents through participation in various challenging projects for which he has won accolades from faculty and colleagues.  Most recently, as the technical lead for an institutional repository pilot project involving the DSpace open source system at the University of North Texas, Benton played a key role in the system installation, and he was also the developer behind the user-friendly interface for accessing the repository.

Open source systems are of particular interest to Benton:  he is a collaborator on a project involving learning objects, as well as participating in the development of a framework for community collaboration among metadata professionals using the open source content management system Drupal.  He has also been working on a pilot implementation of the Sakai online learning management system at the University of North Texas.

Described by his professors as personable, enthusiastic and as someone who possesses a  “volunteering spirit,” Benton has demonstrated himself to be committed to a greater good; he regularly offers his time and expertise to projects that might benefit from his experience.  William Moen, Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas, comments, "As a research assistant and student, Bryce exhibits qualities of innovative thinking, collaborative engagement, eagerness to share his knowledge, and a talent for learning and adapting solutions to interesting projects. I think these are qualities Paul valued, and I think he would be pleased by the selection of Bryce as the recipient of this award offered in his name."

A five-member committee selected Mr. Benton for the award.  The committee included James Mullins, Dean of Libraries at Purdue University, Althea Jenkins, recently retired Director of Libraries at Florida State University, Leslie Hitch, Director of Academic Technology Services at Northwestern University, and Joan Lippincott of the Coalition for Networked Information.  “Through involvement with various projects including a metadata repository, Bryce Benton demonstrated his commitment to advancing access to information through creative and innovative applications of technology, that will ultimately enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity, and public life,” stated committee member James Mullins.

About the Fellowship

The Paul Evan Peters Fellowship was established to honor and perpetuate the memory of the founding executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information. Funded by donations from Peters' colleagues, friends, and family, the fellowship provides a two-year award of $2,500 per year to a student who demonstrates intellectual and personal qualities consistent with those of Peters, including:

    — A commitment to the use of networked information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;

    — An interest in the civic responsibilities of networked information professionals, and a commitment to democratic values and government accountability;

    — A positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges; and

    — Humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

The fellowship will be awarded next in 2008; applications will be available on the web site of the Coalition for Networked Information.

CNI is a coalition of some 200 institutions dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.  The Coalition, which is sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE, is headquartered in Washington, DC.

More information about the fellowship is available online at

    For further information, contact:
    Diane Goldenberg-Hart
    Communications Coordinator
    Coalition for Networked Information
    21 Dupont Circle
    Washington, DC 20036

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