Peter Suber wins ALA’s Patterson Award

I missed the news last week, but I’m extremely pleased to learn that Peter Suber will be the recipient of this year’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award by the American Library Association. It’s incredibly well-deserved.

Peter, of course, was my editor at Open Access News, and it was an honor to work with him. You could hardly have asked for a better boss, and I learned a tremendous amount.

Before OAN, though – and since – Peter has always been there for me. He helped publicize my work for open access at the University of Florida and with Students for Free Culture, when I thought I was a lonely outpost in the hinterlands. When I was developing SPARC’s student outreach campaign, he was a tremendous resource. When I decided to try my hand at freelancing, he helped me understand what it would mean. When I started pondering going to grad school, he helped me think it through.

And I’m far from the only one. Peter is the glue that holds the open access movement together. Much more could be said about Peter’s talents and accomplishments, but that might be the most important thing to know.

I had the good fortune to be working for ALA during last year’s Patterson Award ceremony. It is, I think, a tremendously important award. Take a look at the past recipients and you’ll see what I mean. They’re the people who the future will thank.

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