6 July 2005
2005 Tony Kent Strix Award Winner Announced
The Tony Kent Strix Award, given by the UK eInformation Group of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, was awarded to Jack Mills on Thursday 30th June at the CILIP Umbrella Awards Dinner. In his absence, the Trophy was presented by Chris Armstrong to Vanda Broughton, a colleague and member of the team who nominated Jack for the award. She spoke warmly of his appreciation, and thanked the Group on his behalf.
Jack Mills has spent more than sixty years of his life in the study, teaching, development and promotion of information retrieval, principally as a major player in the British school of facet analysis which builds on the tradition of Ranganathan. His work as a teacher dates back to 1953 and his appointment as lecturer at the newly formed North Western Polytechnic School of Librarianship. His Modern outline of library classification was the standard textbook for British librarianship students for very many years.
He is probably best known to the wider professional community in his role as a researcher. In 1966/67 he was Deputy Director of the prestigious Cranfield Project, supporting Cyril Cleverdon in the first major exercise in information retrieval in the United Kingdom. The results of the work at Cranfield had a major influence on British information science, and the documentation of that project continues to be cited in the professional literature today.
A founder member and chairman of the Classification Research Group (1952-), he has lectured and written about, and been an advocate for classification theory. Since the 1960s he has been the driving force behind the revision of the Bliss Bibliographic Classification, chairing the Bliss Classification Association Committee, and undertaking the greater part of the work of revision as Editor of the new scheme.
In 1998, Jack Mills was acknowledged by the Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information as a 'pioneer of information science'. In 2003 his contribution to the field was marked by the award of an Honorary Fellowship from the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals.
The Tony Kent Strix Award is presented each year in memory of Dr Tony Kent, a past Fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists, who died in 1997. Tony Kent made a major contribution to the development of information science both in the UK and internationally, particularly in the field of chemistry. The award is offered in recognition of individuals or groups who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of information retrieval.