The New Digital Scholar is an Award Winner!

I’m excited to share the news that our book The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students  has earned the Silver Independent Publishers Award (IPPY) in its category, Education (Comment/Theory).

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The IPPYs recognize the work of independent publishers, and for a small press like ours it means a great deal to win one. While I feel honored to have published several Gold and Silver award-winners in recent years, the win for The New Digital Scholar is especially gratifying given the caliber of the work and the people and organizations involved.

First and foremost, ITI is delighted to share the win with Randall McClure and James P. (Jim) Purdy, who conceived and developed this important text, and their fine team of contributors. Our publishing partner, the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), shares equally in the recognition as does Samantha Hastings, who enthusiastically supported and skillfully edited The New Digital Scholar for the ASIS&T Monograph Series. Managing Editor Amy Reeve and her staff deserve great credit for their work in turning the manuscript into an award-winning print and digital book.

We believed The New Digital Scholar was something special when we published it last summer, and working with Randall and Jim has been and continues to be a terrific experience. In July we’ll release their follow-up volume, The Next Digital Scholar: A Fresh Approach to the Common Core State Standards in Research and Writing. The new book is generating strong early interest, and given that it’s every bit as outstanding as its predecessor I suspect it will become an award-winner, as well.

As an IPPY winner for The New Digital Scholar, ITI is proud to be in the company of other creative independent publishers who celebrate the passion and wisdom of their authors and reject cookie cutter approaches to book publishing. Thanks, IPPY judges, for recognizing the efforts of our editors and authors!

About John Bryans

John B. Bryans is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the book publishing divisions of Information Today, Inc. (ITI) and its sister company, Plexus Publishing, Inc. Since 1979 John has worked in book publishing as an editor, book packager, and publisher. He began his career in the world of New York mass-market publishing, specializing in historical fiction and popular nonfiction before moving into technology publishing in the late 1980s. In 1995, at Online Inc., he launched CyberAge Books—a popular line of titles for online searchers, librarians, and business information professionals. In 1998 ITI acquired CyberAge Books and John joined the ITI staff on the edge of the Pine Barrens in rural southern New Jersey. Currently, he acquires and edits books and ebooks in diverse genres including library and information science and technology, cyberculture, education and careers in the information professions, educational technology, knowledge management, networking and customer engagement, indexing, and clinical research, and—regionally for southern New Jersey—mystery and suspense, history, nature and the environment. In 2001 he acquired and published Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson, which inspired an Emmy-winning dramatic series on HBO and became the publisher's first New York Times bestseller.

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