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Dialog Celebrates a Decade of Scholarships with Announcement of 2009 Winner

UBC’s Tania Alekson is honored by Information Pioneer Roger Summit as she accepts scholarship named for him at SLA Conference and Centennial Celebration

June 15, 2009 (Washington, DC) — Dialog, a leader in online information services for professional searchers, awarded the 2009 Roger K. Summit Scholarship for North America to Tania Alekson, a student in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. Ms. Alekson had the rare opportunity to accept the scholarship from Roger Summit, who was attending the Special Libraries Association’s centennial celebration conference in Washington, D.C., where the scholarship presentation took place.

“As Dr. Roger K Summit did, I would like to make a difference in an area of key importance to our shared knowledge-based future: electronic information resources,” said Ms. Alekson in her scholarship application. “Facing the inevitability of ever-growing information repositories and an expanding client base with diverse needs, the impetus to create better systems for accessing information — systems that are well-integrated and completely electronic — only grows stronger. It is my intention to be at the forefront of a brave new information world.”

Ms. Alekson has a BA in English and History from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Communications from Concordia University. After graduation, she hopes to find a position in a special library which takes advantage of her knowledge of media, history or digital collections and her ongoing passion for information retrieval. As a student at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), Ms. Alekson has worked on a variety of projects which explore the creation of value-added user experience in the online world. In fact, as a Digital Media Intern, she worked closely with fellow students, SLAIS and other UBC faculty to create a student-centered, situational learning opportunities on Web 2.0 topics.

“I can say with confidence that Tania is one of the most outstanding students I have encountered in 30 years as a faculty member at schools of library and information science,” said Edie Rasmussen, professor and director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. “Tania is an exceptional student who has an inquiring mind, a thoughtful approach, and a mature attitude, and she brings new insights to any problem she approaches.”

"Tania is the kind of student that ignites the imagination of the people around her and reminds us of the importance of our profession,” said Libby Trudell, senior vice president, market development. "We’re absolutely bowled over by her vision of the future and are thrilled to play a role in getting her to the academic finish line.”

Along with SLA’s centennial, Dialog celebrates a milestone with its flagship scholarship program: a decade of awards. The scholarship is named in honor of Dialog founder Roger K. Summit, a pioneer in developing the technology behind online information retrieval. It is awarded twice annually, one to a graduate student enrolled in an accredited library or information sciences program in the Americas and one in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. Scholarship winners must demonstrate proficiency in using Dialog®, academic achievement, and interest in the field of electronic information services.

For more information about the Roger K. Summit scholarship, including past winners, visit

About Dialog
Dialog (, a pioneer of online searching in advance of the internet, is the global leader in providing mission-critical information that drives research in science, engineering, business and intellectual property. The online services provided by Dialog — offered through the Dialog® and DataStar® brands — give users the ability to search through more than 1.5 billion unique records from the world's most authoritative publishers. Sources include in-depth, deep web repositories of scientific, technical and biomedical data, patents and trademarks, and thousands of industry, news and company information sources. Librarians, researchers and information users from corporate, professional and government organizations in more than 100 countries prize Dialog for depth of content, precision searching and the ability to provide complete solutions.

Dialog, LLC, part of the ProQuest ( family of brands, is headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina, with offices in Sunnyvale, California, and London.

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