From BioMed Central, May 6, 2011:

Last night, at an awards ceremony in London, Andrew Waller from the University of Calgary ( was awarded BioMed Central’s OA Advocate of the Year Award. Previously awarded to institutions, the judges felt that Andrew’s personal commitment to, and efforts on behalf of, OA justified an individual award. Quoting from the citation read out last night by leading science journalist, Vivienne Parry:

“He is the Open Access Librarian in the Scholarly Communication Centre, part of the Libraries and Cultural Resources unit at the University of Calgary, Canada. Andrew is responsible for the Open Access Authors Fund, which has made possible over 170 articles for University of Calgary authors since its inception in 2008.

This fund was the first of its kind in Canada. It is one of several programs in the University of Calgary’s outstanding open access “suite”. It includes an institutional repository; an expansive digitization program; OA journals and monographs in the University of Calgary Press. Andrew has regularly written on and spoken about open access over the last several years. He is one of the people behind the OA Librarian blog and is a Canadian editor for the open access repository for library and information science, E-LIS”

More information on our awards and the other winners can be foundĀ here:

BioMed Central is delighted to honour Andrew in this way as librarians are vital advocates of open access and supporters of us here at BMC. For more information contact Bev Acreman at: