The international Grey Literature Network Service celebrated last year its Twenty-fifth Anniversary and understands that this milestone was reached in great part through the financial and content contributions of its associate, institutional, and individual members. In recent years, a number of GreyNet Members have retired; however, they continue to share interest in the field of grey literature and remain in contact with GreyNet’s range of information services and activities. As an organization, GreyNet chooses to honor these information professionals and seeks to offer a token of lasting thanks for their sustained support.
Each entry in this online register contains the name of a GreyNet Honorary Member accompanied by their photograph. Each entry further contains a brief text they provided - reflecting on their involvement with grey literature. By clicking on the Honorary Member Logo within each entry, one or more of their known contributions to this field of information are displayed. New entries will be periodically added to the online register and published in GreyNet’s Quarterly Newsletter.
Roberta I. Shaffer
"In our time of technological transformation, grey literature has taken on an elevated position of importance at all levels of the pursuit of knowledge. As information professionals, we must develop the skills necessary to evaluate it and deploy it in our everyday practices, and instruct our clienteles on its value in research." Law Librarian of Congress (Retired)
“In the field of grey literature, special interest and active support coming from France has been mainly conveyed by my home institution, Inist, through its long-time engagement in GreyNet, leading in particular to the creation of the OpenGrey platform.
I was happy to be part of our small Inist team in charge of relations with GreyNet, and also to have the opportunity to help getting GreyNet solidly anchored in ICSTI (International Council for Scientific and Technical Information). The most pleasant experience in this context was my involvement in getting requirements and opportunities for grey literature development exhaustively formalized in the Pisa Declaration.
Current changes in scientific publishing, the move away from classical models, as well as the integration of new research objects, provide room for such development. GreyNet’s Resource Policy Committee, which I had the honor to chair in the past, had paved the way to opening up to new content, the current focus on research data, often intimately linked to text in grey literature, is the most tangible example. Shades of grey may still diversify in the future.”
Prof. Keith G. Jeffery
“Keith Jeffery was an advocate for open access to both white and grey publications since 1999. His work (jointly with Anne Asserson) on CERIF (Common European Research Information Format: a EU recommendation to Member States) provided a widely-used rich metadata capability with formal syntax and declared semantics. The GreyNet community provided both use cases and improvements. Its application bringing together CRIS (Current Research Information Systems), library repositories and now data centres remains the thrust of his research.“
"I have been involved with the GreyLit Community since 2005 when it was brought to my attention by thePresident at Information International Associates, Bonnie Carroll and Gail Hodge, a colleague.My primary research at the time was to identify open source information relevant to medical infrastructures and capabilities in foreign countries. This grey information was usually found in a variety of foreign country agencies and non-governmental organizations. Gail and I co-authored my first paper Repositories, Tools for NGOs Involved in Public Health Activities in Developing Countries which I presented in Nancy, France at the GL7 Grey Lit Conference in December 5, 2005. From that point, my interest grew in this field. Over the years I have presented several papers at the GreyLit annual conferences and served on a few committees. Topics that I researched and presented papers on include: the importance of grey literature data in the Intelligence Community; scientific data analytics in the Greylit Community, Grey literature sources for researching public health in Developing Countries; scientific data transparency (how grey is it) and its impact on data discovery; open data; and bibliometric research on cultural studies, one of the eight focus areas of the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center (HDIAC) repository. This research examined the taxonomy of cultural studies and its overlap with the other major focus areas. I really enjoyed traveling to the conference venues and seeing my international colleagues. The Greylit Community provided a great learning environment as well as wonderful camaraderie among its members."
"As a former Director of the New York Academy of Medicine Library it was my pleasure to lead the Grey Literature Report development in support of designing retrieval, structuring organization, and offering access to this “hidden” information; it was a segment of research that needed to be captured and brought to light.The Grey Literature Report grew into a unique tool to retrieve non-indexed, unknown information that had relevance to many aspects of health services research and, until the Report, was mostly inaccessible.The logo of the Report basically said it all- Grey literature was a large part of the information research puzzle that was mostly unknown or hard to find."
"Over the course of my career, I learned to honour grey literature and I would never suggest to academic libraries to neglect searching and collecting grey material, especially in digital form. We all know that in many instances, grey literature is more rigorously inspected than a peer-reviewed paper. We only have to consider how often a thorough examination is used with regard to grey material. For me, grey literature was, in many cases, the only source of information available on a topic that I could convey to students, faculty, and staff."
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