John Jacob Astor Award in Library Studies and Information Science

(The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Award)

The John Jacob Astor Award - a symbolic door into the world of knowledge and transatlantic dialog.

The award - a symbolic door into the world of knowledge and transatlantic dialog.

Since the 240th birthday of John Jacob Astor in 2003, the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation has annually awarded the John Jacob Astor Award in Library and Information Science, in cooperation with the Initiative Fortbildung für Wissenschaftliche Spezialbibliotheken und verwandte Einrichtungen e.V. (Continuing Education Initiative for Special Research Libraries and Related Institutions e.V.)

The Award

The Prize enables German or American persons who have made a special contribution to transatlantic knowledge transfer to come to Berlin for a special professional conference. At this bilateral workshop, librarians and information specialists from throughout the German educational and research field are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest developments in the field and to pass these on within their institutions.

The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation seeks, through this prize and the associated workshop, to achieve a strong multiplying effect in which German information specialists are able to learn from the considerable methodological and technological advances of their American colleagues in the field, while narrowing the transatlantic divide.