Marjorie M.K. Hlava, founder and President of Access Innovations, recently received the prestigious Ann Marie Cunningham Award for outstanding service from NFAIS (the National Federation of Advanced Information Services).

Keith MacGregor, president of NFAIS, explained, “This year Marjorie Hlava is being recognized for her years of hard work as chair of the NFAIS Standards Committee.  It is rare that a week goes by without an email alert from Margie regarding activities in the global standards community and she handles the NFAIS voting process related to NISO (the National Information Standards Organization).  She has served NFAIS in many capacities – on the board of directors, as a former president and on the annual conference planning committee.  She is now in her third year as the editor of our annual collection of NFAIS meeting papers published in Information Systems and Use.  We are very grateful to Margie for all that she has done and continues to do.”

Hlava, a pioneer in the information management industry, founded Access Innovations in 1978.  She holds patents for a number of technological processes, including automatic text processing and management and software-based methods for searching chemical names in text-containing documents.

Hlava is very committed to creating, updating, and promoting standards for the information industry.  In addition to serving as chair of the NFAIS Standards Committee since 2005, she chaired the Special Libraries Association (SLA) standards committee for nine years, and was chair of the ASIDIC (Association of Information and Dissemination Centers) Standards Committee from 2003 to 2007. She currently serves on the NISO Content Committee for standards development.

Hlava served as a member of the Dublin Core Standards Committee Z39.85 from 1999 to 2002.  She was on the redrafting committee for the NISO Z39.19 standard for controlled vocabularies.  She has presented numerous standards updates to professional organizations, including the SLA, the Community of Practice under the auspices of the Library of Congress, and Information Today.

“I am so honored and surprised to receive this award!  Since it is a surprise award there was no time to prepare remarks; however there is still room on the standards committee if you would like to serve,” Hlava said to a chuckling audience as she received the award. “Standards are critical in maintaining the integrity of information and in allowing the creation of taxonomies and thesauri that are accurate and useful.  As more and more information is disseminated globally, standards will play an increasingly important role.  I’m passionate about the work we do and appreciate the fact that we can come together to ensure that the information we create, organize and present is not only accessible to the world, but also credible.” Hlava said.


About Access Innovations –,,

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations has extensive experience with Internet technology applications, master data management, database creation, thesaurus/taxonomy creation and semantic integration. The Access Innovations Data Harmony software includes automatic indexing, thesaurus management, an XML intranet system (XIS), and metadata extraction for content creation developed to meet production environment needs.  Data Harmony is used by publishers, governments and corporate clients throughout the world.

About NFAIS and the Ann Marie Cunningham

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services is a global, non-profit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community – all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information.  For more than 50 years, NFAIS has promoted the success of its members and provided a forum to address common interests through education and advocacy.

The Ann Marie Cunningham award is presented to members who go above and beyond the normal call of duty and is named after Ann Marie Cunningham, who served as executive director of NFAIS from 1991 to 1994.