Since 1950, through 63 volumes, “Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services” has been a leader among scholarly journals in the international library world. As part of its strategy to remain one of the premier library journals, Libri is issuing a call for “Best Student Paper of 2014.” This competition supports Libri’s goal of publishing the best articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals. We are proud once again to recognize the very best article with this special award.

Students at all levels* are invited to submit articles with clarity and authority. There is no stated theme. Research papers should address one of the significant issues facing today’s librarians and information professionals. Case studies, best practices, and pure research papers are all welcome.

Length: approx. 5000 words
Language: English
Deadline: June 30, 2014

The best paper will be selected by an independent panel consisting of selected members of the Editorial Board, the Advisory Board and other international experts. Submissions will be judged on the basis of
– originality of thought and observation
– depth of research and scholarship
– topicality of problems addressed
– the international readership of the journal

The article will be published in the 2014:4 issue. The author of the winning article will be honoured with an award of EUR500 and with a complementary subscription to Libri for 2015. If the quality of competition warrants, some papers may be designated as honourable mention and the authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for 2015. The normal provision to the author of e-prints applies to all winners.

Manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/libri. When submitting a paper for the Best Student Paper Award, please choose “Library Student Award” at the drop down menu “Manuscript Type”. Author instructions and further indications of the scope of papers suitable for publication in Libri are available at the Libri site at http://www.librijournal.org/authorinst.html.

All submissions should include a cover sheet confirming:
. the name of the institution where the student is or was enrolled;
. the dates when the student is or was enrolled;
. the date when the paper was written and the course for which it was prepared if no longer a student.

* Exception: Senior information scholars returning to school for additional degrees outside the field of library and information science are not eligible for this award.

To read about previous winners and for further information see: http://www.librijournal.org/award.html

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Jean Tague‐Sutcliffe
Doctoral Student Poster Competition!

1st place
Patricia B. Condon, Simmons College, for Digital Curation through the Lens of Disciplinarity: A Study of the Development, Education, and Knowledge Transfer of an Emerging Field

2nd place
Jinxuan Ma, Florida State University, for Interacting with Health Information for Self-Care: An Exploratory Study of Undergraduate Students’ Health Information Literacy

3rd place
John A. D’Ignazio, Syracuse University, for E-Science Information Modeling: Investigating Scientists’ Information Resources and Structures for Enhanced Digital Curation

Honorable Mention
Mary-Jo Romaniuk, SJSU/Queensland University of Technology, for Developing Emerging Leaders in the Library Profession: Program Content, Self-Efficacy, and Leadership

Honorable Mention
Jihee Beak, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, for A Child-Driven Metadata Schema: Children’s Cognitive Processes in Book Selection and Metadata Elements

Headed to ALISE 2014? Don’t miss the Doctoral Student SIG business meeting at 7:30 on Wednesday, especially if you’re interested in becoming involved. Chairs cannot participate in the Doctoral Student Poster competition, so if you know you won’t qualify to enter that next year, think about taking over for the current chairs!

Also not to be missed: The Doc SIG program session on “Developing Theories and Models in Research: Where to Begin?” Our guest speakers will be Karen E. Fisher of the University of Washington and Sanda Erdelez of the University of Missouri who were co-editors of Theories of Information Behaviour (2005) and are currently working on a new edition.

Volunteers Needed

January 4, 2014

Attention ALISE doctoral student members:  ALISE needs volunteers for the registration table at the conference, especially from 8am-6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 21-22.  It’s a great way to meet people and put names you may already know with faces.  Contact Jessica at contact@alise.org or 312-795-0996 if you can help out.  Thanks!

From the Medical Library Association:  The Medical Library Association Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship promotes and supports research in the history of information science. The $5000 fellowship, established in 2013, is to be used for research-related purposes regarding the history of information science to increase the underlying knowledgebase in this area and enhance the current and future practice of the information professions, particularly health sciences librarianship. Health sciences librarians and information scientists, health professionals, researchers, educators, and administrators are eligible. Applicants must have a master’s or doctor’s degree or be enrolled in a program leading to such a degree and demonstrate a commitment to the health sciences. The fellowship is not designed to support research for a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis.
The award is not restricted to disbursement in a single year and funding may be disbursed over a period of up to two years depending on the needs of the research fellow. The award may be used to supplement or extend other awards, including other private or government-supported fellowships, but is not contingent on receiving other awards. Please see the MLA Grants and Scholarships page (http://www.mlanet.org/awards/grants/) on MLANET for more information. The submission deadline is December 1.
Inquiries: E-mail, telephone or written inquiries are welcomed. Please direct inquiries to Maria Lopez, 312.419.9094 x15, grants@mlahq.org.  

Submissions for the Jean Tague-Sutcliffe
Doctoral Student Poster Competition are due October 1, 2014. See the complete call for proposals at http://www.alise.org/assets/documents/conf_2014/doctoralpostercall-2014.pdf.

Reminder

June 26, 2013

Proposals for the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition are due June 30, 2013. More information is available at http://www.alise.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=436.

DEADLINE – July 15, 2013

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 2014 Methodology Paper Competition, sponsored by ProQuest. The purpose of this award is to stimulate communication on research methodologies at ALISE annual conferences.

The competition is open to all types of methodology. Papers must be limited to description and discussion of a research method or a technique associated with a particular research method. Papers must explain the particular method/technique, including methodological implications for library and information science. Papers that stress findings are not eligible for this competition. Methodology papers completed in pursuit of master’s and doctoral studies (e.g. thesis, seminars, dissertation, course work paper) are eligible, as are papers generated as a result of a research grant or other source of funding.

More information is available at http://www.alise.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=471.

The ALISE Doc SIG convenors are considering topics for a session at the annual conference next year. Suggestions at the meeting this year included advice on getting published or an interviewing/CV/job search workshop. We’re also considering something on developing a research agenda. Please let us know by June 14 if you have other ideas or if you have suggestions for speakers. Focusing on something related to the theme of “Educational Entrepreneurship” would be ideal. Thanks!

ALISE is accepting proposals for its 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition through June 30, 2013. Up to two outstanding dissertations completed between December 15, 2011 and June 30, 2013 will be selected. More information is available at http://www.alise.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=436.

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