Save the date! Join us in a facilitated discussion on “The Future of Teen Service in LIS Education” presented by members of YALSA’s Research Committee and JRLYA Advisory Committee. Friday January 8 from 1-4 pm at ALA Midwinter.

Research help needed!
“I am writing this email on behalf of Lynn Silipigni Connaway of OCLC Research and Marie Radford of Rutgers University. Lynn and Marie are working on the 6th edition of the book, Research Methods in Library and Information Science (formerly titled Basic Research Methods for Librarians), which overviews the research process and key applications of qualitative and quantitative research methods for researchers, students, and practitioners in the field of Library and Information Science. In the book, Lynn and Marie would like to answer questions about the use of quantitative and/or qualitative methods posed by practicing librarians. An example of a question would be, What are the steps that one should take to develop a research question?
If you have any questions about the research process or research methods that you would like answered, please go to and complete the short Google Form.
We also would appreciate it if you would pass along this email to other librarians who might be interested in submitting questions.
Thank you in advance for your help!”

Looking for a roommate for this year’s conference? A female doctoral student from FSU, Biyang Yu, is looking for someone to share a hotel room. If you are interested, contact Biyang via email:

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 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

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:

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 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 ( 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,  

Submissions for the Jean Tague-Sutcliffe
Doctoral Student Poster Competition are due October 1, 2014. See the complete call for proposals at


June 26, 2013

Proposals for the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition are due June 30, 2013. More information is available at