ALISE / Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults
This award was created in memory of Connie Van Fleet, in recognition of her life’s work. The ALISE/Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults fulfills the mission of ALISE in one of the Association’s key intellectual domains by recognizing LIS research concerning services to adults in public libraries. The areas of research eligible for the award will include reference services; literacy; cultural programming; readers’ advisory; genre fiction; services to special adult populations such as people with disabilities, minority groups, and older adults; and related areas. The award recognizes an individual or a research team for outstanding research contributions in the field of public library services to adults. It will be awarded beginning with ALISE 2015.
This award is sponsored by ABC-CLIO and an anonymous donor.
The award shall consist of a plaque and a monetary award of $1,000 to be presented to the winner(an individual or a research team) at the ALISE Annual Conference. The winner presents a summary /assessment of the work in the area of the award at the ALISE Annual Conference.
Julie Hersberger, North Carolina – Greensboro (2016) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Keren Dali, Western University (2016)
Eligibility and Criteria:
The award is to recognize an individual or a research team for outstanding research contribution in the field of public library services to adults broadly defined to include reference services; literacy; cultural programming; readers’ advisory; genre fiction; services to special adult populations such as people with disabilities, minority groups, and older adults; and related areas. Adults are defined as persons aged 18 and above.
The award is intended to be for achievements that have significant impact in the field and is based on recent and/or previous research for which contributions have recently been recognized.
Persons involved in library and information science research are eligible for the award. The award is to be made for individual or research teams, not organizations. Persons should be members of ALISE to be eligible.
Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:
Nominations may come from any source including self-nominations.The nomination package shall consist of the following:
(a) The name, address, email, and phone number of the person making the nomination;
(b) The name, address, email, and phone number of the candidate for the award;
(c) The nomination statement should address significance of the research, impact (potential or actual) on research or practice, quality of research design, and the research track record of nominee (max. 2 pages);
(d) No more than three letters of support; and no more than three supporting documents.
Dr. Connie Van Fleet, Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, was a member of ALISE for more than 20 years and contributed to ALISE in various ways. Dr. Van Fleet was elected to the ALISE Board from 2006-2009, serving as Vice-President/President Elect, President, and Past President. As President, she built strong support structures and procedures for the work of ALISE. There is wide consensus that ALISE is much better managed than it had been for many years because of her efforts. In addition to her role on the Board, Dr. Van Fleet was the convener of the Teaching Methods Special Interest Group and served as chair or member of the Membership Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Publications Committee and the Conference Program Planning Committee. In 2010, Dr. Van Fleet was the recipient of the ALISE Service Award. In 2004, she won the ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence in the Field of Library and Information Science Education. (Source: http://ali.memberclicks.net/in-memoriam---connie-van-fleet) See also: http://slis.ou.edu/dr-connie-vanfleet-in-memoriam