ALISE/The Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition

Previous Winners

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition. Dissertations must deal with substantive issues related to library and information science, but applicants may be from within or outside LIS programs.

Up to two outstanding dissertations completed between June 1, 2012 and May 30, 2015 will be selected. Each winner will receive $500, plus 2016 conference registration and personal membership in ALISE for 2016. Winners of the Dissertation Competition will present a summary of their work at the 2016 ALISE annual meeting.

Submission Requirements:

Your submission must include:

(1)  A 200-word-abstract of the dissertation

(2)  A copy of the dissertation completed between June 1, 2014 and May 30, 2015

(3)  Proof of university acceptance. We accept the following evidence as proof of university acceptance: a university transcript facsimile, official or unofficial, showing doctoral degree awarded or a letter from the advisor indicating university acceptance within the timeframe.

Award Nomination Form

Please note: You should merge multiple files to make a single PDF file for submission. Please place “Proof of university acceptance” in the first page of your PDF file.


The members of ALISE Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee will judge the dissertations. In cases where the research or methodology warrants it, additional assistance will be obtained from ALISE members outside the committee. Dissertations will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. Significance of the research problem to the overall LIS field
  2. Presentation of the relevant literature
  3. Design of the study (i.e., appropriateness of methodology, selection of specific techniques and/or tests)
  4. Conduct of study (i.e., application of methods of data collection).
  5. Analysis and presentation of the data (i.e., quality of analysis, logic of findings)
  6. Appropriateness of conclusions
  7. Clarity and organization of the writing

Submission Instructions:



Danny Wallace, Alabama (2016) -


• Elise Lewis,South Carolina (2017) 
• Linda Lillard, Clarion, (2016)
• Joe Sanchez, Rutgers, (2016) 
• Suzanne Stauffer, Louisiana, (2016) 
Chair may recommend additional committee members if warranted by number of submissions.

Board Liaison:

Clara Chu

 Previous Winners



Kyong Eun Oh, Rutgers University
“The Process of Organizing Personal Information”



Youngseek Kim (University of Kentucky) Institutional and Individual Influence on Scientists' Data Sharing Behavior




Kimberly Anderson (University of California, Los Angeles) “Appraisal Learning Networks: How university Archivists Learn to Appraise through Social Interaction”

Michelle Caswell (University of Wisconsin–Madison) “Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence and Voice in Khmer Rouge Mug Shots”

2012       Eric Matthew Meyers (University of Washington) "The Nature and Impact of Information Problem Solving in the Middle School Classroom"

Cassidy Sugimoto (Indiana University-Bloomington): for "Mentoring, Collaboration, and Interdisciplinary: An Evaluation of the Scholarly Development of Information and Library Science Doctoral Students"


Shari Ann Lee (St. John's University) "Teen Space: Designed for Whom?"


Charles Kamau Maina (University of Western Ontario): for "The Traditional Knowledge Protection Debate: Identifying and Listening to the Voices of Traditional Knowledge Holders." 


Honorable Mention: Tiffany Veinot (University of Western Ontario): "Social Capital and HIV/AIDS Information Help Exchange Networks in Rural Canada."

2009 Xiaojun Yuan (Rutgers University): "Supporting multiple information-seeking strategies in a single system framework"
2008 Kara Anne Reuter (University of Maryland): "Children Selecting Books in a Library: Extending Models of Information Behavior to a Recreational Setting"
2007 Kate Williams, “Social Networks, Social Capital, and the Use of Information and Communications Technology in Socially Excluded Communities: A Study of Community Groups in Manchester, England,” Dominican University (Dissertation completed at Michigan University)

Diane Kelly, "Understanding implicit feedback and documents preference: A naturalistic user study," University of North Carolina Chapel Hill



Paulette M. Rothbauer, "Finding and Creating Possibility: Reading in the Lives of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Young Women," University of Western Ontario, 2004.

Betsy Van der Veer Martens, "Theories at Work: Functional Characteristics of Theories That Facilitate Their Diffusion Over Time," Syracuse University, 2004.


Samuel E. Trosow, "Information for Society: Towards a Critical Theory of Intellectual Property Policy," University of California, LA, 2002

Kalpana Shankar, "Scientists, Records, and the Practical Politics of Infrastructure," University of California, LA, 2002.

2003 Karen Frances Gracy (UCLA), "The Imperative to Preserve: Competing Definitions of Value in the World of Film Preservation", 2001.
2002 Soo Young Rieh, "Information Quality and Cognitive Authority in the World Wide Web," Rutgers University
Bradley R. Taylor, " The Effect of Surrogation on Viewer Response to Expressional Qualities in Works of Art," School of Information & Library Science, The University of Michigan

Patricia Coit Murphy, "What a Book Can Do: Silent Spring and Media-Borne Public Debate," School on Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

ALISE Dissertation Award Certificates of Recognition:
Daniel G. Dorner, "Determining Essential Services on the Canadian Information Highway: An Exploratory Study of the Public Policy Process," Faculty of Graduate Studies, The University of Western Ontario, 1999
J. Stephen Downie, "Evaluating a Simple Approach to Music Information Retrieval: Conceiving Melodic N-Grams as Text," Faculty of Gradate Studies, The University of Western Ontario, 1999
Richard William Kopak, "A Taxonomy of Link Types for Use in Hypertext," Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, 2000


Cheryl Cowan Buchwald, "Canada's Coalition for Public Information: A Case Study of a Public Interest Group in the Information Highway Policy Making Process," Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, 1999
Patterson Toby Graham, "Segregation and Civil Rights in Alabama's Public Libraries, 1918-1965," School of Library and Information Studies, The University of Alabama, 1998

ALISE Dissertation Award Certificates of Recognition:
Keith Wilson Cogdill, "The Information Needs and Information Seeking of Nurse Practitioners," School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
Mary Ann Fitzgerald, "The Cognitive Process of Information Evaluation: A Collective Case Study," College of Education, The University of Georgia, 1998

1999 Hong Xie (Rutgers), "Planned and Situated Aspects in Interactive IR: Patterns of User Interactive Intentions and Information Seeking Strategies."
1998 Elizabeth Yakel, Pittsburgh, "Record Keeping in Radiology: The Relationships Between Activities and Records in Radiological Processes"
Mary K. Chelton, Rutgers, "Adult-Adolescent Service Encounters: The Library Context."
1997 Lynne McKechnie, University of Western Ontario. "Opening the 'Preschooler's Door to Learning': An Ethnographic Study of the Use of Public Libraries by Preschool Girls."
1996 Danuta A. Nitecki, University of Maryland, for "An Assessment of the Applicability of SERVQUAL Dimensions...for Evaluating Quality of Services in an Academic Library."