ALISE/The Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition
Deadline: June 30, 2013
The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 2014 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 December 15, 2011 and June 30, 2013 will be selected. Each winner will receive $500, plus 2014 conference registration and personal membership in ALISE for 2014. Winners of the Dissertation Competition will present a summary of their work at the 2014 ALISE annual meeting.
Your submission must include:
(1) A 200-word-abstract of the dissertation
(2) A copy of the dissertation completed between December 15, 2011 and June 30, 2013
(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.
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:
- Significance of the research problem to the overall LIS field
- Presentation of the relevant literature
- Design of the study (i.e., appropriateness of methodology, selection of specific techniques and/or tests)
- Conduct of study (i.e., application of methods of data collection).
- Analysis and presentation of the data (i.e., quality of analysis, logic of findings)
- Appropriateness of conclusions
- Clarity and organization of the writing
Submissions will be made through the Easy Chair system, at
Follow these steps:
- Log on the system (create an EasyChair account if you do not already have one).
- Choose ALISE 2014 if you see other conferences in the list.
- If you are also a reviewer, please be sure to select "author" as your role for your submission.
- Select "New Submission."
- Select the “Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award” track and press “Continue.”
- Complete all the entries requested. Enter a title and provide an abstract for your submission.
- Upload your file (Proof of university acceptance and a copy of your dissertation) and press "Submit."
- You will receive a confirmation email from the EasyChair system.
For questions or more information, please contact:
Soo Young Rieh, Chair of the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee
School of Information, University of Michigan
Confirmations of receipt will be sent via email
Kimberly Anderson (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee) “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”
||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."
||Xiaojun Yuan (Rutgers University): "Supporting multiple information-seeking strategies in a single system framework"
||Kara Anne Reuter (University of Maryland): "Children Selecting Books in a Library: Extending Models of Information Behavior to a Recreational Setting"
||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.
||Karen Frances Gracy (UCLA), "The Imperative to Preserve: Competing Definitions of Value in the World of Film Preservation", 2001.
||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
||Hong Xie (Rutgers), "Planned and Situated Aspects in Interactive IR: Patterns of User Interactive Intentions and Information Seeking Strategies."
||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."
||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."
||Danuta A. Nitecki, University of Maryland, for "An Assessment of the Applicability of SERVQUAL Dimensions...for Evaluating Quality of Services in an Academic Library."
Last Updated 5/23/2013