ALISE/ProQuest Methodology Paper Competition
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. (For example, papers may address such areas as sampling, grounded theory, historical methods, or statistical methods.) Papers must explain the particular method/technique, including methodological implications for library and information science. Examples to illustrate its value can come from LIS-related published studies, proposed studies, and works in progress. Papers that stress findings are not eligible for this competition.One winning paper will be selected. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the author(s). In cases of joint authorship, one honorarium will be awarded for the paper. Methodology papers prepared by joint authors are eligible for entry but at least one author must be a personal member of ALISE as of the deadline date.
Only one methodology paper per entrant will be considered; multiple entries from the same author will not be accepted. Authors may submit papers for other ALISE competitions; however, the same paper cannot be submitted for more than one category.
Authors may not submit papers that have been published. Manuscripts that have been submitted for consideration for publication as well as unpublished manuscripts posted to institutional repositories are acceptable as submissions. Authors who have won the award within the past five years are ineligible for this competition.
Papers submitted to this competition can originate from a variety of different sources and applicants are encouraged to develop such papers from their research. 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.
Award Submission Instructions
The papers will be judged by the ALISE Research Committee with the assistance of additional ALISE members in those cases where the methodology warrants. All reviewing is "blind." Methodology papers will be judged on the following criteria:
The winners of the awards are expected to present a summary of their papers at the ALISE Annual Conference.
Heather O'Brien, British Columbia - firstname.lastname@example.org
John Bertot, Maryland
Louise Spiteri, Dalhousie - email@example.com
2017 - Sarah Barriage, Rutgers University, for The Use of Task-Centered Activities in Research with Children & Youth: Inspiration from Childhood Studies for Research in Library & Information Science
2016 - Lili Luo, San Jose State University, Allison Benedetti, UCLA, and John Jackson, Whittier College for Vignettes: Implications for LIS Research
2014 - Angela Pollack, Western University, for Visual Methods Primer: Complimentary and Alternative Sources of Data in LIS Research
2010 - Heather Archibald and Lisa M. Given, University of Alberta, for Visual Traffic Sweeps (VTS): A Research Method for Mapping User Activities in the Library Space
2009 - Derek L. Hansen, University of Maryland, for Studying Reference Encounters with the Pair Perception Comparison (PCC) Method
2008 - No award given