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Call for Submissions: Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

Call for Submissions

 

The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA) announces the 2019 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research. The deadline for submitting entries is January 31, 2019. The LRRT Shera Award Committee will judge the entries for the competition. The decision of the Committee will be announced by the LRRT Steering Committee Chair prior to the ALA Annual Conference.

Guidelines

  1. All entries must be research articles published in English during the 2018 calendar year.
  2. Articles may be nominated by any member of LRRT or by the editors of research journals in the field of library and information studies. No one may nominate more than two articles. 
  3. All nominated articles must relate in at least a general way to library and information studies. Any research method is acceptable.
  4. Authors of nominated articles need not be LRRT members.
  5. Articles by joint investigators are eligible, as are articles generated as a result of a research grant or other source of funding.
  6. Research articles will be judged on the following points:
  • Definition of the research problem;
  • Application of research methods;
  • Clarity of the reporting of the research;
  • Significance of the conclusions, as judged by the Committee.
  1. The author(s) of the winning article will receive a Certificate.

To nominate or submit an article (or articles) for the 2019 competition, e-mail an electronic copy of each article along with a cover letter, both in PDF format to: folk.68@osu.edu with the subject line: Shera Award, Published Research.

 

Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research

Call for Submissions

 

The Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association announces the 2019 Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research. This award provides recognition for proposed dissertation research employing exemplary research design and methods. The deadline for submitting entries is January 31, 2019.  The LRRT Shera Award Committee will judge the entries for the competition. The decision of the Committee will be announced by the LRRT Steering Committee Chair prior to the ALA Annual Conference.

Guidelines

  1. The award is restricted to research designs that have been approved by the doctoral candidate's dissertation committee and that are about to be employed or are in the initial stage of use. Completed research is not eligible for consideration.
  2. Any research design is acceptable, but the topic of the research must relate in at least a general way to library and information studies.
  3. Candidates should submit a two-part paper based on their approved dissertation proposal:
  • A brief problem statement not to exceed 500 words.
  • A summary of the design/methodology portion of their dissertation proposal, not to exceed 2,500 words.
  • A brief statement from the dissertation committee chair, supporting and approving the research. 
  1. Candidates for this award need not be LRRT members.
  2. Papers will be evaluated in a double-blind, peer review process, on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Clarity of the research design.
  • The appropriateness of the design and method(s) for the research problem.
  • Adequacy of the description of the methodological procedures.
  • The inclusion of definitions of important terms where needed.
  • The adequacy of the data collection instrument(s) or technique(s).
  • Appropriateness of the proposed data analysis for the research problem and methods.
  • Innovation of the research design.
  1. The winner of the award will receive a Certificate and $250.

To submit a paper for the 2019 competition, e-mail 2 copies (one in which your name and any other identifying information has been removed) in PDF format to: folk.68@osu.edu with the subject line: Shera Award, Dissertation Research.

Call for Submissions