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Call for Submissions and Nominations: ASIS&T SIG-HFIS 2019 Bob Williams History Awards

The ASIS&T History and Intellectual Foundation special interest group (SIG-HFIS) seeks submissions and nominations for the 2019 Bob Williams History Awards. There are two awards: the Bob Williams Research Grant and the Bob Williams Research Paper Award.


Please read the following information carefully as the eligibility criteria and submission requirements have changed for 2019:


The Bob Williams Research Grant will be given for the best research proposal submission. All topics relevant to the history of information science and technology may be proposed. The grant consists of funding of up to USD 2,000 along with a certificate signed by the chair of ASIS&T SIG HFIS.

The submission must meet the following qualifications:

  • All topics relevant to the history of information science and technology will be considered.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.
  • Nominees and nominators need not be ASIS&T members.
  • Applicants who have received funding from a Bob Williams Research Grant in the past five years are not eligible to apply.
  • Winners need not be present at the ASIS&T annual meeting.
  • Submissions must be in English.


Award winners shall be selected by a jury appointed by SIG HFIS. The Chair of SIG-HFIS serves as the Chair of this jury. The Jury shall make one award or none, but reserves the right to designate runners-up, if the quality of the entries so merit.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the central topic or question to be researched to the history of information science and technology
  • Novelty of and need for proposed research
  • Potential to spark further research and/or implications for practice
  • Quality of research design, including feasibility and methodology


Proposals must include:

  • A cover letter (no more than 2 pages)
  • a brief curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages);
  • Research proposal (no more than 5 pages total), including:
    • the central topic or question to be researched;
    • an extended abstract;
    • qualifications of the researcher;
    • and a budget detailing how the funds will be expended. All funds must be expended by June 30 of the year following awarding of the grant.

The winner(s) will be acknowledged with a certificate presented by the Chair of SIG HFIS during the SIG business meeting at the ASIS&T annual meeting. Attendance at the annual meeting is highly encouraged, but not required. Funding of up to USD 2,000 will be distributed by SIG HFIS in coordination with ASIS&T headquarters.



The Bob Williams Research Paper Award will be given for the best research paper nominated. All topics relevant to the history of information science and technology may be proposed. This award provides a prize of up to USD 500 along with a certificate signed by the chair of ASIS&T SIG HFIS.

The nomination must meet the following qualifications:

  • All topics relevant to the history of information science and technology will be considered.
  • The paper may have been previously published or submitted to a journal.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.
  • Nominated authors need not be ASIS&T members.
  • Authors who have received the Bob Williams Paper Award in the previous year are not eligible for nomination.
  • Winners need not be present at the ASIS&T annual meeting.
  • Submissions must be in English.


Award winners shall be selected by a jury appointed by SIG HFIS. The Chair of SIG-HFIS serves as the Chair of this jury. The Jury shall make one award or none, but reserves the right to designate runners-up, if the quality of the entries so merit.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the central topic or question to the history of information science and technology
  • Significance of the central topic or question
  • Presentation of the relevant literature
  • Appropriateness of methodology and effectiveness of its application
  • Quality of argumentation and analysis
  • Potential to spark further research and/or implications for practice
  • Clarity of writing


Nominations must include:

  • A cover letter addressing how the paper contributes to the history of information science and technology;
  • A current CV/Resume of the author; and
  • The paper, carrying no author identification.

The winner(s) will be acknowledged with a certificate presented by the Chair of SIG HFIS during the SIG business meeting at the ASIS&T annual meeting. Attendance at the annual meeting is highly encouraged, but not required. A prize of USD 500 will be distributed by SIG HFIS in coordination with ASIS&T headquarters.


Submissions and nominations for the awards should be emailed to the SIG-HFIS chair at sighfis@gmail.com.

Submissions and nominations are due on May 15, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. US Pacific Time.

 

 

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