ALISE/The Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition

Previous Winners

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 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, 2016 and May 30, 2017 will be selected. Each winner will receive $500, plus conference registration and personal membership in ALISE. Winners of the Dissertation Competition will present a summary of their work at the ALISE Annual Conference.

This award is supported by the ALISE Endowment Fund.

Submission Requirements:

Your submission must include:

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

(2)  A copy of the dissertation completed between June 1, 2016 and May 30, 2017

(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 Submission Instructions
Access the submission form here. After you create a login, click on Award Submission/Nomination at the bottom of the page. In the submission form, please be sure you enter the name(s) of the individual being nominated. List one nominee per line. If there is more than one nominee, use the Org. Index box on the right side to indicate institutional names. The number in the Org. Index box must correspond to the number below it. Prior to uploading documents, be sure to refer to your award’s requirements.


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


Elise Lewis, University of South Carolina -


Rachel Applegate, Indiana University
Laurie Bonnici, University of Alabama
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia
Tim Gorichanaz, Drexel University
Chair may recommend additional committee members if warranted by number of submissions.

Board Liaison:

Dietmar Wolfram, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee -

 Previous Winners

2017 - Devon Greyson, University of British Columbia, for Health-Related Information Practices and the Experiences of Young Parents

2016 - Angela Pollak, University of Western Ontario, for Words to Live By:  How Experience Shapes Our Information World at Work, Play, and in Everyday Life

2015 - Kyong Eun Oh, Rutgers University, for The Process of Organizing Personal information

2014 - Youngseek Kim, University of Kentucky, for Institutional and Individual Influence on Scientists' Data Sharing Behavior

2013 - Kimberly Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles, for Appraisal Learning Networks: How University Archivists Learn to Appraise through Social Interaction

Michelle Caswell, University of Wisconsim - Madison, for Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence and Voice in Khmer Rouge Mug Shots

2012 - Eric Matthew Meyers, University of Washington, for The Nature and Impact of Information Problem Solving in the Middle School Classroom

2011 - Shari Ann Lee, St. John's University - Queens, for Teen Space: Designed for Whom? and Cassidy Sugimoto, Indiana University - Bloomington, for Mentoring, Collaboration, and Interdisciplinary: An Evaluation of the Scholarly Development of Information and Library Science Doctoral Students 

2010 - 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, for Social Capital and HIV/AIDS Information Help Exchange Networks in Rural Canada

2009 - Xiaojun Yuan, Rutgers University, for Supporting Multiple Information-Seeking Strategies in a Single System Framework

2008 - Kara Anne Reuter, University of Maryland, for Children Selecting Books in a Library: Extending Models of Information Behavior to a Recreational Setting

2007 - Kate Williams, Dominican University, for Social Networks, Social Capital, and the Use of Information and Communications Technology in Socially Excluded Communities: A Study of Community Groups in Manchester England

2006 - Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, for Understanding Implicit Feedback and Documents Preference: A Naturalistic User Study