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SIG USE ELFREDA A. CHATMAN RESEARCH AWARD

The Elfreda A. Chatman Research Award was established in 2005 and is administered by the SIG USE Awards Jury. It is sponsored by SIG USE.

1. Nature of the Award

1.1 The award shall consist of a Certificate for the winning author (and each co-author) and a check for $1000. The Certificate shall bear the signatures of the Chair of SIG USE and the Chair of the SIG USE Awards Jury.

2. Purpose of the Award

2.1 The purpose of the award is to recognize the best research proposal that falls within the scope of information behavior. Information behavior is broadly defined to include how people construct, need, seek, manage, give, and use information in different contexts.

3. Eligibility

3.1 At least one author of the winning proposal must be a member of SIG USE.

3.2 The proposal must fall within the scope of information behavior (how people construct, need, seek, manage, give and use information in different contexts). The behavior of real people engaged in information activities (in contrast to imagined or presumed users) must be a central part of the research proposal for it to be considered for the award. The proposal must describe research that will be completed within one year of receiving the award. The winning author is expected to report on his/her findings at the subsequent SIG USE Research Symposium at the ASIST annual conference.

3.3 The award is not a once-in-a-lifetime award.

3.4 The proposal cannot be based on a PhD dissertation proposal.

4. Administration

4.1 The Elfeda A. Chatman Research Award is sponsored by SIG USE and is administered by the SIG USE Awards Jury.

5. Nominations

5.1 Nominations should be submitted via email to the Award Jury Chair - Dania Bilal, dania@utk.edu.

5.2 Applications will be forwarded to the Jury without author identification. Therefore, the applicant’s name, address and academic affiliation should not appear on the proposal itself, but only in the covering letter, which should identify the attached proposal as being submitted specifically for this award.

5.3 In summary, the application package should include:

a) a cover letter, stating: the author’s name, address, email, and academic affiliation; and that the attached proposal is being submitted for the Elfreda A. Chatman Research Award;

b) the research proposal (maximum 2500 words) that addresses an information behavior problem, and carrying no applicant identification;

c) a short budget showing how the research funds would be spent.

6. SIG USE Awards Jury Committee.

6.1 The SIG USE Awards Jury is composed of 7 members, including the Jury Chair, appointed by the Chair of SIG USE for a staggered two-year term. The Chair is normally chosen from second year members of the Jury. It is highly desirable to have among the members of the Jury individuals who are broadly and historically knowledgeable about the information behavior field, e.g., former chairs of SIG USE and long-standing members of the research and professional community.

6.2 In most cases, members of the Jury may not be reappointed to a second two-year term.

6.3 If a member of the Jury is also an author of a proposal eligible for this award, the Chair of SIG USE must replace him/her as juror by appointing another member to the Jury Committee.

6.4 In the absence of qualified proposals, the Jury may refrain from granting the award in that year.

7. Selection of the Awardee

7.1 The content of each eligible proposal shall be appraised in terms of the significance of the research problem, the thoroughness of the literature review, formulation of the research questions and objectives, the appropriateness of the methodology, potential significance of the findings, originality, clarity of expression, and structure of the budget and 12 month timeline.

7.2 The maximum number of points that can be given to a proposal is 100. The highest score for each of the evaluation criteria is:

- significance of the research problem - 15

- the thoroughness of the literature review - 10

- formulation of the research questions and objectives - 10

- appropriateness of the methodology - 20

- potential significance of the findings - 10

- originality - 15

- clarity of expression - 10

- structure of the budget and timeline - 10

7.3 Each voting juror assigns points to each eligible proposal, based on the criteria used to evaluate it, and transmits the scores for each proposal to the Jury Chair.

7.4 The Jury Chair totals the points from all jurors, and the winner is the proposal with the highest total score, with an average score of at least 80 points. In cases of a tie, the tying nominees should be re-evaluated.

7.5 The Jury Chair shall communicate the jury’s decision to the Chair of SIG USE, the ASIST President, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, and the ASIST Executive Director.

7.6 The Jury Chair shall provide a 50-250 word abstract, stating why the award was given. The abstract will be used to publicize the award. Material for this abstract can be taken from the voting rationales provided by members of the jury.

7.7 The SIG USE Chair shall notify the author of the winning proposal in advance of the ASIST meeting.

7.9 The winning author is expected to report on his/her findings at the SIG USE Research Symposium at the subsequent ASIST annual conference.

8. Presentation of the Award

8.1 The award shall be announced and presented to the winning author by the Jury Chair during the SIG USE Annual Research Symposium at the annual meeting of the Society.

9. Publicity

9.1 The award shall be publicized in the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science, the SIG USE listserv and any chapter with which the winner is affiliated.

10. Deadlines

10.1 Appointments to the SIG USE Jury committee shall be made in advance of the award year and not later than the start of the ASIST annual meeting.

10.2 Proposals must be submitted to SIG USE (see 5.1) by the posted deadline.

10.3 Selection shall be made and the ASIST President, the ASIST Director and the Chair of SIG USE shall be notified by 7 days before the start of the ASIST annual meeting.

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