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The Best Information Behavior Paper 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 $200. In exceptional circumstances, the Jury may also award up to two "Certificates of Merit" to additional outstanding papers. 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 paper presented at the Annual ASIST Conference 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 paper must be a member of SIG USE.

3.2 The paper 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 a paper for it to be considered for the award. Papers which report the results of empirical research, theoretical papers and methodological papers are all eligible for consideration.

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

4. Administration

4.1 The Best Information Behavior Paper Award is sponsored by SIG USE and is administered by the SIG USE Awards Jury.

5. Nominations

5.1 SIG USE members whose papers are accepted by the ASIST conference are eligible to apply for the award. Authors must include the "human information behavior" indexing category when they submit their papers using the automated system.

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 paper 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 papers, the Jury may refrain from granting the award in that year.

7. Selection of the Awardee

7.1 The Jury will have access to the final, accepted versions of all conference papers. There will be a double-blinded review process.

7.2 The content of each eligible paper shall be appraised in terms of the following criteria as appropriate: conceptual relevance to information behavior; appropriateness of the methodology; significance of the findings; originality; and, clarity of expression.

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

In the case of papers where some of the evaluation criteria do not apply (for example, it may be inappropriate to assess a theory paper in terms of methodology and/or significance of the findings), only the relevant criteria will be applied and final scores converted to percentages to afford comparison with other papers.

7.4 Each eligible paper will be assesses initially by at least three Jury members. The Jury Chair assigns papers to individual Jury members for first assessment, taking the expertise of individual Jury members into account. The six most highly ranked papers in the first round of adjudication, will be evaluated again by all Jury members.

7.5 Each Jury member assigns points to each eligible paper assigned to her/him for review, based on the criteria used to evaluate it, and transmits the scores for each paper to the Jury Chair.

7.6 The Jury Chair totals and averages the scores from all the jurors from the second and final round of adjudication, and the winner is the paper with the highest average score. To win, a paper must have an average score of at least 80 points. In the case of a tie, the tying papers should be re-evaluated by all Jury members to determine a single winner.

7.7 The Jury Chair shall communicate the jury's decision to the Chair of SIG USE, the ASIST President, and the ASIST Executive Director.

7.8 The Jury Chair shall provide a 50 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.

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 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 Jury members will have access to the conference papers as soon as the final, accepted versions are received at ASIST Headquarters.

10.3 Selection shall be made and the ASIST President, the ASIST Director and the Chair of SIG USE shall be notified by 21 days before the start of the ASIST annual meeting.

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