ASIS&T SIG-DL Seeking Nominations for Student Engagement Awards

Release date: February 22, 2016

Two Student Engagement Awards, offered by Special Interest Group-Digital Libraries (SIG-DL), have been established to assist students in becoming active contributors within the ASIS&T community through involvement in SIG-DL.  Both awards will be granted through a single submission cycle.

The Awards

The SIG-DL Student Engagement Awards are intended to encourage professional activity in ASIS&T by students who are interested in digital libraries and related initiatives. The First Award is a modest monetary sum to assist with deferring travel costs to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting; the Second Award is a student-level membership to ASIS&T. The awards will be issued to the winning students prior to the ASIS& T Annual Meeting. Award certificates will be presented in a ceremony during the SIG-DL Business Meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Eligibility & Selection

Only graduate students currently enrolled in information science or library and information science programs are eligible to be nominated. Current and former SIG-DL Executive Committee members are not eligible for the awards. Applicants will be evaluated based on demonstrated interest in actively contributing to the mission and goals of ASIS&T. Financial need will be considered as part of the applicant’s eligibility for the awards.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s essay, biography, and resume. The awards will be granted to the first and to the second most relevant applications.  A panel of three SIG-DL Executive Committee members will select the award recipients. Depending on the quality and diversity of the nominations, the awards may not be granted every year. In that instance, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year.

Important Dates

Application due date: April 30, 2016

Awards notification date: May 23, 2016

Nomination Procedure

To submit a nomination, e-mail SIG-DL (asist.sigdl@gmail.com) with the nomination materials. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations will not be considered until all materials have been received.  Nominations will be comprised of the following elements:

  1. The nominee’s name, title, institution, phone, and email address.
  2. An essay (250-500 words) outlining activities and demonstrated interests which illustrate the outstanding potential for the nominee to contribute to ASIS&T in general and SIG-DL in particular.
  3. A brief biography of the nominee.
  4. A current resume of the nominee.

Letters of support of the nominee are optional, but accepted.