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2012 Methodology Paper Competition

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 2012 Methodology Paper Competition, sponsored by Dialog. The purpose of this award is to stimulate communication on research methodologies at ALISE annual conferences.


The competition is open to all types of methodology. Papers must be limited to description and discussion of a research method or a technique associated with a particular research method. (For example, papers may address such areas as sampling, grounded theory, historical methods, or statistical methods.) Papers must explain the particular method/technique, including methodological implications for library and information science. Examples to illustrate its value can come from LIS-related published studies, proposed studies, and works in progress. Papers that stress findings are not eligible for this competition.


One winning paper will be selected. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the author(s). In cases of joint authorship, one honorarium will be awarded for the paper. Methodology papers prepared by joint authors are eligible for entry but at least one author must be a personal member of ALISE as of the deadline date.


Only one methodology paper per entrant will be considered; multiple entries from the same author will not be accepted. Authors may submit papers for other ALISE competitions; however, the same paper cannot be submitted for more than one category.


Authors may not submit papers that have been published or have been accepted for publication. Authors who have won this award within the past five years are ineligible for this competition.


Papers submitted to this competition can originate from a variety of different sources and applicants are encouraged to develop such papers from their research. Methodology papers completed in pursuit of master’s and doctoral studies (e.g. thesis, seminars, dissertation, course work paper) are eligible, as are papers generated as a result of a research grant or other source of funding.


Submission Requirements

Papers, including the abstract and references, must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (6,000 words), should have one inch margins and be in 12 point font.Two title pages must be sent: One with, and one without, author name(s) and institution. Both title pages must carry the name of the competition for which the paper is being submitted.



The papers will be judged by the ALISE Research Committee with the assistance of additional ALISE members in those cases where the methodology warrants. All reviewing is “blind.” Methodology papers will be judged on the following criteria:


-Description of the method or technique

                -Explanation of methodological implications of the method/technique for LIS

                -Examples of actual or potential applications to library and information science research or studies in related fields (i.e., from published studies, proposed studies, and work in progress)

-Appropriateness of the examples to the paper’s focus on method/technique

-Clarity in the writing and in the paper’s organization


Proposals will be disqualified if they exhibit one or more of the following:

-Lack of adherence to submission requirements

 -Submission of paper for the wrong award

 -Poor quality of the writing

 -Poor organization of material

 -Lack of attention to study design


The committee reserves the right to select no winning paper if, in its judgment, none of the papers is considered satisfactory.


The winners of the awards are expected to present a summary of their papers at the 2012 ALISE Annual Conference.


The methodology paper, including an abstract of no more than 200 words, must be received no later than July 15, 2011. It should be

emailed as a Word attachment to:


Pam McKenzie pmckenzi@uwo.ca

The University of Western Ontario

Chair, Dialog/ALISE Methodology Paper Competition


For more details, please see http://www.alise.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=55542




Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

The Legal History and Rare Books Section (LH&RB) of the American Association of Law Libraries, in cooperation with Cengage Learning, announces the third annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition.
The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Cohen was a leading scholar in the fields of legal research, rare books, and historical bibliography.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage scholarship in the areas of legal history, rare law books, and legal archives, and to acquaint students with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and law librarianship.
Students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related fields are eligible to enter the competition. Both full- and part-time students are eligible. Membership in AALL is not required.
Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The entry form and instructions are available at the LH&RB website: http://www.aallnet.org/sis/lhrb/
Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., April 15, 2011.
The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for expenses associated with attendance at the AALL Annual Meeting.
The runner-up will have the opportunity to publish the second-place essay in LH&RB’s online scholarly journal Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.
Please direct questions to Robert Mead at libram@nmcourts.gov or Sarah Yates at yates006@tc.umn.edu

The Science Jobs ‘Science Network’

The Science Jobs is pleased to announce the launch of an international competition to select new writers among those who are pursuing their PhD research.

The doctoral fellows will get an opportunity to write a short monthly report (maximum of 1000 words) pertaining to their research for The Science Jobs ‘Science Network’. Not only the research findings but new technological developments or any other aspects related to their research can be the topic of the articles. The research fellows should be able to describe how their experiences shape their future career choices.

To begin:

1. Go to http://www.thesciencejobs.com for registration. It is free and a very simple process.
2. Activate your registration by clicking on the activation link in the first email received from us.
3. To consider for the award, submit at least one article every month continuously for one year starting from January 2009.

Deadline for registration is December 15, 2008.

Visit http://www.thesciencejobs.com for more details and registration links.

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