SILS student, alumni and faculty member receive research awards at ALISE Conference

January 25, 2012

Carolyn HankFive members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) community, past and present, have received research awards from the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE).

Alumni Carolyn Hank (Ph.D. ’11), assistant professor at McGill University, and Cassidy Sugimoto (Ph.D. ’10), assistant professor at University of Indiana, Bloomington, and Jeffrey Pomerantz, SILS associate professor have been awarded the 2012 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Research Grant. Hank (PI), and Sugimoto and Pomerantz (Co-PIs) collaborated to create a research proposal titled “Teaching in the Age of Facebook and other Social Media: LIS Faculty and Students ‘Friending’ and ‘Poking’ in the Social Sphere.” Frederic Stutzman, (Ph.D. ’11) and a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, is serving as an expert advisor to the project. The grant awarded totaled $5,000.

Jeff PomerantzIn order to be eligible for the ALISE Research Grant, the researchers were required to compose a proposal outlining a description of the project, the project’s objectives, expected benefits of the research, a detailed budget and more. According to the ALISE Web site, proposals were judged on the “appropriateness of the proposed project to issues in library and information science education in its broadest context; significance of the problem; design of the study; the investigator's qualifications: how likely she/he is to be successful, based on previous work and/or possession of the requisite skills; the appropriateness of the schedule and the likelihood that the work will be accomplished on time; and completeness of the application.” On January 18th, Hank presented the planned course of study, on behalf of her and her collaborators, before the ALISE community during the 2012 annual conference, held in Dallas, TX.

Cassidy SugimotoIn addition to the ALISE research grant, Hank (PI) and Sugimoto’s (Co-PI) research proposal, “The Biblioblogosphere: A Comparison of Communication and Preservation Perceptions and Practices between Blogging LIS Scholar-Practitioners and LIS Scholar-Researchers” was one of three proposals, out of 23 completed submissions, selected as winners of the OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Competition.  Also selected was a proposal by SILS doctoral candidate, Mary Wilkins Jordan, assistant professor at Simmons College, for her and her colleague Laura Saunders’ proposal, “Reference Competencies from the Practitioner’s Perspective: An International Comparison.”

Mary Wilkins JordanThe overall goal of the OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Competition, “is to promote independent research, particularly work helping to integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches, and research that contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors. Grant awards range up to $15,000 and support one-year research projects.”

“We congratulate the members of these research teams who are investigating compelling topics,” said Dr. Gary Marchionini, SILS dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. “It’s rewarding to see our alumni collaborating with one another and with our students and  faculty to conduct award-winning research.” 

Photos: Upper right, Carolyn Hank (photo by Claudio Calligaris); upper left, Jeff Pomerantz (photo by Dan Sears); lower left, Cassidy Sugimoto; lower right, Mary Wilkins Jordan.