University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumnus, Chirag Shah (Ph.D. ’10) is the recipient of the James Crestos Leadership Award and the Information Needs, Seeking and USE award for Best Information Conference Poster. The awards are presented by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).
According to the ASIS&T Web site, the purpose of the James Crestos Leadership Award is to recognize a new ASIS&T member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIS&T activities.”
The award consists of a plaque which was presented to Shah at the ASIS&T annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
“Chirag has great energy and enthusiasm for professional engagement with the field,” said Gary Marchionini, SILS dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. “He engages his students and colleagues in professional service and has taken on many leadership roles at ASIS&T. He well-deserves the recognition this prestigious award brings.”
"I am grateful to SILS, and specifically to my advisor Gary Marchionini, who not only encouraged, but also fascilitated my scholarly associations with ASIS&T that brought me these recognitions," said Shah.
Shah and his colleagues also won “ASIS&T’s Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award” for their poster “From Bad to Good: An Investigation of Question Quality and Transformation.” This award is given to the best poster presented at ASIS&T “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.”
Shah became a member of ASIS&T as a student in 2008, and he has since had several articles published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). Today he works as an assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University.