SILS Alumna, Dr. Cassidy Sugimoto, Receives ILS 2013 Trustees Teaching Award

April 21, 2014

Dr. Cassidy SugimotoDr. Cassidy R. Sugimoto (MSLS ‘07, Ph.D. ‘10), alumna of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and assistant professor at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington, has been selected to receive the Information and Library Science (ILS) Trustees Teaching Award in recognition for her excellence in teaching during 2013. She was nominated by the ILS Faculty Affairs Committee, and Dean Bobby Schnabel approved the nomination.

Dr. Sugimoto joined Indiana University Bloomington in the Spring of 2010. In 2013, she taught three sections of “Evaluation of Resources and Services,” a required Master of Library Science course. Students’ comments in the course evaluations included strong praise for her classes and enthusiasm in her teaching approach. This Spring, she is teaching a course in “Scholarly Communications,” an area of growing interest and importance in academic libraries.

Dr. Sugimoto is active professionally, having presented a keynote talk “Gender Equality and Human Development in Science” last November at the Know Escape: Analyzing the Dynamics of Information and Knowledge Landscapes conference in Finland. She has also been recently highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article titled, “Lowered Cites” that discusses researcher’s citations and the lack of citations for female as opposed to male researchers.

Dr. Sugimoto has been active with the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) an international professional agency for information professionals. She is also a member of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the International Society for Scientometrics and Infometrics. She is currently a visiting professor of Information Science at the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Library Science from SILS, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to her colleagues, Dr. Sugimoto encourages her students to follow her example and engage professionally by participating in meetings and using their course projects as the basis for publications.

In addition to the teaching award, she has received the ALISE/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award (2011); the James M. Cretsos Leadership Award, ASIS&T (2009); the ALISE 2009 Best Paper Award for "MPACT Family Trees: Quantifying academic genealogy in library and information science" (2009); and the SILS Outstanding Service to School Award (2007).

This news announcement is based on the press release issued by Indiana University Bloomington. 
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