Claudia Gollop to receive ALISE Award for Professional Contribution

Release date: 

December 19, 2017

Claudia Gollop, Associate Professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been named the 2018 winner of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Award for Professional Contribution.


Dr. Claudia Gollop

The award is presented to ALISE members for regular and sustained service that promotes and strengthens the broad areas of library and information science education through the holding of appropriate offices and positions within the profession.

“Dr. Gollop is known for her work in health information needs and access, particularly of marginalized populations,” wrote one of Gollop’s nominators for the award. “Her groundbreaking research article ‘Health information-seeking behavior and older African American women’ has been cited more than 100 times by researchers and scholars in the health related, geriatric, and of course, the LIS professions. Her research demonstrates to other fields what concerns LIS, what it is that we do in research, and how LIS participates in the advancement of knowledge.”

Gollop has been a member of the SILS faculty since 1994, and served as associate dean from 2004-2007. She teaches in the areas of reference services, health information resources and services, information issues related to diverse user groups. Currently, her research interests revolve around issues of consumer health information (CHI) acquisition and dissemination and specific populations, older adults in particular.

She received the Edward G. Holley for the Good of the Order Award from SILS in 2012, held the Frances Carroll McColl Term Professorship at SILS, and received the Round Table for Ethnic and Minority Concerns REMCo Roadbuilders' Award in Library Education from the North Carolina Library Association in 2009.

“Dr. Gollop has made invaluable contributions to SILS and the LIS field through her scholarship and mentorship of students, as well as junior faculty members and other professionals,” said SILS Dean Gary Marchionini. “We are so pleased she is receiving this national recognition for her years of hard work and dedication.” 

Gollop and other ALISE award winners will be honored at the 2018 conference in Denver, Colorado, Feb. 6-9.