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Awards Overview and Past Winners

Available awards, application criteria and reviewer evaluation criteria:

Deadline extended to July 22, 2018!


Sig-USE Academy of Fellows Inductees:

  • 2018, Denise Agosto
  • 2017, Dania Bilal
  • 2016, Karen Fisher
  • 2015, Sanda Erdelez
  • 2014, Gary Marchionini
  • 2013, Nick Belkin
  • 2012, Pertti Vakkari
  • 2011, Donald Case
  • 2010, Barbara Wildemuth
  • 2009, Elfreda Chatman, Raya Fidel, Karen Fisher, Catherine Ross, Tom WiIson, and Robert Taylor
  • 2008, Reijo Savolainen
  • 2007, Brenda Dervin
  • 2006, Carol Kuhlthau
  • 2005, Marcia Bates

Past Award Winners

2017 ASIS&T SIGUSE Awards Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award: Eric Forcier, Re(a)d Wedding: A Case Study Exploring Everyday Information Behaviors of the Transmedia Fan
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award: Devon Greyson, Information Needs, Seeking, and Assessment of Parents of Gender Creative Children and Transgender Youth
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Melissa G. Ocepek
  • Student Travel Awards: Eun Jung Baik, Yu Chi
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award: Hengyi Fu
  • Innovation Award: Beth St. Jean, Gagan Jindal, and Yuting Liao, Is Ignorance Really Bliss?: Exploring the Interrelationships among Information Avoidance, Health Literacy, and Health Justice
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Award: Dania Bilal

 2016 ASIS&T SIGUSE Awards Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award: Devon Greyson, Evolution of Information Practices over Time
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award: Saguna Shankar, Heather O’Brien, Elissa How, Wendy Lu, Millicent Mabi, and Cecelia Rose, The Role of Information in the Settlement Experiences of Refugee Students
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Heather O’Brien, Saguna Shankar, Elissa How, and Peter Wanyenya, The Information Worlds of Student Refugees in Canada
  • Student Travel Awards: Yiwei Wang, Manasa Rath, Saguna Shankar
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award: Devon Greyson
  • Innovation Award: Tim Gorichanaz, A Gardener’s Experience of Document Work at a Historic Landscape Site
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior AwardKaren Fisher

2015 ASIS&T SIGUSE Awards Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award: Grace Young Joo Jeon & Soo Young Rieh, Social Search Behavior in a Social Q&A Service: Goals, Strategies, and Outcomes
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award: Devin Greyson, Health Information Triangulation: A Complex and Agentic Practice Among Young Parents
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Debbie Rabina & Emily Drabinsky, A Blueprint for Information Intervention for Incarcerated People
  • Student Travel Awards: Leslie Thomson, Sarah Chizari, Danielle Pollock
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award: Dr. Jenna Hartel
  • Innovation Award: No award for 2015
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior AwardDr. Sanda Erdelez

2014 ASIS&T SIGUSE Awards Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award:Wang-ching Whu and Dr. Diane Kelly, Online search stopping behaviours: An investigation of query abandonment and task stopping
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award:Leslie Thomson, When PIM Goes Public: A Case Study of OrganizedLikeJen
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Diane Sonnenwald, Towards a Theory of Human-Rare Book Information Behaviour
  • Student Travel Award:Rebekah Wilson
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award: Dr. Eric Meyers
  • Innovation Award: No award given
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Award: Gary Marchionini
  • Certificate of Merit Posters: Drs. Kyungwon Koh, Ellen Rubenstein, and Kelvin White, Implications and Potential Impacts of Information Behavior Research

 2013 ASIS&T SIGUSE Awards Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award:  Youngseek Kim and Jeffrey M. Stanton, Institutional and Individual Influences on Scientists’ Data Sharing Behaviors: A Multilevel Analysis
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award: Vanessa Kitzie, Erik Choi, and Chirag Shah, From Bad to Good: An Investigation of Question Quality and Transformation
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Waseem Afzal, Information Needs: A Conceptualization, Operationalization and Empirical Validation
  • Student Travel Award:  Devon Greyson
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award: None
  • Innovation Award: Jenna Hartel, Karen Pollock, and Rebecca Noon, The Concept Formerly Known as Information
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Award: Nick Belkin

 2012 ASIS&T SIGUSE Award Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award:  June Ahn, Mega Subramaniam, Kenneth R. Fleischmann, Amanda Waugh, Greg Walsh, & Allison Druin, Youth Identities as Remixers in an Online Community of Storytellers: Attitudes, Strategies, and Values
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award:  Ji Yeon Yang & Soo Young Rieh, Dual Roles in Information Mediation at Work: Analysis of Advice-receiving and Advice-providing Diary Surveys
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Joung Hwa Koo, Yong Wan Cho & Melissa Gross, “Is Ignorance Really Bliss?”: Understanding the Role of Information-Seeking in Coping with Severe Traumatic Stress Among Refugees
  • Student Travel Award:  Laura Christopherson
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award: Roberto Gonzalez-Ibanez
  • Innovation Award: None
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Award: Pertti Vakkari

 2011 ASIS&T SIGUSE Award Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper: Maria Souden (University College Dublin, Ireland) and Joan C. Durrance (University of Michigan), Information Use in Chronic Illness Care: The Role of the Electronic Health Record in Bridging Patient Experience and Healthcare Contexts
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster: Chang Liu (Rutgers University), Using Dwell Time as an Implicit Measure of Usefulness in Different Task Types
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Julie Hersberger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), A Resilience and Information Behavior Model: Understanding Information Roles and Use Outcomes in Homeless Populations.
  • PhD Student Travel Award: Xi Niu (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Awards: Jenna Hartel (University of Toronto)
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Award: Donald Case (University of Kentucky)

2010 ASIS&T SIGUSE Award Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper: Denise Agosto (Drexel University) and June Abbas (Oklahoma University)
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster: Shelagh Genuis (University of Alberta)
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Heather Piwowar (NESCent-Durham, NC)
  • PhD Student Travel Award: Kyungwon Koh (Florida State University)
  • Masters Student Travel Award: Steven Fazzio (University of Texas-Austin)
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Awards: Roberto Gonzalez Ibanez (Rutgers University)
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Award: Barbara Wildemuth (University of North Carolina)
    Barbara was also inducted in the Fellow of the SIG USE Academy of Fellows

2009 ASIS&T SIGUSE Award Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper: Tiffany Veinot (University of Michigan), A lot of people didn’t have a chance to support us because we never told them…’: Stigma management, information poverty and HIV/AIDS information/help networks
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster: Joy Joung Hwa Koo & Melissa Gross (Florida State University), Adolescents’ Information Behavior when Isolated from Peer Groups: Lessons from New Immigrant Adolescents’ Everyday Life Information Seeking
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster – Runner Up: Ellen Rubenstein (University of Illinois), Dimensions of Information Exchange in an Online Breast Cancer Support Group
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Rachael Clemens & Amber Cushing (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Deeply Meaningful Contexts: Probing the Boundaries of Everyday Life Information Seeking
  • Ph.D. Travel Award: Diane Mizrachi (UCLA)
  • Masters Travel Award: Margaret Lam (University of Toronto)
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award Winner: Chirag Shah (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior: Elfreda Chatman, Raya Fidel, Karen Fisher, Catherine Ross, Tom Wilson, and Robert Taylor

2008 ASIS&T SIGUSE Award Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper: Patricia Souto, Brenda Dervin, Reijo Savolainen (University of Tampere, FINLAND; Ohio State University), Designing for knowledge worker informing: an exemplar application of sense-making methodology
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper – Runner Up: Erin M. Peach (University of Denver), The Information Seeking Behaviors of Individuals with Celiac Disease
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster: Maria Souden (University of Michigan), Information Work in the Chronic Illness Experience
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster – Runner Up: Bin Li (Wayne State University), Inside Look at Travelers’ Information Suitcase
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Yaling Lu (State University of New Jersey, Rutgers), Children’s information behaviors in coping with daily life
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award – Runner Up: Yuelin Li (The University of Southern Mississippi), Modeling Work Tasks and Information Seeking Behavior of Natural Disaster Victims
  • Ph.D. Travel Awards:
    Jing Chong (Pennsylvania State University)
    Heather Piwowar (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award Winners: Maria Souden (University of Michigan)
    To attend: American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) annual conference, Making Information Behavior Relevant to Consumer Health Informatics
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior: Reijo Savolainen (University of Tampere, Finland)

2007 ASIS&T SIGUSE Award Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper: Soo Young Rieh (University of Michigan), Toward an Integrated Framework of Information and Communication Behavior: College Students’ Information Resources and Media Selection
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper – Runner Up: Peiling Wang, Dimitris Dervos, Yan Zhang & Lei Wu (University of Tennessee Knoxville), Information-seeking behaviors of academic researchers in the Internet Age: A user study in the United States, China and Greece
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster: Yi Shen (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Digital Information And Communication Networks And Scientific Research Substance – An Investigation Of Meteorology
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster – Runner Up: Brenda Dervin, CarrieLynn D. Reinhard (Ohio State University), Predicting Library, Internet And Other Source Use: A Comparison Of The Predictive Power Of Two User-Defined Categorizations Of Information Seeking Situations — Nature Of Situation Versus Situation “Emotions” Assessments
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Lorri Mon (Florida State University), Information Service Providers in Intermediated Information-Seeking in Virtual Worlds [View Abstract]
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award – Runner Up: Julie Hersberger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), The Information User Environment of Refugees in the United States
  • Ph.D. Travel Awards:
    Eric M. Meyers (University of Washington)
    Nan Zhou (Drexel University)
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior: Brenda Dervin

2006 ASIS&T SIGUSE Award Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper: Bharat Mehra and Kendra S. Albright, Health Information Services Available for People Living With HIV/AIDS: Perspectives of Library and Information Professionals
  • Meritorious Information Behavior Conference Papers: Joan C. Durrance, Dana Walker, Maria Souden, Karen E. Fisher, The Role of Community-Based, Problem-Centered Information Intermediaries in Local Problem Solving
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster: Carol F. Landry, MLIS, Karen E. Fisher (University of Washington), The Missing Piece: Affect and the Information Behavior of Stay-at-home Mothers
  • Meritorious Information Behavior Conference Posters: Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson (University of Technology- Sydney), Analyzing Uncertainty Tolerance in Information Discovery and Use; Lynn Westbrook (University of Texas-Austin) Formal Information Support Systems for Domestic Violence Victims
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Laurie Bonnici (Drexel University), Information Acquisition and Life Satisfaction in Cancer Survivors
  • Student Travel Awards: Ellen Rubenstein (University of Illinois) and Jennifer Berryman (University of Technology- Sydney)
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award Winners:
    Wu He (Center for Learning Technologies)
    To attend: AECT (Association for Educational Communication & Technology) – Anaheim, CA Oct 23rd-27th, 2007
  • Crystal Fulton (University College Dublin)
    To attend: Sunbelt XXVII, INSNA (International Network of Social Network Analysts), Corfu, Greece May 1-6, 2007
  • Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research Award: Carol C. Kuhlthau

2005 ASIS&T SIGUSE Award Winners:

  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper: Michael Summers (Nielsen Norman Group) & Kathryn Summers (University of Baltimore), Reading and Navigational strategies of web users with lower literacy skills
  • Meritorious Information Behavior Conference Papers: Diane Nahl (University of Hawaii at Manoa) Affective and cognitive information behavior: Interaction effects in Internet use; Katy Newton Lawley, Dagobert Soergel, and Xiaoli Huang, University of Maryland, Relevance criteria used by teachers in selecting oral history materials
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster: Theresa D. Anderson (University of Technology, Sydney) Relevance assessment as an everyday experience
  • Meritorious Information Behavior Conference Posters: Kyung-Sun Kim (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Experienced web users’ search behavior: Effects of focus and emotion as control factors; Carol F. Landry (University of Washington) Work roles, tasks and the information behavior of dentists
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Crystal Fulton (University College Dublin) Leisurely Pursuits: Community and Social Inclusion through Irish Lacemaking
  • Student Travel Awards: Abe Crystal (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Tawnya Means (University of Missouri-Columbia)
  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior: Marcia Bates

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