Student to CAIS/ACSI Award

In order to encourage the growth of library and information science scholarship within Canada, CAIS/ACSI and the editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La revue canadienne des sciences de l'information et de bibliothéconomie (CJILS/RCSIB) are pleased to sponsor the Student to CAIS/ACSI Award.

This award is given annually to the best scholarly paper submitted by a student and accepted for presentation at the Canadian Association for Information Science / L'Association canadienne des sciences de l'information (CAIS/ACSI) annual conference. Adjudication of submissions follows a two step process. Abstracts are adjudicated by the CAIS/ACSI Conference Program Committee. Full papers from the three most highly ranked student abstracts undergo a second review, with the most highly ranked full paper receiving the award. To be considered for this award the abstract must represent a report of scholarly research. Jointly authored submissions are eligible so long as all authors were students at the time when the research described in the abstract was completed. While this competition will be of particular interest to graduate students (both doctoral and masters), it is open to all students of all ages and levels, both full and part time. The competition is open to both Canadian and international students. Although applicants should submit a letter with their abstract identifying themselves as a student, there is no special application process. All abstracts submitted will be considered for this award as long as they meet the criteria. The award consists of a $1,000 (Canadian currency) prize which, in the case of a jointly authored submission, will be shared equally among the authors. The winning author(s) must attend CAIS/ACSI to give their paper and receive the award. The abstract of the paper will be published in the conference proceedings and the full paper in CJILS/RCSIB . Should the CAIS/ACSI Conference Program Committee determine that no submission is worthy, an award will not be given. A description of the conference and the call for papers may be found on the CAIS/ACSI website (

Previous Winners

2009 Tami Oliphant, The University of Western Ontario

Contested Knowledge and Information Behaviour: Treatments for Depression

2008 Shelagh K. Genuis, University of Alberta

Evolving Information in an “Evidence-Based” World: Theoretical Considerations

2007 Mary Cavanagh, The University of Toronto

Re-conceptualizing the ‘Reference Transaction' – The Case for Interaction and Information Relationships at the Public Library Reference Desk

2006 Margaret Kipp, The University of Western Ontario

Complementary or Discrete Contexts in Online Indexing: A Comparison of user, Creator and Intermediary Keywords

2005 Jennifer L. Pecoskie, The University of Western Ontario

The Intersection of “Community” within the Reading Experience: Lesbian Women's Reflections on the Book as Text and Object