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ASIS&T SIG-DL Seeking Nominations for Student Engagement Award

Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019
Original Release date: April 26, 2019

The Student Engagement Award, offered by Special Interest Group-Digital Libraries (SIG-DL), has been established to assist promising students in becoming active contributors within the ASIS&T community through involvement in SIG-DL. The award will be granted through a single submission cycle.

The Award
The SIG-DL Student Engagement Award is intended to encourage professional activity in ASIS&T by students who are interested in digital libraries and related initiatives. The award is comprised of a modest monetary sum to assist with deferring travel costs to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. A single award value is up to $1200 to cover Annual Meeting registration and travel. The award will be issued to the winning student prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. An award certificate will be presented in a ceremony during the SIG-DL Business Meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Eligibility & Selection
Only graduate students currently enrolled in information science or library and information science programs are eligible to be nominated. Current and former SIG-DL Executive Committee members are not eligible for the awards.  Applicants will be evaluated based on demonstrated interest in actively contributing to the mission and goals of ASIS&T. Financial need will be considered as part of the applicant’s eligibility for the awards.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s essay, biography, and resume. The awards will be granted to the most relevant application.  A panel of three SIG-DL Executive Committee members will select the award recipient. Depending on the quality and diversity of the nominations, the awards may not be granted every year. In that instance, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year.

Important Dates
Application due date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Awards notification date: Friday, July 26, 2019

Nomination Procedure
To submit a nomination, email SIG-DL ( with the nomination materials. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations will not be considered until all materials have been received.  Nominations will be comprised of the following elements:

  1. The nominee’s name, title, institution, phone, and email address
  2. An essay (250-500 words) outlining how attendance at the Annual Meeting will enable the nominee to increase contribution to ASIS&T in general and SIG-DL in particular
  3. A brief biography of the nominee
  4. A current resume of the nominee
  5. Letters of support of the nominee (optional, but encouraged)
  6. Optional: Explanation of financial need, should nominee choose to disclose