Purpose of the Award

The Award of Merit recognizes sustained contributions to the field of information science. Its purpose is to recognize an individual deemed to have made particularly noteworthy contributions. Such contributions may include 1) scholarly contributions to the advancement of our field, such as the expression of new ideas, the creation of new technologies, the development of better techniques, or substantial research efforts which have led to further development of thought or devices or applications, or 2) other outstanding contributions to the field/profession of information science, as evidenced by successful efforts in the educational, social, or political processes affecting the profession. The Award of Merit is typically awarded for the sum of a person’s professional career.


The nominee must meet the following qualifications:

  • Nominees and nominators must be current members in good standing of ASIS&T.


Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Impact on Theory (theoretical contributions to the information field, broadly defined)
  • Impact on Practice (contributions to the information professions, broadly defined, along with methodological contributions)
  • Leadership in the Field (leadership in ASIS&T and other organizations within the information field, broadly defined)
  • Education and Mentoring (excellence in teaching; contributions to pedagogy, including innovative educational methods and tools; mentoring of doctoral students, postdocs, and junior faculty)
  • Sustained Involvement in the Field (involvement in ASIS&T over the nominee’s career; broader involvement in the information field, broadly defined)

Nominations Process

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm US Pacific Time on the deadline date. Nominations must include:

  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominee;
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominator;
  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of nomination (up to 3 pages in length) describing the rationale for the nomination and the works for which the nominee is recommended;
  • A copy of one significant publication or similar work created by the nominee, if that contributes to an understanding of the nominee’s work (optional); and
  • Up to three (3) supporting letters (up to 3 pages in length each).

Nominations may be carried over for the succeeding two years unless withdrawn by the nominator.

Selection Process

Award winners shall be selected by a jury composed of ASIS&T members:

  • Jury members will rate each nominee on a scale of 5 (highest) to 1 (lowest) on each of the five criteria listed in section 3, and send their ratings to the jury chair. Jury members should also submit a brief synopsis summarizing the most exemplary accomplishments of that nominee.
  • The jury chair shall tally the votes, with each of the five categories weighted equally. The nominee with the highest point total shall be the winner. The jury chair shall use the qualitative feedback from the jury as well as their own judgment to write a ~ 250-word abstract stating the rationale for making the award.
  • In the event of a tie, the jury chair will identify an additional jury member to break the tie. This new jury member will evaluate only the tied nominations and will rate them using the same five criteria used by the other jurors.

Nature of the Award

The Award of Merit was established in 1964. The Award is sponsored by the Association-at-Large and is administered by the Awards and Honors Committee. It is the Association’s highest honor. The award shall consist of a Revere Bowl and printed citation. The Bowl shall be engraved with the name of the awardee and the date.

Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented at the Awards Ceremony held during the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Important Dates

  • Jury Appointment: March 15
  • Submission Deadline: March 31
  • Selection Deadline: May 15


[Approved by Board: 10/31/91][revised 5/95][revised 11/97][revised 11/15][revised 6/17][revised 11/17][revised 2/18]