Purpose of the Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding book in information science published during the preceding calendar year. The award shall be given to the author(s) whose book is judged to have made the most outstanding contribution in the field of information science during the calendar year preceding the ASIS&T annual meeting.


The nominee must meet the following qualifications:

  • For this award, “information science” is considered to include all the communication activities and information science and technology fields noted in the first paragraph of Article II, “Purpose,” of the ASIS&T Constitution and Bylaws, published on the Society website.
  • The first edition of the book must have been published during the calendar year preceding the year of the award.
  • Technical reports, government documents, academic theses, manuscripts, and other materials, not published in the customary sense of the term, do not qualify as books.
  • Authors need not be members of ASIS&T to be nominated for the award but must become members prior to the conferral of the award.


Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Social or practical importance of key questions or issues (to what extent would this book affect the behavior, practice or thinking of information professionals or of other action-oriented personnel in positions of responsibility, as opposed to being primarily reflective comments for other researchers only?);
  • Relevance to information science and technology (to what extent would readers see the problem or issue addressed as central to their field, as opposed to peripheral?);
  • Validity of claims (to what extent are the arguments and evidence offered in support of claims compelling, measured against the rigorous standards of scientific inquiry, as opposed to tenuous or questionable?);
  • Originality of ideas or methods (to what extent does this book represent a fresh, imaginative, innovative, possibly trail-blazing approach that is new, as opposed to being a more routine or non-creative contribution?)
  • Significance of research (to what extent do the discoveries, insights, conclusions, or accomplishments reported shed a light on other important issues of central concern to the field, as opposed to being isolated?);
  • Readability of the book as an integral work of scientific literature (to what extent is it a well-organized and integral work, outstanding for its clarity or persuasiveness and enjoyable to read, as opposed to boring, confused, dense?); and
  • Scholarship (to what extent are intellectual debts acknowledged and all assertions appropriately documented, as opposed to failing to give credit to the contributions of others?).

Nominations Process

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm US Pacific Time on the deadline date. Candidate books may be submitted by anyone or may be invited.

Nominations must include:

  • Name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information of book author(s);
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominator;
  • A letter of nomination (up to 3 pages in length) describing the rationale for the nomination;
  • Up to three additional letters of support (up to 3 pages in length each);
  • Six (6) copies of the book mailed to ASIS&T Headquarters. Books must be received at ASIS&T no later than the deadline date.
  • An administrative fee of $50 per title.

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 seven criteria listed in section 3, and send their ratings to the jury chair by April 30. Jury members should also submit 1-2 sentences for each nominee summarizing what they see as the most exemplary accomplishments of that nominee.
  • The jury chair shall tally the votes, with each of the seven 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 seven criteria used by the other jurors.

Nature of the Award

The Best Information Science Book Award was established in 1969. The award is sponsored by the Association-at-Large and is administered by the Awards & Honors Committee. The award shall consist of a certificate. It may also include a citation or promotion in Inside ASIS&T.

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 5/96] [revised 6/17][revised 11/17][revised 2/18]