The Best Information Science Book Award was established in 1969 and is administered by the Awards & Honors Committee.
1. Nature of the Award
1.1 The award shall consist of a certificate containing the name(s) of the author(s), the title of the book, the date, and the signature of the ASIS&T President. It may also include a citation, or promotion in the Bulletin.
2. Purpose of the Award
2.1 The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding book in information science published during the preceding calendar year.
2.2 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.
3.1 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.
3.2 Technical reports, government documents, academic theses, manuscripts, and other materials, not published in the customary sense of the term, do not qualify as books.
4.1 The Best Information Science Book Award is sponsored by the Society-at-Large and is administered by the Awards & Honors Committee.
5.1 Candidate books may be submitted by anyone or may be invited.
5.2 Publishers are expected to submit six (6) copies of each candidate title to the Chair of the Best Information Science Book Award Jury (ASIS&T HQ). We also request a payment of $25 per title (payable to ASIS&T) to offset the administrative cost of distributing the books to the jury.
5.3 All nominations should be submitted to ASIS&T Headquarters by July 1of the year in which the award is to be given.
5.4 Each nomination package shall include:
(a) Name of the award;
(b) Name(s) of the author(s), address, telephone number, and affiliation;
(c) Name of the nominator, address, telephone number, and affiliation;
(d) A 50-word citation;
(e) A 250-word description of contribution for which nominated;
(f) No more than three letters of support; and
(g) Six (6) copies of the book.
(h) An administrative fee of $25 per title.
6. Jury Committee
6.1 The Chair of the Jury is appointed annually by the Chair of the Awards & Honors Committee.
6.2 The Jury Chair shall appoint the four other members of the Jury, keeping in mind the range of Society membership and interests.
6.3 All appointments are for one year and no one on the Jury can serve a second consecutive term.
7. Selection of the Awardee
7.1 The winning book is determined by a plurality of the votes of the Jury and is selected on the basis of the book’s importance and relevance to information science and technology, readability, validity, originality, research significance, and scholarship.
7.2 By a majority vote, the Jury may chose to make no award.
7.3 Evaluation is based on the following selection criteria:
(a) Social or practical importance of key questions or issues (to what extent would this book affect the behavior 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?);
(b) Relevance to information science (to what extent would readers see the problem or issue addressed as central to their field as opposed to peripheral?);
(c) 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?);
(d) 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 noncreative contribution?)
(e) 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?);
(f) Readability of the book as an integral work of scientific literature (to what extent is it a well-organized integral work, outstanding for its clarity or persuasiveness and enjoyable to read, as opposed to boring, confused, dense?); and
(g) Scholarship (to what extent are intellectual debts acknowledged and all assertions appropriately documented?).
7.4 The Jury Chair shall communicate the Jury’s decision to the ASIS&T President, and the ASIS&T Executive Director by 60 days before the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
7.5 The Jury Chair shall provide a 50-250 word abstract, stating why the award was given. This abstract will be used to publicize the award. Material for this abstract may be taken from the voting rationales provided by the members of the jury.
7.6 The Jury Chair shall submit the results of Jury deliberations to ASIS&T Headquarters, after selection of the awardee has been completed.
8. Presentation of the Award
8.1 The award shall be announced and presented to the author(s) of the best book by the ASIS&T President at the banquet of the annual meeting of the Society.
9.1 The award shall be publicized through the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology and related professional journals. In addition, press releases may be sent to the winning author’s employer and local newspapers and the publisher of the book. Publicity is the responsibility of ASIS&T Headquarters.
10.1 Appointments to the Jury shall be made in advance of the award year and not later than the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
10.2 Nominations must be submitted to ASIS&T Headquarters by July 1. All submissions shall be acknowledged upon receipt.
10.3 Selection shall be made and the ASIS&T President, and the ASIS&T Executive Director shall be notified by 60 days before the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
Approved by Board: [10/31/91] [revised 5/95] [revised 5/96]