This annual award, is given to the author of an outstanding book relevant to the information sciences, including all communication activities and information science and technology fields defined in the purpose of ASIS&T.  Books are judged on their importance to information science and technology, readability, validity, originality, research significance and scholarship.

Past recipients of the Best Information Science Book Award:

YearBook / Author
2018Information and Society, Michael Buckland
2017Interactions with Search Systems, Ryen White
2016Boundary Objects and Beyond: Working with Leigh Star, Editors: Geoffrey C. Bowker, Stefan Timmermans, Adele E. Clarke and Ellen Balka
2015Indexing It All: The Subject in the Age of Documentation, Information, and Data (History and Foundations of Information Science) , Ronald E. Day
2014Going Viral,   Karine Nahon and Jeff Hemsley &  The Discipline of Organizing ,  Robert J. Glushko
2013Human Information Interaction: An Ecological Approach to Information Behavior, Raya Fidel
2012Modern Information Retrieval, Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Berthier Ribeiro-Neto
2011Atlas of Science, Katy Börner
2010Piracy, The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates, Adrian Johns
2010Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, Third Edition, Marcia J. Bates
2009The Public Domain, James Boyle
2008Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet, Christine Borgman
2006Memory Practices in the Sciences, Geoffrey C. Bowker
2005Information Politics on the Web, Richard Rogers
2004A History of Online Information Services 1963-1976, Charles Bourne and Trudi Bellardo Hahn
2003Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs and Behavior, Donald Case
2002Beyond Our Control? Confronting the Limits of Our Legal System in the Age of Cyberspace, Stuart Biegel
2001From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure, Christine Borgman
2000Text Information Retrieval Systems, Charles T. Meadows, Bert R. Boyce and Donald H. Kraft
1998Information Storage and Retrieval, Robert R. Korfhage
1997Information Tasks: Toward a User-Centered Approach to Information Systems, Bryce Allen
1996Measuring Information: An Information Service Perspective, Jean Tague-Sutcliffe
1995Knowledge-Based Systems for General Reference Work: Applications, Problems and Progress, John V. Richardson, Jr.
1994Introduction to Electronic Document Management Systems, William B. Green
1993Dilemmas in the Study of Information: Exploring the Boundaries of Information Science, Samuel D. Neill
1992Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and Practice, F. Wilfrid Lancaster
1991Language and Representation in Information Retrieval, David C. Blair
1990Democratizing Information: Online Databases and the Rise of End-User Searching, Bryan Pfaffenberger
1989Information Science: An Integrated View, Anthony Debons, Ester Horne, and Scott Cronenweth
1988Federal Information Policies in the 1980's: Conflicts and Issues, Peter Hernon and Charles R McClure
1987Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation of Design, Terry Winograd and Fernando Flores
1986Organizing Information: Principles of Data Base and Retrieval Systems, Dagobert Soergel
1985Subject Access Systems: Alternatives in Design, Jessica Milstead
1983Second-Hand Knowledge: An Inquiry into Cognitive Authority, Patrick Wilson
1982The Art of Abstracting, Edward T. Cremmins
1981The Information Profession: Survey of an Emerging Field, Anthony Debons, Donald King, Una Mansfield, and Donald L. Shirey
1979The Structure and Governance of Library Networks, Allen Kent and Thomas Galvin
1978Toward Paperless Information Systems, F. Wilfrid Lancaster
1977Essays of an Information Scientist, Eugene Garfield
1976Publishers and Libraries: A Study of Scholarly and Research Journals, Bernard M. Fry and Herbert S. White
1975Dynamic Information and Library Processing, Gerald Salton
1974Information Retrieval On-line, F. Wilfrid Lancaster and E.G. Fayen
1973The Metaphorical Brain, Michael A. Arbib
1972The Making of a Library, Robert S. Taylor
1971Handbook of Data Processing for Libraries, Joseph Becker and Robert M. Hayes
1970Information Retrieval Systems: Characteristics, Testing, and Evaluation, F. Wilfrid Lancaster
1969Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (Volume 3),  Carlos A. Cuadra