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:

2017    Interactions with Search Systems, Ryen White
2016    Boundary Objects and Beyond: Working with Leigh Star, Editors: Geoffrey C. Bowker, Stefan Timmermans, Adele E. Clarke and Ellen Balka
2015    Indexing It All: The Subject in the Age of Documentation, Information, and Data (History and Foundations of Information Science) , Ronald E. Day
2014    Going Viral, Karine Nahon and Jeff Hemsley & The Discipline of OrganizingRobert J. Glushko
2013    Human Information Interaction: An Ecological Approach to Information Behavior, Raya Fidel
2012    Modern Information RetrievalRicardo Baeza-Yates and Berthier Ribeiro-Neto
2011    Atlas of ScienceKaty Börner
2010    Piracy, The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to GatesAdrian Johns
2010    Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, Third EditionMarcia J. Bates
2009    The Public DomainJames Boyle
2008    Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the InternetChristine Borgman
2006    Memory Practices in the SciencesGeoffrey C. Bowker
2005    Information Politics on the WebRichard Rogers
2004    A History of Online Information Services 1963-1976Charles Bourne and Trudi Bellardo Hahn
2003    Looking for Information: A Survey of Research on Information Seeking, Needs and Behavior, Donald Case
2002    Beyond Our Control? Confronting the Limits of Our Legal System in the Age of CyberspaceStuart Biegel
2001    From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure, Christine Borgman
2000    Text Information Retrieval SystemsCharles T. Meadows, Bert R. Boyce and Donald H. Kraft
1998    Information Storage and RetrievalRobert R. Korfhage
1997    Information Tasks: Toward a User-Centered Approach to Information SystemsBryce Allen
1996    Measuring Information: An Information Service PerspectiveJean Tague-Sutcliffe
1995    Knowledge-Based Systems for General Reference Work: Applications, Problems and ProgressJohn V. Richardson, Jr.
1994    Introduction to Electronic Document Management SystemsWilliam B. Green
1993    Dilemmas in the Study of Information: Exploring the Boundaries of Information Science, Samuel D. Neill
1992    Indexing and Abstracting in Theory and PracticeF. Wilfrid Lancaster
1991    Language and Representation in Information RetrievalDavid C. Blair
1990    Democratizing Information: Online Databases and the Rise of End-User SearchingBryan Pfaffenberger
1989    Information Science: An Integrated ViewAnthony Debons, Ester Horne, and Scott Cronenweth
1988    Federal Information Policies in the 1980’s: Conflicts and IssuesPeter Hernon and Charles R McClure
1987    Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation of DesignTerry Winograd and Fernando Flores
1986    Organizing Information: Principles of Data Base and Retrieval SystemsDagobert Soergel
1985    Subject Access Systems: Alternatives in DesignJessica Milstead
1983    Second-Hand Knowledge: An Inquiry into Cognitive Authority, Patrick Wilson
1982    The Art of AbstractingEdward T. Cremmins
1981    The Information Profession: Survey of an Emerging FieldAnthony Debons, Donald King, Una Mansfield, and Donald L. Shirey
1979    The Structure and Governance of Library NetworksAllen Kent and Thomas Galvin
1978    Toward Paperless Information SystemsF. Wilfrid Lancaster
1977    Essays of an Information Scientist, Eugene Garfield
1976    Publishers and Libraries: A Study of Scholarly and Research JournalsBernard M. Fry and Herbert S. White
1975    Dynamic Information and Library Processing, Gerald Salton
1974    Information Retrieval On-lineF. Wilfrid Lancaster and E.G. Fayen
1973    The Metaphorical BrainMichael A. Arbib
1972    The Making of a LibraryRobert S. Taylor
1971    Handbook of Data Processing for LibrariesJoseph Becker and Robert M. Hayes
1970    Information Retrieval Systems: Characteristics, Testing, and EvaluationF. Wilfrid Lancaster
1969    Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (Volume 3), Carlos A. Cuadra