The James M. Cretsos Leadership Award was established in 1992 and is administered by the Leadership Committee.

1. Nature of the Award

1.1 The award shall consist of a plaque to be presented to the recipient by the Chair of the Leadership Committee at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

2. Purpose of the Award

2.1 The purpose of this award is to recognize a new ASIS&T member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIS&T activities.

2.2 This award addresses a number of ASIS&T concerns:
(a) The need to attract new members and retain their membership as a lifelong commitment;
(b) The need to recognize and develop those new members with outstanding leadership qualities as future leaders of ASIS&T at the highest levels; and
(c) The need to recognize newer members for service to the organization rather than limiting recognition at this stage to academic achievements.

3. Eligibility

3.1 Any ASIS&T member who has been a member for no more than seven years (including years as a student member, if applicable), at the time the award is made, is eligible to receive the award.

3.2 More than one awardee may be chosen in a given year.

3.3 Prior James M. Cretsos Leadership Award winners, members of the James M. Cretsos Leadership Award Jury, and the Chair of the Leadership Committee in the year that the award is given are not eligible.

4. Administration

4.1 The James M. Cretsos Leadership Award is sponsored by the Society-at-Large and is administered by the Leadership Committee.

5. Nominations

5.1 The call for nominations shall appear in official ASIS&T communication venues.

5.2 The Jury Chair shall solicit and receive nominations from any member of the Society, Chapter Chairs, SIG Chairs, Committee Chairs, or members of the Board of Directors.

5.3 Nominations should be submitted via the electronic submission form by June 15 each year.

5.4 Nomination packages shall include:
(a) Nominating letter;
(b) No more than two pages of data, including:

  • Name of the award;
  • Name, title, affiliation, address, telephone number of nominee;
  • Name, title, affiliation, address, telephone number of nominator;
  • Year the nominee joined ASIS&T;
  • ASIS&T activities (SIG, chapter, and/or student chapter);
  • Participation in chapter programs;
  • Participation in chapter or SIG publications;
  • Chapter/SIG projects;
  • ASIS&T committees; and
  • Recruitment/retention (of members) activities;

(c) No more than five letters of support; and
(d) No more than two supporting documents.

5.5 Nominations are not automatically carried over from one year to the next, but a renomination can be made by reference to a prior nomination, plus the inclusion of up-dated material.

6. Jury Committee

6.1 The Chair of the Leadership Committee appoints five members, at least two but no more than three from the membership of the Leadership Committee, to serve as the Jury for this award, with one appointed as Jury Chair.

6.2 Jury members cannot be reappointed to serve on the jury until 5 years have past since they last served.

7. Selection of the Awardee

7.1 Activities by nominees considered for this award include:
(a) Participation in ASIS&T annual meeting as organizer, moderator, speaker, discussant, etc.; 20 points
(b) Participation in programs and activities of SIGs, chapters and/or student chapters; 50 pts.
(c) Services on ASIS&T committees; 15 pts. and
(d) Recruitment of new ASIS&T members and/or retention of existing members; 15 pts.

7.2 Each juror shall review and evaluate the complete file of all the nominees received.

7.3 Each juror shall vote yes or no on whether any nominee shall be chosen and shall rank the nominees in order, with the first choice ranked 1, the second 2, etc.

7.4 If at least three of the five jurors vote no, the nominations shall be rejected. If less than three jurors vote no then the nominee remains among the selection group and should be ranked with the score of 1+ total number of nominees by those jurors who voted “no”. The Jury Chair shall total all the rankings and declare the recipient to be that nominee with the lowest total, provided the nominee shall have received two first-place votes.

7.5 In the event that no nominee can be declared the awardee, the Jury Chair shall announce the result to the Jury and repeat the polling process, deleting from the list the nominee who shall have received the highest total score in the preceding poll. The polling process shall be repeated until the awardee is determined.

7.6 In the absence of qualified nominations, the Jury may review submissions from previous years and/or solicit additional nominations and extend the nominations deadline.

7.7 The Jury Chair shall communicate the jury’s decision to the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Leadership Committee, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, the ASIS&T Executive Director and the recipient(s) of the award by 60 days before the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting. Prior notification will allow the recipients to be present to accept the award.

7.8 The Jury Chair shall provide a 50-250 word abstract, stating why the award was given. The abstract will be used to publicize the award. Material for this abstract can be taken from the voting rationales provided by the members of the Jury.

7.9 The Jury Chair shall submit the nomination packets and the results of jury deliberations to ASIS&T Headquarters, after selection of the awardee(s) has been completed.

8. Presentation of the Award

8.1 The award shall be presented to the winner(s) by the Chair of the Leadership Committee during the ASIS&T awards luncheon.

9. Publicity

9.1 The award shall be publicized in official ASIS&T communication venues, including the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, ASIS&T web pages, ASIS&T social media sites, in the newsletters of the chapter and SIGs with which the winner is affiliated. In addition, press releases may be sent to the winner’s employer and local newspapers and other people/agencies suggested by the winner. Publicity is the responsibility of ASIS&T Headquarters.

10. Deadlines

10.1 Appointments to the Jury Committee shall be made by March 15.

10.2 Nominations must be submitted electronically by March 31st each year.

10.3 Selection shall be made and the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Leadership Committee, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, the ASIS&T Executive Director and the winner(s) shall be notified by May 15.

[Approved by Board: 10/31/91] [revised 5/95][revised 5/96][revised 6/97][revised 5/12][revised 3/17][revised 11/17]