The SIG Member-of-the-Year Award was established in 1991. It is administered by the SIG Cabinet.
1.1 The award shall consist of a certificate to be presented to the winner(s) by the SIG Cabinet Director during the SIG Cabinet Meeting (held during the ASIS&T annual meeting).
2. Purpose of the Award
2.1 The purpose of the award is to recognize the service of an individual to the program of a particular SIG. It is given for significant contributions to the membership of the SIG through participation in and support of its events at the annual and mid-year meetings, its publications, and its other activities.
3.1 Any ASIS&T member who is currently a member of the nominating SIG is eligible to receive the award. More than one awardee may be chosen in a given year. The same person may not receive the award in two consecutive years.
4.1 The SIG Member-of-the-Year Award is sponsored by the Society-at-Large and is administered by the SIG Cabinet through its steering committee.
5.1 Nominations shall be solicited by mail from the SIG Chairs by the SIG Cabinet Director.
5.2 Nominations can be made by any ASIS&T member, but are to be associated with the nominee’s activities in a particular SIG. The members of the SIG Cabinet Steering Committee (in their roles as liaisons to individual SIGs) shall also be responsible for soliciting nominations from the SIG Cabinet Representatives. SIG Cabinet Steering Committee members may also submit nominations. Nominations may not be carried over to the following year.
5.3 Nominations shall be submitted electronically by August 15th.
5.4 Each nomination for the SIG Member-of-the-Year Award shall include:
(a) A nominating letter, briefly describing the contributions of the nominee to a specific SIG;
(b) A list of the nominee’s contributions to current SIG activities, e.g.,
- SIG offices held,
- Participation in annual and mid-year meetings,
- Role in developing SIG publications,
- Recruitment activities of the nominee,
- Role in SIG special projects,
- Role in providing other services to SIG members, and
- Role in other SIG activities during the year;
(c) No more than two letters of support; and
(d) No more than two documents illustrating the nominee’s SIG activities.
6. Jury Committee
6.1 The SIG Cabinet Steering Committee shall serve as the jury for this award, with the SIG Cabinet Director serving as Jury Chair.
6.2 If any Jury member has been nominated for this award, the Jury Chair shall appoint another member of the SIG Cabinet (SIG Representatives of Alternates) to serve on the Jury, in place of the nominee.
6.3 If the Jury Chair has been nominated for this award, the Deputy SIG Cabinet Director shall serve as Jury Chair and shall appoint another member of the SIG Cabinet to serve on the Jury, in place of the nominee.
7. Selection of the Awardee
7.1 The nominee’s activities that shall be considered for this award will include:
(a) Participation in annual and mid-year meeting programs as organizer, moderator, speaker, discussant, etc.;
(b) Participation in the SIG’s publication program as author, editor, etc.;
(c) Service as a SIG officer;
(d) Participation in SIG special projects;
(e) Recruitment of new SIG members; and
(f) Participation in the SIG’s provision of other services to its members.
7.2 The Jury may also take into account the SIG’s past activities and the increase in activity for which the nominee is responsible.
7.3 The Jury shall make their decision based upon the documentation submitted. Each member of the Jury shall have one vote.
7.4 If the vote is not unanimous, the Jury shall decide if more than one award should be given. If necessary, run-off votes may be taken or the Jury Chair may convene a conference call to resolve the decision.
7.5 If there are no appropriate candidates, the award need not be given in a particular year.
7.6 The Jury Chair shall communicate the jury’s decision to the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, the ASIS&T Executive Director, and the recipient(s) of the award prior to the annual meeting. Prior notification will allow the recipient(s) to be present to accept his/her/their award(s).
7.7 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 can be taken from the voting rationales provided by the members of the Jury.
7.8 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 SIG Cabinet Director during the SIG Cabinet meeting (held during the ASIS&T annual meeting).
9.1 The award shall be published through the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology and the Association website. In addition, press releases will be sent to the winner’s employer, local newspapers, and other people/agencies suggested by the winner.
10.1 ASIS&T Headquarters and the Jury Chair shall solicit nominations by May 15.
10.2 Nominations are to be submitted electronically by August 15.
10.3 Selection shall be made and the ASIS&T President, the Chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, the ASIS&T Executive Director, and the award recipient(s) shall be notified by 30 days before the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.
[Approved by Board: 10/31/91] [revised 5/95]