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ASIS&T Fellowship

Purpose of the Award

This award recognizes individuals who have made substantial and sustained contributions to ASIS&T and the broader field of Information Science. ASIS&T Fellows will have made a significant contribution to one or more of the following areas of information science: research, products, teaching, and service to the profession, the association, and other entities such as government, industry, etc. Fellows must uphold ethical and professional standards to be appointed and to maintain the honor.


The nominee must meet the following qualifications:

  • 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 ASIS&T website.
  • Nominees must be current members in good standing of ASIS&T.
  • Nominees must have been active members of ASIS&T in good standing for at least 10 years. Membership does not need to be continuous.

Nominations will be carried forward for the succeeding two years unless withdrawn by the nominator.


Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Substantial and sustained contributions to ASIS&T through service, leadership, and contribution to the intellectual content of the Association;
  • Substantial and sustained contributions to the broader field of information science through research, product development, teaching, and service.
  • Impact on one or more of research, products, teaching and service.
Nominations Process

Nominations must be submitted by 11:59 pm US Pacific Time on the deadline date via the designated online portal.

Nominations must include the following only:

  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominee;
  • Name, affiliation, and contact information of nominator;
  • A nomination statement (200-500 words, some or all of which may be included in the citation for the award);
  • A letter of nomination (up to 3 pages in length) describing the rationale for the nomination and the achievements for which the nominee is recommended;
  • Two supporting letters from ASIS&T members.

A jury of five members (including the Jury Chair) and one alternate shall be appointed by the Awards & Honors Committee at the recommendation of the Jury Chair. Jury members must:

  • Be a member in good standing of ASIS&T;
  • Not be a member of any other ASIS&T committee;
  • Not submit a nomination for the award in the year of their jury service; and
  • Declare any conflict of interest related to any nominee for the award and recuse themselves from the jury should the conflict be deemed significant by the Jury Chair (in which case the alternate would be appointed).
  • The jury should, when possible, include one current Fellow, one student, representation from outside North America, and gender diversity. Each year only two members should have served on the jury in a previous year.
Selection Process
  • The jury will utilize both asynchronous scoring and synchronous discussion to arrive at a final decision as to who wins any award.
  • Through the evaluation platform or system, jury members will rate each nominee on a scale of 10 (highest) to 1 (lowest) on each of the criteria listed above. Jury members should also submit a brief synopsis summarizing the most exemplary accomplishments of that nominee.
  • The jury chair shall tally the votes, with each of the five categories weighted equally.
  • In the event of a tie that cannot be resolved through synchronous discussion, the jury chair will identify an additional jury member to break the tie. This new jury member will evaluate only the tied nominations and will rate them using the same criteria used by the other jurors.
  • The jury chair shall use the qualitative feedback from the jury as well as their own judgment to write a ~ 250-word citation stating the rationale for making the award.
  • Up to five Fellows may be selected each year.
Nature of the Award

The ASIS&T Fellows Award was established by the Board of Directors in 2022 with the first awarding of an ASIS&T Fellows Award to take place in 2023. It is sponsored by the Association. ASIS&T Fellows Award consists of the right to use the FASIS&T honorific following their name along with a framed certificate and pin.

It is expected that ASIS&T Fellows maintain high ethical and professional standards. Not doing so will result in the forfeit of the designation.

Presentation of the Award

The award shall be presented at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Important Dates
  • Jury Appointment: March 15
  • Submission Deadline: March 31 (or adjacent weekday)
  • Selection Deadline: May 15