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Lois Lunin Award

Purpose of the Award

This award recognizes individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of Information Science and Technology through leadership, mentoring, and innovation in the creation or application of new ideas, techniques, processes or technologies. Eligible individuals will be in early or mid-career, and should have a record of experience and accomplishments, and also demonstrate that they are likely to make future meaningful contributions in leadership and mentoring. Recognizing Lois Lunin’s interest in the arts and in the medical/biomedical fields, nominations from these areas are particularly encouraged.


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 should be in the first ten years of their current career.
  • Nomination of individuals with interest in the arts and the medical/biomedical fields are strongly encouraged.
  • Prior winners and current members of the Awards & Honors Committee or Board of Directors are not eligible.

Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Contributions to the practice of information science and technology.
  • Record of experience and accomplishment as a leader, mentor and/or innovator as demonstrated in their CV and letter of nomination.
  • Commitment to making meaningful contributions in leadership, mentoring and innovation.
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 (self nominations are acceptable);
  • A nomination statement (200-500 words, some or all of which may be included in the citation for the award);
  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
  • 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 and examples of the nominee’s commitment to leadership, mentoring and innovation in their field;
  • A personal statement from the nominee (if someone other than the nominator) detailing their commitment to leadership, mentoring and innovation in their field.

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).
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.
Nature of the Award

The Lois Lunin Award was established in 2021. The Award is sponsored by the Association-at-Large, is funded through a bequest from Lois Lunin, and is administered by the Awards and Honors Committee. The award shall consist of registration and travel support to attend the ASIS&T Annual Meeting up to $1,500, an opportunity to present a poster at the Annual Meeting, and one year of ASIS&T membership for nominees that are not currently members of ASIS&T.

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