Recipients of the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Grant Award
Steven D. Zink
|1990||William E. Sudduth, III|
Laura Carter and Dan O'Mahony
|1996||Susan M. Ryan
George D. Barnum
|2002||Cathy Hartman & Valerie Glenn; and John S. Walters|
|2003||Gregory W. Lawrence|
|2004||Dr. Kristin R. Eschenfelder|
|2006||Julie A. Linden|
|2012||Helen Sheehy and Kristene Unsworth|
1987 was the first year of the Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award, an award that presents grants to documents librarians for travel and/or study in the field of documents librarianship or in an area of study that would directly benefit their performance as a documents librarian. The award is supported by a $2,000 contribution by the Readex Corporation. Three grants were awarded [in 1987].1987 - Barbara Bell, Karen Fachan and Diane Garner
Barbara Bell, Documents/Reference Librarian, and Acting Director of the Andrews Library at the College of Wooster, was awarded a grant of $700 to be used towards expenses for a research trip to the British Library and presentation of a paper at the IFLA conference in Brighton, England. Both the IFLA paper and the research relate to her previous work on An Annotated Guide to Current National Bibliographies. The paper will be an update to the recently published bibliography; the research at the British Library will determine if there has been any evidence in current national bibliographies to indicate conformity to the guidelines of the International Conference on National Bibliographies, Paris, 1977. Ms. Bell has worked as Documents/Reference Librarian at the College of Wooster since 1980. Previous library experience included duties as Library Assistant at Clare College, Cambridge University and Reference Librarian at Yale University.
Karen Fachan, Documents Librarian at Colorado State University, was awarded $600 toward her expenses to attend a National State Data Center meeting next October. The grant allows her to continue her study on the effectiveness of the State Data Center program begun during a sabbatical leave just concluded. Her purpose in attending the fall meeting is to address the role of the SDC's in disseminating the results of the 1990 Census of Population. Ms. Fachan anticipates that her work will complement studies undertaken by GODORT with whom she also plans to consult. Ms. Fachan has worked in the CSU Documents Department since 1979.
Diane Garner, International Documents Librarian at Pennsylvania State University's Pattee Library, was awarded a grant of $700 toward expenses of a visit to the OECD Publications and Information Center in Washington, D. C. to study the flow of information at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The study includes interviews with staff and an examination of documents and publications related to OECD information policies and practices. Ms. Garner has worked as a documents librarian for five years.
Published in DttP, v.15, no.2 (June 1987)1988 - Sheila Nollen
Sheila Nollen, Coordinator of the Government Publications and Legal Reference Unit at the Western Illinois University Library, was awarded a grant of $750 to be used for attendance at a Basic Management Skills Institute of the Office of Management Studies, Association of Research Libraries. As the new supervisor of a large collection Ms. Nollen expects to develop useful skills for use in her job and will share knowledge gained with her colleagues and coworkers. Ms. Nollen has worked as a documents librarian at Western Illinois since 1984.
Steven Zink, Head of Reference Services at the University of Nevada-Reno Libraries, was awarded a grant of $1,250 in support of a project to locate, identify, describe, and analyze histories produced or sponsored by agencies of the U.S. Federal government in connection with the nation's bicentennial celebration in the 1970s. The study will result in a paper analyzing the use of governmentally-produced history and an eventual book-length bibliography of the historical publications produced in this period. Mr. Zink has worked as a documents librarian for nine years.
Published in DttP, v.16, no.2 (June 1988)1989 - Henry Terrill and Helen M. Sheehy
Henry Terrill, Systems Librarian at Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas was awarded a grant of $750 to attend the Spring 1989 GPO Depository Library Council meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Attending the Council meeting provided him an opportunity to meet colleagues with mutual concerns and to gain a national perspective on the operation of the Library Programs Service. Mr. Terrill has served as chairman of the Arkansas State Documents Advisory Council and as Arkansas Library Association GODORT Vice-chair. He has served as government documents librarian since 1979.
Helen M. Sheehy, Supervisor of the Documents/Maps Section at the Pennsylvania State University Library, was awarded a grant of $1,250 in support of a project to survey 250 depositories to examine the cost effectiveness of selection by SuDoc classification stem rather than by item number. The survey studies costs to GPO of allowing depository librarians more discretion in selection of materials. The results will be presented in a paper published in a scholarly journal, and to the Depository Library Council to provide GPO with useful planning information. Ms. Sheehy has worked at Pennsylvania State University library for eight years.
Published in DttP, v.17, no.2 (June 1989)1990 - William E. Sudduth
William E. Sudduth III is the 1990 recipient of the Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award. Mr. Sudduth is conducting a two year in-depth longitudinal study of GPO depository operations in nonpublic educational institutions. His survey is the first to focus entirely on GPO depositories in private colleges and universities and the only survey outside that of the Government Printing Office which studies depository operations over time.
Mr. Sudduth will use the $2000 to defray costs of paper purchases, photoduplication, postage, and computer operations involved in the survey. He will publish the results of his survey in an appropriate library periodical.
Published in DttP, v. 18, no. 2 (June 1990)1991 - Suzanne Clark, John Shuler, Laura Carter and Dan O'Mahoney
The 1991 award has been divided between three useful research and publication projects. The following are the 1991 recipients of the Readex Award.
Suzanne Clark, Head, Documents Department, Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, $1,200. Ms. Clark plans to use the award to assist with travel expenses to be incurred when completing a sabbatical project. She plans to compile a bibliography of references to Vermont and Vermonters in United States government documents from the period of the Continental Congress through World War II. The proposed guide to entries on Vermont and Vermonters in printed government documents would open a new body of primary and secondary source materials for scholars. The book will index collections owned by major depository libraries. The grant will enable her to travel to other libraries to search collections not available at the University of Vermont. The work will result in a published bibliography.John Shuler, Department Head, Documents, Maps and Microforms, Case Library, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, $400. Mr. Shuler will use his grant to help support the travel and research expenses involved in completing a book-length manuscript. The proposed work will analyze the United States Government Printing Office's role in the development of national information policies since 1965. Its working title is The Government Printing Office 1965-1990: Challenge and Change in the Age of Information. Mr. Shuler plans to travel to interview living Public Printers in person.
Laura Carter, International Documents Librarian and Daniel O'Mahony, Assistant Government Publications Librarian, Government Publications Library, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, $400. Ms. Carter and Mr. O'Mahony plan to work together to use the grant in support of a study of the information use patterns of faculty and students in selected academic disciplines, focusing on the utilization of international/intergovernmental information. The study will include a survey of faculty and students at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The results will be submitted to an appropriate journal for publication.
Published in DttP, v.19, no. 2 (June 1991).1992 - John Walters and Mary Mallory
Two awards were granted in 1992. John Walters, Documents/Reference Librarian at the University of Central Florida Library, was awarded $1,100 for travel and photocopy expenses to review material in the National Archives and Records Administration that will assist him in his research for a monograph on the battles between the legislative and executive branches over government publishing during the first quarter of the twentieth century. This research is wholly original and focuses on a heretofore neglected period in the history of government information. Mr. Walters has already completed two sections of the proposed book that have been published in Government Publications Review.
Mary Mallory intends to use her $900 award to assist with travel and photocopy expenses in conjunction with a project to identify how people learn to access Federal government data in both print and electronic formats. She plans to review workbooks, attend training sessions and interview individuals who have developed training information for electronic government information. The results of this project will be a workbook that will assist in training users of electronic government information. Ms. Mallory, a documents librarian at the University of Illinois, Urbana, also plans to prepare a journal article which will contain a review of the literature on teaching users to access government information, the coverage and contents of the workbook, and an analysis of this tool as an independent learning device.
Published in DttP, v.20, no. 2 (June 1992)1993 - Kate Lee
Kate Lee, Foreign Documents Librarian at the University of Florida, was awarded $600 to survey major research libraries to determine if they collect foreign documents, if they have a formal collection development policy, and if they are currently involved in a cooperative state or regional acquisitions plan. The funds will be used for conducting her research and for providing additional copies of the collection development policies for distribution to interested librarians and survey participants. The published results of her research will provide needed direction to libraries considering collecting foreign documents and may encourage cooperative efforts as well.
Published in DttP, v. 21, no. 2 (June 1993)1994 - Irene Herold
The recipient of the 1994 Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award is Irene Herold. Irene Herold is the Public Services Librarian at Monmouth College in Illinois. She will use her grant to attend the Federal Depository Conference and the Interagency Seminar. Irene Herold's director clearly states in her letter of support that "our small library (five staff members) cannot afford to send Irene to the federal depository meetings." Her director goes on to describe Irene's "zeal" for making government information available to the college and area communities and cites specific accomplishments most notable of which was a complete revision of the item selection list.
Irene has regularly attended state depository and ILA GODORT meetings. At Irene's instigation the depository libraries in her Congressional district have begun meeting regularly. A letter of support from a depository librarian in her Congressional district states that "it will benefit all of us if she can go."
Published in DttP, v. 22, no.2 (June 1994)1995 - Not awarded
The 1996 recipients of the Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award are Susan M. Ryan and George D. Barnum.
Susan M. Ryan, Government Documents Department Head at Stetson University, was awarded $1,500 to cover research expenses at the National Archives and Records Administration for a book on "The Treatment and Portrayal of Women in U. S. Government Publications". At present, there is very little written that analyzes the treatment of women in official government publications. This book would fill that void by identifying government publications sources that portray women (in both positive and negative manners) throughout the history of the United States and to analyze the information within its historical context.
George D. Barnum, Government Documents Department Head at Case Western Reserve University, was awarded $500 to assist in his final research for the paper "Finding Common Ground: Creating the Library of the Future Without Diminishing the Library of the Past." This paper was presented at the March 30-31, 1996 conference sponsored by the Harvard College Libraries. The paper examined the place of government information in academic libraries and suggested models by which value can be ascertained and assigned beyond the customary models of cost/benefit analysis. In addition, George plans to do further presentations on the valuing of government information collections.
Published in DttP, v.24, no.1 (March 1996)1997 - Melissa Lamont
The 1997 recipient of the Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award is Melissa Lamont. Melissa Lamont, Maps Librarian, Pennsylvania State University, was awarded $1,400 to do an analysis of World Wide Web access to state and local government information. The proposed project would assess the climate for the distribution of state and local information on the Web with Pennsylvania as a case study. Melissa's research will include an analysis of the costs, equitability of access, and the general inclination of governments to utilize the Internet. Recommendations for libraries concerning partnerships and resource sharing as well as an analysis of the primary trends for Web-accessible government information will result from the study. The information obtained from this project will be quite useful as more and more state and local governments begin to see the advantages of disseminating their information through the World Wide Web.
This initial project will form the basis for a larger research project. The larger project will involve the libraries partnering with a Pennsylvania state agency identified through this initial project. These libraries will construct a Web site designed for interactive display of that agency's data and will include a user survey designed to gather very specific information. Depending upon the outcome, the pilot site could encourage other agencies and states to disseminate data through the Web or encourage partnerships with libraries.
Published in DttP, v.25, no.2 (June 1997)1998 - Not awarded
1999 - Not awarded
The 2000 recipient of the Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award is Andrea Morrison, Technical Services Librarian, Government Publications Department, Indiana University, Bloomington. The Reynolds Award provides funding for research in the field of documents librarianship, or in a related area that would benefit the individual's performance as a documents librarian or make a contribution to the field.
Andrea received the award for her project to provide a reference book for beginning users of foreign and international documents. The Oryx Press is strongly committed to the concept for the book, intended to be a practical, subject-oriented guide for users in academic, public, and school libraries who are novice researchers or are not well informed about international documents. The award will be used to support travel to view documents not available through inter-library loan and to allow Andrea to confer with her co-editor more frequently and expeditiously. It is also envisioned that part of the award will be used for computer support. To share knowledge gained during the project, Andrea plans to provide an instructional program, either at the State or National level.
Andrea gained invaluable experience as a contributor to CIS/GODORT's Guide to Official Publications of Foreign Countries edited by colleague Gloria Westfall (recently retired from Indiana) and published in 1997. The proposed project, which has garnered the Reynolds Award, will allow Andrea Morrison to build on this experience to bring foreign and international documents to an audience of non-specialists, with an outreach philosophy that is commendable.
The 2001 award is given to Debora Cheney in support of her work to create a new, comprehensive style manual entitled, Citing Government Information Resources. This will represent the 3rd edition of The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Writers & Librarians. The revised edition of The Complete Guide was published by Congressional Information Service in 1993, and is now out-of-print. The 3rd edition will include a wide range of formats; it's scheduled for publication in July, 2002.
The nomination letters cited the impact of the previous editions of The Complete Guide and its renewed relevance in the electronic environment to information professionals and the government documents community, as well as to scholars, researchers and students. One nominator stressed the importance of this tool, and predicted that its revision would "contribute significantly" to the development of essential citation standards for web-based government publications, information and databases, including commercially-published resources. As before, this revamped and detailed version will appear under the aegis of the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table.
Ms. Cheney is currently Head of the Social Sciences Library at the Paterno Library, Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, Pennsylvania. She also serves as its U.S. Documents Librarian and political science selector. From 1991 through 1997, she was the Head of the Documents/Maps Section at Penn State's Pattee Library. Ms. Cheney regularly contributes thoughtful and thought-provoking articles to the professional literature on government information and librarianship; she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Government Information; and she recently held the position of Associate Editor of the journal for a three-year period. She is a committed teacher and instructor, and has successfully promoted the use of government information in her own institution and beyond. She has been active in GODORT for a decade, and was commended by a nominator as a "leader in the development of electronic access to government information."
James Rettig, in a review of the 1993 edition of The Complete Guide, done by Diane Garner and Diane H. Smith, with contributions by Debora Cheney and Helen Sheehy, called it a "model of clarity," and claimed that reference librarians should alert patrons to its existence along with the Chicago Manual of Style and another guide entitled, Electronic Style [Wilson Library Bulletin 68 (February 1994): 77-78]. Ms. Cheney is the ideal professional, writer and researcher, to prepare Citing Government Information Resources, and to receive this award in support of her efforts. It will be a superior product, and as heavily used as its predecessors.
The Depository Library Community, Members of Congress, the American public and all users of government information are fortunate to have in their midst professional librarians who continuously have important, innovative ideas and act upon them. The need for permanent, free access to Congressional Research Service/CRS Reports has been a cause for concern for decades among government information specialists and others who support open access to U.S. Government documents and information. Cathy Hartman and Valerie Glenn have been selected to receive one of the 2002 Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Research Grant Awards. Their award-winning study revolves around capturing electronic copies of CRS Reports and making these permanently available without fee to the public. As part of this investigation they will build a database storage structure to facilitate search and retrieval of the reports. The award will be used to cover the costs of additional staff and also training in support of this applied research project. Cathy and Valerie anticipate this work will serve as a model for similar projects, and contribute to the growing body of technical information regarding the organization, and mechanisms for accessing and archiving substantial digital collections.
The success of this project is a foregone conclusion. The CRS Reports collection will become part of the Cybercemetary. The Cybercemetary is the Government Documents Department, University of North Texas Libraries', content partnership with the U.S. Government Printing Office. Cathy Hartman is currently Head of the UNT Libraries' Government Documents Department, and Valerie Glenn is the Documents Librarian at UNT, and also its Electronic Resources Coordinator and Texas Documents Librarian.
Cathy Hartman led the way in the formation of the Cybercemetary site, and continues to have primary responsibility for this unique resource. In addition, she is responsible for the establishment of related digital partnerships at both Federal and State levels, including that with the Texas Secretary of State's Office to electronically house the back issues of the Texas Register. Cathy has been a member of the Depository Library Council since 2000, and will become chair in fall, 2002. She has contributed greatly to ALA GODORT. At present she is chair of its Ad Hoc Committee on the Digitization of Government Publications, and a member of the roundtable's Nominating Committee. Cathy has previously served as GODORT's Awards Committee chair, and was recently a member of the American Library Association's Government Information Subcommittee of the Committee on Legislation. She has also been extremely active within the Texas Library Association, including TLA's GODORT organization. Cathy is generous in sharing her knowledge and expertise with other professionals; she has compiled an extensive list of publications and presentations, and given numerous guest lectures at UNT's School of Library and Information Sciences, during the past dozen years. Cathy Hartman is an alumnus of UNT's SLIS. Valerie Glenn is a May 2000 MSLS graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Information and Library Science program. She is currently a member of ALA GODORT's Legislation Committee. She is also responsible for the committee's web site. Valerie has also contributed to the Ad Hoc Committee on Digitization of Government Information, and is an active member of one its Working Groups. GODORT members and fans can rest assured that this research project and its results will receive "perpetual care" from these award recipients, and we look forward to having permanent and free access to the CRS Reports digital collection. Congratulations to Cathy and Valerie! They are most deserving of this award.
The second 2002 research grant recipient is John S. Walters who has been awarded $500 to defray the cost of travel to the National Archives and Records Administration and other libraries in the Washington DC area. John will be continuing his research in the field of U.S. government publications in order to expand the various articles that he has written and published serially over the last 10 years into a book-length manuscript.
John is currently the Regional Depository Librarian at Utah State University (USU). He has written ten articles on the topic of U.S. government publishing, covering such issues as the Joint Committee on Printing from 1919-1921, the Federal Depository Library Program, fugitive publications, the Monthly Labor Review, and the politics of U.S. government printing and publishing from 1960-1970. These articles have all been published in Government Publications Review or the Journal of Government Information. John has been the recipient of four Bernard M. Fry/Journal of Government Information awards for the year's best article (1993, 1994, 1996, and 1998). John's work has also been nominated twice (1991 and 1993) for the James Madison Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government for the best article on government history. Prior to his current position at Utah State University, John held documents positions at University of Central Florida and University of Richmond.2003 - Gregory W. Lawrence
This year's recipient of the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award is Gregory W. Lawrence, the Government Information Librarian at Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library. Greg's primary specialty is government information related to agriculture. He is the coordinator of the United States Economics and Statistics System (USDA-ESS) web site housed at Cornell. This database provides searching capabilities to 300 reports and datasets from the economics agencies of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Researchers, politicians and farmers throughout the U. S. and abroad heavily use this site. Greg is in the process of creating and conducting a customer satisfaction survey based on the SERVQUAL instrument for this web site. This survey was created as a part of Greg's graduate studies for the Doctoral degree in Information Science at the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY) and will be sent to 1500 date users associated with the USDA-ESS.
Greg will use the Reynolds Award stipend for travel to two national USDA data users meetings where he will conduct customer satisfaction focus group sessions. The qualitative information gathered through the focus groups will guide his interpretation of the quantitative survey data. This is important research in our field where little is known about customer satisfaction and use of databases. It is our pleasure to provide Greg with the means to complete this project and we look forward to its final results. Greg is another example of a documents librarian with intellectual curiosity and the ability to study and improve his profession with solid research. This is the kind work that gives us hope for the future of government information access and the development of new talent to carry it out.2004 - Kristin R. Eschenfelder
Dr. Kristin R. Eschenfelder, Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2004 recipient of the NewsBank/Readex/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award. Kristin teaches and conducts research in the areas of information technology, information policy, and libraries. Among her teaching responsibilities is a government documents course. Her research focuses on the information published on official government web sites and how agencies manage the creation, approval, management, and retention of this information. This research has resulted in several publications and presentations at scholarly conferences and professional organizations. A colleague notes that, "Her work in this area is groundbreaking and has been well-received by the practicing government documents community in Wisconsin and within the academic research community."
Kristin will use the Reynolds Award funds to hire primarily library school students to gather data and provide computer support for an extensive content analysis of 30 to 40 state bureau or program level agency web sites. This will enable her to complete her research project on the organizational factors affecting the characteristics of government information published by state agencies on their web sites. Kristin will examine variables such as the quantity, quality, origins (e.g. drawn from paper publications), and frequency of change of web content. With this award, Kristin will further her efforts as an academic researcher in the important and emerging field of electronic government information---an area of interest and import to all government information professionals.2005 - Not awarded
The 2006 recipient of the Award is Julie A. Linden, Government Information Librarian, Yale University. Julie is interested in developing a broad and deep understanding of the content domain of U.S. federal documents and of the management of tangible legacy collections and digital collections.
With the grant funding Julie plans to analyze and document options for long-term preservation and usability of the online-only Foreign Relations of the United States series. She will compare the costs of long-term preservation options including manual or automated harvesting of the digital files and printing and binding files into paper volumes. Her comparison will encompass both materials and staff costs. She also plans to examine the online series from a usability perspective to consider whether online or print format is more usable for certain purposes and whether the online format could be made more useful.
Receipt of this $2000 grant will help Julie develop a thorough understanding of the options for the preservation of online titles including cost and usability issues. Heavy use of Foreign Relations of the United States at her university prompted her to select it for this grant.
Julie expects funding from this project to be useful in analyzing local preservation options for other online-only titles. She plans to submit an article reporting the results of her research to DttP: Documents to the People.
Chi-Shiou Lin, a Ph.D. student from the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the 2007 recipient of the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award. Mr. Lin plans to use the award to support his dissertation research on “The Conceptualization of Government Publications on the World Wide Web.” His study compares the way librarians and government agencies conceptualize born-digital government information and how this affects the discovery and identification of online publications. What qualifies as a “government publication” impacts preservation practices and, ultimately, permanent public access to the information. Mr. Lin is using genre theory and phenomenology as a framework for his research.
The award will help to cover the costs of conducting and transcribing interviews and will improve the richness of the data included in Mr. Lin’s study. He plans to publish his findings in journal articles and presentations.
The 2008 recipient of the Catherine J. Reynolds Research Grant is Judith Downie, Humanities and Government Information Librarian at California State University-San Marcos. Judith’s research interests include the use of government documents in instruction by information literacy librarians and faculty, professional education and competencies in government documents librarianship, and the use of technologies in instruction.
The Reynolds Award will provide the funds to hire an adjunct instructor to assist Judith with some of her teaching responsibilities, which will allow her to devote more time to her research on librarians’ use or avoidance of government information. Judith is currently surveying non-documents specialists on their education and experience with documents and their reasons for not using them. So far, she has collected data through an online survey of California instruction librarians and their awareness and use of government documents. She plans to expand this survey to the national level.
Judith hopes the findings from her state and national surveys will help strengthen collaborations among librarians, their peers, and their patrons. She believes these collaborations, especially those involving documents specialists, will help improve the overall use of government documents.
Judith plans to report her research in various publications that address different librarian interests, as well as through local and national presentations. She hopes her research will bolster outreach efforts among both government documents specialists and non-specialists, and also encourage library school administrators to offer more documents-focused courses.
2009 - Aimee Quinn
The 2009 recipient of the Catharine J. Reynolds Research Grant is Aimée Quinn, a Librarian at the Parish Memorial Library at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Aimee has worked in libraries and government information for over 20 years and is an assistant editor of Government Information Quarterly. She is also a former chair of GODORT and has served on numerous GODORT committees.
Aimée's research focus is on the Serial Set as an illustration of U.S. information policy over time, and her goal is to develop a more structured analysis of the publication history of the Serial Set. This idea was a project sponsored by the Rare and Endangered Government Publications Committee. The Reynolds Award will provide the funds to travel to and do research at the Senate Library and the University of Idaho Library. These two libraries have fairly complete holdings, but different versions, of this publication. The research will be used in the creation of a book about the Serial Set and its presence in research and scholarship.
This grant will give Aimée an opportunity to focus on writing and working with contributors to the book. Her contribution to the book will be in the introduction, which will be about the origins of the Serial Set and why it is of such importance to scholarship and librarianship. Aimée has graciously offered the proceeds from the book to go to GODORT. Promotion and discussions of the book will take place through presentations at the Federal Depository Library Conference and possibly other conferences. Several of the contributors plan to discuss their work at their own professional conferences, fostering the book's impact across multiple disciplines.
2010 - Not awarded
2011 - Not awarded
2012 - Helen Sheehy and Kristene Unsworth
Helen Sheehy is the Head of the Social Sciences Library at the Paterno Library, Pennsylvania State University. She has been a government information librarian and active member of GODORT and IFLA for over 20 years. She has presented nationally and internationally and published extensively, particularly in the area of international government information.
Helen’s current research will involve a citation analysis of ten core journals from 1995-2010 in medicine and health sciences to understand the impact of internet access on usage patterns for government information in scholarly scientific publications. The Reynolds award stipend will be used to fund the coding and analysis of citation data. Helen’s study is part of a broader Pennsylvania State University Library study of changing patterns of government information use by scholars in different disciplines. This research is timely given the increased availability of online government information, and will offer a more nuanced view of scholarly communication and the role of government information. It also has potentially significant implications for government information collection and reference practice in academic libraries. Helen will share the results of her study through a journal article and GODORT Occasional Paper.
Kristene Unsworth is an Assistant Professor in the iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University. She has published and presented extensively in the areas of information policy, ethics and e-government.
The purpose of Kris’s research will be to identify the range and frequency of government information related questions being asked through the Internet Public Library’s (IPL2) online reference service. Given the increased reliance on online resources to access government information and the importance of this type of information throughout society and across disciplines, she aims to provide an understanding of how to better incorporate government information education in online reference.
The Reynolds award stipend will be used to fund the transcription recordings of focus groups conducted during the study. The results will then be used to highlight this aspect of library science education, to improve IPL2 training materials and to inform the design of government information courses in Library and Information Science programs.
2013 - Not awarded