LRRT’s Shera Research Awards Recipients

Almost every year since 1975, the Library Research Round Table has given one or more awards to honor excellent research. The names of the awards have changed over the years and may be summarized as follows:

The winners of each award are listed below:

Jesse H. Shera Award for Support of Dissertation Research

In 2003, this award's title was changed from the Jesse H. Shera Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research to the current title of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Support of Dissertation Research.

Shera Award for Dissertation Research Winners

Year
Awardees
2014
NO AWARD
2013
Devon Greyson, for "Health-related Information Practices and the Experiences of Childbearing and Parenting Youth."
2012
Victor J. Sensenig, for “Public Libraries and Literacy in Ecological Perspective.”
2011
Amy VanScoy, for "Exploring the Meaning of Reference Work for Librarians in Academic Research Libraries."
2010
Hea Lim Rhee, University of Pittsburg School of Information Sciences, for "The Relationship between Archival Appraisal Practice and the User Study in U.S. State Archives and Records Management Programs: An Exploratory Study."
2009
NO AWARD
2008
Sharon McQueen, University of Wisconsin-Madison for "The story of Ferdinand: The Creation of a Cultural Icon."
2007
Melissa Just, University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, for “Measuring Medline Searching Skills Acquisition and Retention in Medical Students.”
2006
Rebecca Miller, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, for “The Diffusion of Professional Knowledge in Intercultural Exchanges: The American-Bulgarian Library Exchange Case Study"
2005
Donghee Sinn, Ph.D. student, School of Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, "Records and the Understanding of Violent Events: Archival Documentation, Historical Perception, and the No Gun Ri Massacre in the Korean War"
2004
NO AWARD
2003
NO AWARD
2002
NO AWARD
2001
NO AWARD
2000
Robert Carey, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, The University of Western Ontario, “Claiming the Inevitable Argument, User Fees and Professional Discourse in Librarianship”
1999
NO AWARD
1998
NO AWARD

Jesse H. Shera Award for Excellence in Published Research

Year
Awardees
2014
Paul Conway, for the article “Preserving Imperfection: Assessing The Incidence of Digital Imaging Error in HaithTrust” in Preservation, Digital Technology, & Culture, 42(1), 17-30
2013
Sung Jae Park, for the article, "Measuring Public Library Accessibility: A Case Study Using GIS,” published in Library & Information Research 34(2012): 13-21, December 2011
2012
Shana Pribesh, Karen Gavigan and Gail Dickinson for their article, "The Access Gap: Poverty and Characteristics of School Library Media Centers," published in The Library Quarterly 81(2): 143-160, April 2011.
2011
M. Christina Patuelli, for "Modeling Domain Ontology for Cultural Heritage," published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 62(2): 314-342, February 2011.
2010
Dr. Jane Greenberg, for "Theoretical Considerations of Lifecycle Modeling: An Analysis of the Dryad Repository Demonstrating Automatic Metadata Propagation, Inheritance, and Value System Adoption," published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 47 (3-4): 380-402.
2009
Lynn Westbrook, for  "Understanding Crisis Information Needs in Context: The Case on Intimate Partner Violence Survivor," Library Quarterly 78 (3): 237-261. 
2008
Eric M. Meyers, Karen E. Fisher, and Elizabeth Marcoux, for "Studying the Everyday Information Behavior of Tweens: Notes from the Field," Library and Information Science Research vol. 29, 2007, pp. 310-331.
2007
Gary Marchionini, Paul Solomon, Cheryl Davis, and Terrell Russell, for “Information and Library Science MPACT: A Preliminary Analysis," Library and Information Science Research, vol. 28, 2006, pp. 580-500
2006
Helen Georgas and John Cullars, for "A Citation Study of the Characteristics of the Linguistics Literature,” College and Research Libraries, Vol. 66, No. 6 (November 2005): 496-515
2005
Karen E. Fisher, Joan C. Durrance and Marian Bouch Hinton, "Information Grounds and the Use of Need-Based Services by Immigrants in Queens, NY: A Context-Based, Outcome Evaluation Approach," Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 55 (8) 2004
2004
Jeffrey D. Kushkowski, Kathy A. Parsons, and William H. Wiese “Master's and Doctoral Thesis Citations: Analysis and Trends of a Longitudinal Study,”  portal: Libraries and the Academy, 3 (3): 459-479, 2003
2003
George D’Elia, Corinne Jorgensen, Joseph Woelfel, and Eleanor Jo Rodger “The Impact of the Internet on Public Library Use: An Analysis of the Current Consumer Market for Library and Internet Services,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 53 (10): 802-820, 2002
2002
NO AWARD
2001
NO AWARD
2000
Karen M. Drabenstott, Schelle Simcox, and Eileen G. Fenton “End-User Understanding of Subject Heading in Library Catalogs”, Library Resources & Technical Services, 43(3): 141-160 July 1999
1999
Christine Pawley “What to Read and How to Read: The Social Infrastructure of Young People’s Reading, Osage, Iowa, 1870-1900”, Library Quarterly 68(3): 276-97 July 1998
Pamela Spence Richards “Soviet-American library Relations in the 1920s and 1930s: A Study in Mutual Fascination and Distrust”, Library Quarterly 68(4): 390-405 October 1998
1998
Allyson Carlyle “Fulfilling the Second Objective in the Online Catalog: Schemes for Organizing Author and Work Records into Usable Displays”, Library Resources & Technical Services 41(2): 79-100 April 1997

Jesse H. Shera Award for Research

Several years after the death of Jesse Shera in 1982, LRRT obtained permission from his family to use the Shera name. Also, funds were raised for an Endowment Fund to support the award.

Year
Awardees
1997
NO AWARD
1996
NO AWARD
1995
Catherine S. Ross “If They Read Nancy Drew, So What? – Readers Talk Back” [later published in Library and Information Science Research 17: 201-36 Summer 1995]
1994
Judith Serebnick and Frank Quinn "Measuring Diversity of Opinion in Public Library Collections"
1993
NO AWARD
1992
Charles A. (Tony) Schwartz “Research Significance: Behavioral Patterns and Outcomes Characteristics” [later published in Library Quarterly 62: 123-49 April 1992]
1992
Mary Niles Maack and Joanne Passet “Aspirations and Mentoring in an Academic Environment: Women Faculty in Library and Information Science”
 
1991
Patricia Dewdney and Roma M. Harris “Community Information Needs: The Case of Wife Assault” [later published in Library and Information Science Research 14: 5-29 January/March 1992]
 
1990
Charles R. McClure, Ann Bishop, and Philip Doty “Electronic Networks, the Research Process, and Scholarly Communication: An Empirical Study with Policy Recommendations for the National Research and Education Network”
 
1989
Carol C. Kuhlthau, Betty J. Turock, Mary W. George, Robert J. Belvin “Validating a Model of the Search Process: A Comparison of Academic, Public, and School Libraries” [later published in Library and Information Science Research 12: 5-31 January 1990]
 
1988
Danny P. Wallace and Bert R. Boyce “Holdings as a Measure of Journal Value” [later published in Library and Information Science Research 11: 59-71 January 1989]
 
1987
NO AWARD

LRRT Research Award

The award was established by the Library Research Round Table to encourage excellence in library research this award of $500 was presented annually to the person submitting the best-unpublished paper. Entries were judged on the following points: definition of the research problem, application of research method, clarity of the reporting of the reporting of the research, and significance of the conclusions.

Year
Awardees
1986
Charles McClure and Peter Hernon “Unobtrusive Testing of Library Reference Services: An Experimental Approach” [later published in Library Journal 111: 37-41 April 15, 1986]
1985
NO AWARD
1984
George D’Elia and Sandra Walsh “Patron Use and Evaluation of Library Service: A Comparison Across Five Public Libraries” [later published in Library and Information Science Research 7: 3-30 January 1985]
1983
NO AWARD
1982
George D’Elia and Sandra Walsh “User Satisfaction with Library Service—A Measure of Public Library Performance” [later published in Library Quarterly 53(2): 109-133 April 1983]
1981
NO AWARD
1980
George D’Elia “The Development and Testing of a Conceptual Model of Public Library User Behavior”
1979
Charles R. McClure “Perceived Values of Information Sources in Library Decision-Making”
1978
Wayne A. Wiegand “Scholarly Research in American Library History: Herbert Putnam’s Appointment as Librarian of Congress as a Test Case”
1977 (2 awards)
Herbert S. White and Karen N. Hasenjager “Some Measurements of the Impact of the Rapid Growth of Library Doctoral Programs”
Robert W. Burns, Jr. “Library Performance Measures as Seen in the Descriptive Statistics Generated by a Computer Managed Circulation System”
1976 (2 awards)
James C. Baughman “Toward a Structural Approach to Collection Development” [later published in College & Research Libraries 38: 341-8 May 1977]
Ruth Wender, Esther Fruehauf, Marilyn Vent, and Connie Wilson “The Determination of Clinician Continuing Education Needs from a Literature Search Study” [later published in Medical Library Association Bulletin 65: 330-4 July 1977]
1975 (2 awards)
Maurice P. Marchant “University Libraries as Economic Systems” [later published in College & Research Libraries 36: 449-57 November 1975] and “Patterns of Staff Involvement in University Library Management: A Field Study” (2 papers)
Robert L. Burr “Toward a General Theory of Circulation” [later published as Occasional Paper, no. 130, University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library Science 1977]