Research on Libraries and Librarianship in 2000

Grants That Support Research

All active grants are listed along with the amount of the grant, the URL for the grant (if available), and the 2000 winners. If the grant was not given in 2000, that fact is noted. General ALA grants are listed first followed by units of ALA in alphabetical order, followed by other agencies in alphabetical order.

American Library Association

ALA/Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant ($7,500)
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Winner: Cheryl Knott Malone, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Project: "Federal Support for Internet Access in Public Libraries: Three Case Studies." The case studies will be done at three public libraries in a state where both Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and E-rate discounts are being used to create, maintain, and encourage patron access to the Internet. Interviews, observation, and document analysis will be used in the case studies. The primary focus of the research will be to determine how library users have reacted to and benefited from the Internet access provided.

ALA/American Association of School Librarians

AASL/Highsmith Research Grant ($5,000)
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Winner: Sharon Lea Vansickle, Georgia State University
Project: "Tenth Graders' Search Knowledge and Use of the World Wide Web" will measure high school students' knowledge of the information that is available on the Web as well as their ability to search for that information.

ALA/Association of College and Research Libraries

ACRL/ISI Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship ($1,500)
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Not awarded in 2000.

Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for Research in Acquisitions or Technical Services in an Academic or Research Library ($1,000)
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Winner: Kyle Banerjee, Oregon State Library
Project: "Developing a Procedure for Processing Electronic Theses and Dissertations"

Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant (10,000 Dutch guilders)
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Winner: Jeffry Larson, Yale University Library
Project: "Documenting the Dissemination of the Gregorian Calendar Reform in France During the Wars of Religion"

ALA/Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Francis Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant ($500)
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Last year YALSA began announcing the winner at the ALA Midwinter Meeting (January) rather than at the Annual Conference (June). As a result, the 2000 winners--Kay Bishop and Patricia Bauer--were listed in this article last year in error.

American Society for Information Science and Technology

ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant ($3,000)
Winner: Michael Kurtz, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Project: "The Joint Analysis of Citations with Readership Information." Building on earlier work that compared readership data with their citation rates, this project will extend that research to develop new measures of scientific productivity and further examine electronic publications' impact on scholarly communication.

ISI Information Science Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship ($1,500 plus $500 toward travel or other expenses)
Winner: Anne R. Diekema, Syracuse University
Project: "Spurious Matches in Cross-Language Information Retrieval: Lexical Ambiguity, Vocabulary Mismatch, and Other Causes of Translation Error"

Association for Library & Information Science Education

Research Grant Award (one or more grants totaling $5,000)
Winner: Don Fallis and Martin Fricke, University of Arizona
Project: "Verifiable Health Information on the Internet"

Council on Library and Information Resources

A. R. Zipf Fellowship
Winner: Rich Gazan, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Rationale: His research interests include information retrieval, database design, and the information industry, with a particular focus on integrating content from disparate sources.

Medical Library Association

ISI/MLA Doctoral Fellowship ($2,000)
Winner: Christine Marton, University of Toronto
Project: How women seek health information on the Internet.

MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant
Winner: Jolene M. Miller, Medical College of Ohio
Project: Develop, administer, and analyze data from a questionnaire identifying issues surrounding the administration of a credit course in medical schools.

Special Libraries Association

Steven I. Goldspiel Memorial Research Grant (up to $20,000)
Winner: Peter Ballantyne, European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), The Netherlands
Project: "Working in Virtual Communities: Strategies for Information Specialists." The primary objective of the project is to clarify and explain the role of communities of practice in current organizational information and communication strategies, and more generally how they help organizations reach their goals; to identify and document actual experiences with these approaches to information and knowledge sharing, drawing lessons for managers and information specialists; and to explore the implications of these approaches for information specialists.

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