For immediate release | June 11, 2013

Greyson wins Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research

CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2013 winner of the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research is given to provide recognition and monetary support for dissertation research employing exemplary research design and methods. The 2013 recipient is Devon Greyson of the University of British Columbia for the dissertation, “Health-related Information Practices and the Experiences of Childbearing and Parenting Youth.”

This dissertation stood out for several reasons, including the strongly supported premise, clearly defined problems statement and well-constructed research methods. In a time of increasing use of the Internet and electronic resources for health information, understanding the use and application of these resources by individuals who are already at risk helps to both identify potential social issues and begin the process of constructing solutions. The dissertation will contribute to ongoing research in information use in health and social issues.

LRRT was founded in 1968 to contribute toward the extension and improvement of library research by providing public program opportunities for describing and evaluating library research projects and for disseminating their findings. LRRT is dedicated to informing and educating ALA members regarding research techniques and their usefulness in obtaining information. The information must help users reach administrative decisions and solve problems and expand the theoretical base of the field by serving as a forum for discussion and action on issues related to the literature and information needs for the field of library and information science.

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Jesse H Shera Awards Committee

Lisa Hussey, Simmons College (CHAIR)

Diane Velasquez, University of South Australia

Linda Most, Valdosta University

Jennifer Campbell Meier, University of Alabama


Norman Rose

Program Officer