Nisonger receives K.G. Saur Award

Contact: Mary Ellen Davis


ALA News Release

For Immediate Release

February 2001

Nisonger receives K.G. Saur Award

Thomas E. Nisonger, associate professor of library and information science at Indiana University, will receive the 2001 K. G. Saur Award for the most outstanding article in
College & Research Libraries. Nisonger's winning article, "Use of Journal of Citation Reports for Serials Management in Research Libraries: An Investigation of the Effect of Self-Citation on Journal Rankings in Library and Information Science and Genetics" appeared in the May 2000 issue of
C & RL.

The selection committee noted that Nisonger's article "adds to the literature on citation analysis and fully explores the trend of self-citation and its impact. Work like Nisonger's promotes the use of tools like the 'Journal of Citation Reports' and helps refine the interpretative results. The research is carefully done, and the article is well written."

Nisonger received his master's in library science from the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate in comparative politics from Columbia University, New York. An active member of the American Library Association (ALA) and Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), he has served on the ACRL Publications Committee (1996-1998) and is the chair-elect of the Library Research Round Table. He has received the TERA Award for Teaching Excellence at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science (2000) and was co-winner of the Lincoln Prize in Political Science at the College of Wooster in 1966. He is the author of two books, "Collection Evaluation in Academic Libraries," and "Management of Serials in Libraries," (published by Libraries Unlimited in 1992 and 1998, respectively).

The award, $500 and a plaque, is donated by K. G. Saur publishing company, and will be presented at the ACRL President's Program on Monday, June 18, during the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The ACRL, the largest division of the ALA, is a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals. It is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching and research.