The Library Research Round Table announces 2010 Shera Award Recipients

Contact: Norman Rose

ALA Office for Research & Statistics



For Immediate Release

April 26, 2010

CHICAGO - The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2010 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research.

The Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research is given to the author(s) of a research article published in English during the previous calendar year and nominated by any member of LRRT or by editors of research journals in the field of library and information studies.

The 2010 recipient is Dr. Jane Greenberg for her work entitled, “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, April 2009. The article shows that lifestyle modeling can provide a theoretical framework to enhance the understanding of metadata and help to sustain robust repository development. The judges agreed that it details a creative and well-designed research project with useful theoretical and practical applications.

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 2010 recipient is Hea Lim Rhee University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences for her dissertation entitled, “The Relationship between Archival Appraisal Practice and the User Study in U.S. State Archives and Records Management Programs: An Exploratory Study.” Her advisor is Dr. Richard Cox.

“This is the first major study to examine the relationship between archival appraisal practice and user studies,” said Dr. Denise Agosto, chair of the LRRT Shera Awards Committee. The judges concluded that the dissertation proposal outlines a promising research study, the results of which will have important implications for both archival research and archival practice.

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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