Conway's article on digital imaging error wins 2014 Shera prize

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/24/2014


Norman Rose

Program Officer



CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen Paul Conway as the winner of the 2014 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for the article “Preserving Imperfection: Assessing The Incidence of Digital Imaging Error in HathiTrust” in Preservation, Digital Technology, & Culture, 42(1), 17-30.

Conway’s article exemplifies well-defined research, with a clear problem statement as well as good application of the research methods. More importantly, however, the research is timely and will contribute significantly to the discussion and analysis of digitization of current materials, as well as identifying concerns for future research.

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.

For more information on the Library Research Round Table and the awards, please visit  

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