For immediate release | April 5, 2016

Park 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 2016 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 2016 recipient is Min Sook Park of Florida State University for the dissertation “Exploring Social Semantic Relationships in Knowledge Representation in Health Through Mining Unstructured Textual Data on Social Media.”

The award committee, in its statement about the decision, said, “The proposed research is exceptional in terms of methodology and importance to current ‘burning questions’ in big data/modeling in healthcare. Park’s planned approach is innovative and painstaking, and includes the use of text mining, clustering techniques, and content analysis.”

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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Kelsey Henke

Program Officer

American Library Association

Office of Research and Statistics