Library Research Round Table announces the 2020 Jesse H. Shera Award recipients

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/28/2020


Danielle M. Ponton

Program Manager for Round Tables



CHICAGO — The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2020 winners of the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research and the Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research, which honors work that advances library 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 calendar year and nominated by any member of LRRT or by editors of research journals in the field of library and information studies.

The 2020 recipients of the Distinguished Published Research Award are Rachel Ivy Clarke and Sayward Schoonmaker for their article, "Metadata for Diversity: Identification and Implications of Political Access Points for Diverse Library Resources," published in the September 2019 Journal of Documentation 76(1): 173-196.

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 2020 recipient is Bonnie Tulloch of the School of Information, University of British Columbia, for her dissertation "Do the Ends Justify the Memes? Exploring the Relationship between Youth, Internet Memes, and Digital Citizenship." 

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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