LRRT announces the winners of the 2022 Jesse H. Shera Awards

For Immediate Release
Fri, 05/13/2022


Dr. Africa Hands


Library Research Round Table (LRRT)

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen the 2022 recipients 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 2022 recipients of the Distinguished Published Research Award are Maria Cahill, Erin Ingram, and Soohyung Joo for their article, "Storying Programs as Mirrors, Windows, And Sliding Glass Doors? Addressing Children’s Needs Through Diverse Book Selection," published in The Library Quarterly, 91(3), 269-284.

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 2022 recipient is Amber Matthews of the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University, for her dissertation project, "Advancing Anti-Racism in Public Libraries for Black Youth in Canada." 

The recipients will be recognized at the LRRT Research Forum and Awards Presentation at ALA Annual in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 26th. Check the conference scheduler for details.

The 2022 Jesse H. Shera Award Committee was co-chaired by Kabel N. Stanwicks and Dr. Yin Zhang.

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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