The Library History Round Table is seeking nominees for the biennial Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. Granted in odd-numbered years, the award recognizes dissertations completed and accepted during the preceding two academic years. In other words, dissertations from 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 will be eligible for the 2013 award. Please submit nominations before January 14, 2013.
Named in honor of a library historian widely known as a supportive advisor and mentor as well as a rigorous scholar and thinker, the Dain dissertation award provides $500 and a certificate for original research on a significant topic relating to the history of books, libraries, librarianship or information science. Entries are judged on clear definition of the research questions and/or hypotheses; use of appropriate source materials; depth of research; superior quality of writing; ability to place the subject within its broader historical context; and significance of the conclusions.
Four paper copies of the dissertation and a letter of support from the doctoral advisor or from another faculty member at the degree-granting institution are required. E-mail and fax copies of dissertations are not acceptable. Mail copies to Office for Research and Statistics, American Library Association, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.
The award winner will be selected by the Phyllis Dain Dissertation Award Committee. If you have questions about the Dain award, contact the current Dain committee chair, Jim Carmichael ( [log in to unmask] )—Sterling Coleman, Central State University, and Tom Glynn, Rutgers University.