2017 LPC Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing
As participation in library publishing grows, the development of a strong evidence base to inform best practices and demonstrate impact is essential. To encourage research and theoretical work about library publishing services (for a definition of “library publishing”, see the LPC website), the Library Publishing Coalition announces the Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing, which recognizes the best publication from the preceding calendar year. The LPC Research Committee will evaluate submissions and select a recipient for the award, which will be announced at the annual Library Publishing Forum. The 2016 Award went to Ann Okerson and Alex Holzman for “The Once and Future Publishing Library.” (2015. Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, pub 166)
The award recipient will receive a cash award of $250 and a certificate, as well as an opportunity to present their work at the 2017 Library Publishing Forum. (One complimentary registration for the 2017 Forum and a travel stipend of $500 will also be provided).
The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017.
- Nominations may be made either by the author(s) or by any employee of a LPC member institution. Nominated author(s) do not need to be affiliated with a LPC member institution.
- Note: If a Research Committee member is nominated, they will recuse themselves from Committee discussions/voting on this award.
- Any textual publication type—article, monograph, conference paper/proceeding, white paper/report, thesis/dissertation—is eligible (subject to #4 below).
- Submissions must present original research or theoretical work, and be published open access in English during the preceding calendar year (2016).
- Submissions must have undergone appropriate peer review (e.g. for articles, a journal peer review process; for dissertations, review/acceptance by a committee). Nominations must briefly describe the review process used for the submission.
- Submissions must address a topic or question directly related to library publishing services. For the purposes of the award, “research” will be considered to include both generalizable research and non-generalizable program/project evaluation. “Theory” will be considered to include both the presentation of a novel theory and the application of existing theory (e.g. a program/process/practice description that is presented within a theoretical framework).
- Submissions with multiple authors are eligible; however, only one cash prize and one Forum registration/travel stipend will be awarded.
- Nominations should be submitted through the LPC website: http://librarypublishing.org/research/research-award17
- Nomination letters must include:
- Nominator name and contact information.
- Author (or lead author’s) name and contact information.
- Full citation information for the nominated work, including the URL where the open access version of the work is available.
- A brief (1–2 sentences) description of the peer review process used for the submission.
- A brief (no more than one paragraph) nomination statement that addresses the evaluation guidelines below.
- For multiple authors: If awarded, specify how the award benefits are to be divided.
The award recipient will receive:
- A cash prize of $250.
- One complimentary registration for the 2017 Forum.
- $500 travel stipend.
- Note: For submissions with multiple authors, the authors may elect to split these benefits among themselves (e.g. one author takes the registration, another takes the travel stipend, and another takes the cash prize; all authors split the travel stipend and/or cash prize among themselves, etc.)
- A 45-minute presentation session at the 2017 Forum to share the work described in the winning publication.
Nominated publications will be evaluated, and an award recipient selected, by the LPC Research Committee based on the following criteria:
- For theoretical works, the relevance and/or meaningful application to library publishing services of the conceptual framework(s) introduced;
- For research (or evaluation) works, the appropriateness of the methodology and its execution;
- The organization of the paper and clarity of the writing;
- The significance of the findings/conclusion, for example (but not limited to):
- The immediate utility of the work for library publishing programs
- The strength of findings that demonstrate value or impact of library publishing services
- The likelihood that the work will change or influence practice