21:suppl (2006:summer) Committee Annual Reports: A&R

July 2, 2006 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Awards & Recognition, Committee Annual Reports | Leave a comment

AWARDS & RECOGNITION COMMITTEE
Jeff Slagell, Jessica Gibson and Sarah Sutton, Co-Chairs 

Committee Members:  Evelyn Brass (University of Houston), Susan Chinoransky (George Washington University), Susan Davis (State University of New York, Buffalo), Fang H. Gao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Tony Harvell (University of California, San Diego), Joe Hinger (St. John’s University), Marcella Lesher (St. Mary’s University), Smita Parkhe (Arizona State University), Priscilla Shontz (LISCareer.com), Katy Ginanni (Board Liaison). 

PART I: CONTINUING COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS 
ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION/DISTRIBUTION OF AWARD APPLICATIONS
The 2006 awards cycle was the third year of electronic submission and distribution of award materials.  All applications and supporting documents were required to be submitted in an electronic format, with the exception of transcript or proof of enrollment in the case of the Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship.  All awards materials were blinded by the co-chairs before being posted to the committee web page in MS Word.  An identity matrix was again used to match applicants to scores and an Excel spreadsheet was distributed to committee members so that they could record their scores for all awards.  Results were later combined into one workbook and final scores were tabulated. 

Smita Parkhe served as the committee’s Electronic Communications Committee liaison, and posted all of the application materials for review on the committee’s password protected Web site. 

NASIG CHAMPION AWARD
The Board requested that the committee review the procedures for the Champion Award to make it more of a nomination process as opposed to an application process. 

RECOMMENDATIONS
We recommend the continued requirement of electronic submission, use of the identity matrix to track the blinding process, use of the master scoring workbook, and the posting of all material in a Word format on the A&R Web site for committee review. 

We recommend a further review of internal A&R documentation to ensure that all procedures and documents are clear and consistent. In addition, we recommend that all reviewed and revised documentation be organized and posted on the committee’s website. 

We recommend that the NASIG Champion Award procedures be changed to require minimal effort from potential candidates.  Nominees would only have to provide a current CV.  Please see attached sample forms.  

We recommend that the Marcia Tuttle International Grant Award be reviewed and updated in order to attract more applicants. 

PART II: COMPLETED ACTION ITEMS
Committee reviewed a total of 31 applications that were pre-screened for eligibility and blinded by the committee co-chairs. Winners were chosen by each individual member reviewing the electronic documents on the web and scoring the applicants on a standardized Excel worksheet. The worksheet was then submitted to the co-chairs, and scores tabulated.  Winners were approved by the board, notified and registered for the conference, and announced to the membership via NASIG-L and the Newsletter.  2006 was the first year of the Serials Specialist Award.  This award was designed to encourage paraprofessionals working in serials to attend NASIG.  Five applications were received. 

In response to a recommendation from last year, we undertook a comprehensive review of the publicly distributed awards documentation in an effort to create consistency between documents and to clarify wording and requirements.  This included awards announcements, applications, reference questionnaires, and FAQs.  In addition, the requirement for transcripts or proof of enrollment was strengthened for Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship applicants. 

The committee asked the Board for an increase in the amount of the Fritz Schwartz Serials Education Scholarship to $3000, and that request was approved. 

The library school contact list was updated and posted to the internal committee web page. 

Recommendations for continued service on the committee and co-chairs for 2006/07 were made to the president-elect. 

PART III: 2006 AWARDS
Co-chair Slagell received and compiled the ratings for the Student Grant. Co-chair Gibson received and compiled the ratings for the Fritz Schwartz Scholarship and the Serials Specialist Award.  Co-chair Sutton received and compiled the ratings for the Horizon Award and the Tuttle Award. Winners were approved by the board, notified and registered for the conference, and announced to the membership via NASIG-L and the Newsletter. 

NASIG CONFERENCE STUDENT GRANT
Number of applications – 16
Winners’ names and Library School affiliations:

·         Gregory Schmidt, University of Alabama
·         Sarah Morris, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
·         Lisa Harrington, Simmons College
·         Laura Baker, Simmons College 

MEXICO STUDENT CONFERENCE GRANT
Award winner’s name and affiliation:
·         Martha Alejandra Alatorre Betancourt, Universidad Autonoma De San Luis Potosi Escuela De Bibliotecologia e Informacion 

FRITZ SCHWARTZ SERIALS EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
Number of applications – 3
Award winner’s name and affiliation:
·         Claire Rasmussen, University of Wisconsin at Madison 

HORIZON AWARD
Number of applications – 7
Award winner’s name and affiliation:
·         Jennifer Arnold, Central Piedmont Community College 

SERIALS SPECIALIST AWARD
Number of applications – 5
Award winner’s name and affiliation:
·         Wendy Lichte, Arizona State University 

MARCIA TUTTLE INTERNATIONAL GRANT AWARD
No applications were received. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The Co-Chairs of the Awards & Recognition Committee would like to thank those members cycling off the committee this year and welcome the new members of the 2006/07 committee.

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