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Jean Tague Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition
Submission Deadline: October 1, 2010
Notification of Acceptance: November 1, 2010
About the Jean Tague Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition
The Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition offers doctoral
students an opportunity to share information about their research
projects with the LIS community. Posters will be judged on the
significance of the research topic to the LIS field, the
appropriateness of research design and methodology, and a concise
description of the results, as well as on the organization, clarity,
and aesthetics of the poster.
This competition has been established in memory of Jean Tague
Sutcliffe, professor and former dean of the Graduate School of Library
and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario (now the
Faculty of Information and Media Studies). During her thirty-year
career, Professor Sutcliffe’s research on the measurement of
information made significant contributions to the theoretical,
methodological and practical foundations of library and information
science. This award, established by students at UWO in 1997, also
recognizes Professor Sutcliffe’s dedication to the education of
information professionals by awarding a certificate and a $250 cash
prize to the first-place winner.
Only one submission per student is permitted.
Only doctoral students who have completed or are near completion of
their doctoral dissertation research (e.g., the core data have been
analyzed; the student is at the stage of drawing conclusions from the
research findings) are eligible to enter this competition.
Students whose posters are accepted must submit a final copy of the
poster as a PDF by November 29, 2010. Failure to submit a poster at
this time will result in elimination from the competition.
Students whose posters are accepted are required to register for and
attend the ALISE 2011 Conference in San Diego, CA on January 4-7,
To enter the Jean Tague Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Research Poster
Competition, please submit a 500 word structured abstract in plain
text format via the online form at
No submissions will be accepted via e-mail; all submissions must be
sent through the online form listed above.
The final submission deadline is October 1, 2010, and posters are
accepted on a first-come first-served basis.
Posters will be judged according to the following criteria on a scale of 1-5:
Practical, theoretical and statistical significance: The discovery
has broad application and benefit for practice, forwards the
understanding of theory or sets important new theoretical direction,
and results are statistically significant or provide a persuasive
basis for argument.
Design and Method: Design is logical and appropriate to the problem
or research question(s), and method(s) of data collection and analysis
are appropriate, well-described and demonstrate meaningful results.
Oral Presentation: Presentations are clear and to-the-point, no
longer than necessary to describe broadly the overall nature of the
problem, the design and methodology, the results and their
Organization, clarity and aesthetics of visual materials: Posters
should be well-organized, attractive, could be interpreted without
oral presentation, and are coherent with oral presentation.
The Doctoral Poster Session Co-conveners are currently evaluating
additional poster guidelines pending information about the venue in
San Diego. Students whose abstracts meet submission requirements will
be notified about final sizes and formats as soon as possible.
Please direct any questions regarding the ALISE Jean Tague Sutcliffe
Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition to:
Nicole Alemanne (nalemanne[at]fsu.edu) or
Nicole Cooke (Nicole.Cooke[at]Rutgers.edu)