Call for Application – The CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research 2019

The CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research Committee (2018-2019) now invites the CALA members to submit their research works published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 for the competition of the CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research 2019.

The career of Jing Liao (1954-2011), a long-time CALA member and a devoted and accomplished librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was a perfect example of the pursuit of excellence in research and service. Honoring the memory of Jing Liao, the establishment of this memorial fund encourages CALA members to engage in excellence in research relating to information science and library related fields.

CALA members in good standing for three consecutive years are eligible to apply for the award of $500 cash award and $500 supplemental travel fund, which are contributed by the following company:

  • Beijing Zhenben Technology Co. Ltd.

The travel fund is for the winner who attends and receives the award at the 2019 ALA/CALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.  (June 2019). The winner will not be able to claim for the travel fund if he/she does not attend the ALA/CALA annual conference.

The CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research Committee (2018 – 2019) will use the Guidelines for Jing Liao Award Application and Selection to evaluate the research works submitted by the CALA members and will ensure a fair and transparent process. The CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research Committee is charged with the task of calling for applications and selecting a work that best fits the criteria for the award.

Qualified CALA members who are willing to apply for the Award should follow this new guideline for the competition:

      The following criteria will be used to evaluate and select the best research works received:

      For application, please submit the following materials to both Sai Deng (saideng@gmail.com) and Yiping Wang (yiping4cala@gmail.com):

  1. Guidelines for Application:
    • An award in the amount of $500 will be granted annually to the author(s) of the winning publication;
    • Applicants must be CALA members in good standing for three consecutive years, including the award year;
    • Applicants must demonstrate excellence in scholarly research by publishing works in any online and printed peer-reviewed publications, including books, book chapters, conference proceedings, e-journals, and Open Access journals, focusing in the fields of Library and Information Sciences.
    • Applicants may submit one work, in either English or Chinese, published in the previous year for consideration;
    • The first author of the research publication must not be a past recipients of the award.
  2. Selection Criteria:
    • Scholarly Value: This criterion explores which research work has demonstrated more creative ideas, new discoveries, deep influences, innovative approaches, etc. to promote any type of Library and Information Science research.
    • Research Focus: This criterion examines if the author has sufficient ability, experience, knowledge, and skills to deal with the addressed research subjects.
    • Range and Scope of Research: This criterion measures the extent and the range of the researcher’s perceptions and thoughts in his/her research work.
    • Methodology: This criterion examines if the researcher utilizes an effective methodology to generate accountable conclusions, such as the connection between the population and the sample for quantitative analysis, etc.,
    • Discovery: This criterion explores if the submitted research work has any new discoveries or suggestions different from other previous research in the same fields.
    • Influence: This criterion measures the potential implication or promotion for further studies in the related research fields.
  3. Application:
    • A short cover letter including a statement of your CALA membership history and current status;
    • Full-text of your publication in a PDF format;
    • A complete citation of your publication in Chicago, APA, or MLA style, including its DOI link or URL if available;
    • A copy of your recent curriculum vitae in a PDF format.
  4. Application Deadline: March 31, 2019 (Sunday)
    • This is the deadline for the qualified CALA members to submit their research works for the CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research 2018.
  5. Award Announcement Date: Before June 1, 2019 (Saturday)  
    • The award of the CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research 2019 will be announced before June 1, 2019 (Saturday).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our committee at any time.

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

 

Sincerely,

CALA Jing Liao Award for the Best Research Committee (2018 – 2019) 

Sai Deng, Co-Chair, saideng@gmail.com

YiPing Wang, Co-Chair, yiping4cala@gmail.com

Jia He, jiahe@southalabama.edu

Daniel Xiao, danxiao@library.tamu.edu

Jingshan Xiao, jingshanxiao@gmail.com

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