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Annual Best Publication Award

Researchers, educators, and practitioners with recent publications exploring and expanding the role of information literacy in navigating current information challenges are eligible for the Institute for Information Literacy’s annual Best Publication Award. A review committee will conduct an examination of literature published in the current year and also accept individual nominations. The selected winner will receive a $1,000 award to extend their research, be featured as an invited speaker at the Institute’s annual ID:EALS symposium, and be invited to serve on the next year’s Best Publication Award committee.


Society faces significant information challenges today, ranging from misinformation campaigns designed to confuse and disempower, to a lack of access to credible information that can have life-altering, disproportionate effects on different communities. Information literacy researchers make a positive difference in addressing these unwieldy challenges. The Institute’s Best Publication Award highlights excellence in information literacy scholarship that results in significant developments and innovation in information literacy models addressing information challenges.

Program Description

This award will recognize an outstanding publication exploring the unique positioning of information literacy to address the deluge of information challenges facing our society. The Institute invites nominations of research projects addressing these issues to be considered for this award.

One annual award will be given in the amount of $1,000.

Publications may include journal articles, book chapters, and published proceedings. Submitted publications may be authored by one or more individuals, a group, organization, or committee. They must be published in the year (Jan-Dec) of the call for nominations.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be sent via email to the Institute:

Nominations must be in the form of a brief written application, composed of:

  • a complete citation of the publication
  • a short description (no more than 300 words) detailing how the publication meets the selection criteria
  • if possible, an electronic version of the publication should also be included

Successful nominations clearly demonstrate a contribution to the development or enhancement of information literacy models or techniques that support individuals, communities, or organizations in using information wisely or combating the misuse of information. Relevance, originality, and impactfulness will be considered.

A rubric provides some guidance during the Awards Committee's selection process.

The deadline for nominations is December 31. Awardees will be notified in March of the following year.