DIS PhD graduate wins major ALA award

Dr. June Abbas, 2001 Ph.D. graduate has been selected as the 2016 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology recipient. This award is sponsored by the  OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.  and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), and is given for research important to the development of information technologies, particularly the publication, storage, dissemination and retrieval of information, or the processes by which information is manipulated and managed.

Dr. Abbas is currently a professor of Library & Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She obtained her Ph.D. in Information Science from UNT in 2001 and taught in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the State University of New York in Buffalo from 2001-2008 before joining OU SLIS on the Norman Campus in August 2008. Abbas' publications and research is quite impressive - publishing over 100 articles with the h-index of 13 since 2008, authoring and editing two books, contributing to 10 book chapters, and developing several research/technical reports and specifications. She has also obtained over $1,600,000 in grant awards, with 23 funded grant projects. 

Her research areas are information-seeking and information system use and design, organization of information, and the changing nature of information and systems - all areas that are an excellent fit with the purpose of the Kilgour award.

"I am deeply honored to accept the Fredrick G. Kilgour Award. He was a librarian, innovator, visionary but pragmatic thinker, leader and guide whose contributions to libraries, cataloging, and interlibrary loan are unparalleled," said Abbas. 

As the winner of this prestigious award, Dr. Abbas will receive $2,000, a citation, and travel expenses to attend the LITA awards ceremony at the ALA conference in Orlando in June. 

For more details, read the full ALA article here.