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Toronto’s Sarah Lubelski wins iSchools 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Award; Brian Dobreski of Syracuse is runner up

10 Dec 2019 19:02 | iSchools News (Administrator)

The iSchools Dissertation Award Committee have announced that the winner of the 2020 Award is Sarah Lubelski of the University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Dr. Lubelski’s dissertation was judged the best nomination from an iSchool for the preceding year. The runner up is Brian Dobreski of the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Both honorees will be recognized at the upcoming iConference 2020 in Borås, Sweden.

The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is an annual competition introduced in 2013. The 2020 Award was chaired by Koraljka Golub of Linnaeus University, Stasa Milojevic of Indiana University, and Lihong Zhou of Wuhan University. Nominations were solicited from all member-iSchools.

Dr. Lubelski’s winning dissertation is titled A Gentlewoman’s Profession: The Emergence of Feminized Publishing at Richard Bentley and Son, 1858-1898. This is what the Award Chairs had to say about it: “Our committee found this thesis to be an excellent interdisciplinary historiography that addresses a larger issue of feminization of the publishing industry by providing a history of a publishing house in the Victorian U.K. Although, the dissertation itself is examining a particular place and point in time, the author pointed out similar historical cases of feminization of professions. We especially appreciated how the author pointed the importance of this for current state of STEM fields and increase of number of women researchers.”

Dr. Dobreski’s runner up dissertation is titled Values in Knowledge Organization Standards: A Value Analysis of Resource Description and Access (RDA). Per the Award Chairs: “Our committee found this thesis to be a very-well written and well-designed study of values embedded in knowledge organization standards. This is a very relevant, yet understudied topic, and the thesis presents an important contribution to knowledge organization research on values. The author uses a combination of methods (content analysis and interviews) in a two-phase design. The author also shows a mastery of relevant literature.”

The winner of the 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Award receives a cash prize of $2,500; the runner up receives $1,000. Both honorees will be recognized at iConference 2020, which takes place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden. Conference registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 15.

More information about current and past Award winners can be found here.

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