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Emerald Publishing to sponsor iConference 2019 Best Paper Award


We are excited to announce that Emerald Publishing has agreed to sponsor the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper at iConference 2019. Named in memory of the much-beloved conference champion and supporter of the information field, the award will now be known as the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper, Sponsored by Emerald Publishing.

The award is a $5,000 cash prize presented to the author or authors of the full research paper judged to be the best in the conference. Judging will be conducted by the paper and program chairs. Click here for details on past honorees.

The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper was established in 2013 in memory of Lee Dirks of Microsoft Research and his wife Judy Lew, both tragically killed in an auto accident while travelling in Peru. Dirks earned a MLIS at the University of North Carolina iSchool, and was a board member and frequent guest lecturer at the University of Washington iSchool. He was an avid believer in the iSchool movement, and his annual sponsorships of the iConference helped establish the event in its early years.

Microsoft previously provided a grant to fund the Lee Dirks Award for six years. The organizers of iConference 2019 and the iSchools Organization are grateful to Emerald Publishing for their generosity in carrying the award forward for 2019.

In January, five finalists will be identified for the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper, Sponsored by Emerald Publishing. The winning paper will be named at iConference 2019. Once again, our thanks to Emerald Publishing for continuing the legacy of this award.