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LITA/Ex Libris seeking LIS student authors

LITA is pleased to offer an award for the best unpublished manuscript submitted by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program. Sponsored by LITA and Ex Libris, the award consists of $1,000, publication in LITA’s refereed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), and a certificate. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is February 28, 2012.

The purpose of the award is to recognize superior student writing and to enhance the professional development of students. The manuscript can be written on any aspect of libraries and information technology. Examples include digital libraries, metadata, authorization and authentication, electronic journals and electronic publishing, telecommunications, distributed systems and networks, computer security, intellectual property rights, technical standards, desktop applications, online catalogs and bibliographic systems, universal access to technology, library consortia and others.

At the time the unpublished manuscript is submitted, the applicant must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited program in library and information studies at the masters or PhD level.

To be eligible, applicants must follow the detailed guidelines and fill out the application form, available on the LITA web site. Send the signed, completed forms by February 28, 2012 to the Award Committee Chair, Heidi Hanson, University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, IT Division, College Park, MD 20742-7011. Submit the manuscript to Heidi electronically at hhanson (at)

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.