Students will receive specific notification of the rules for the current contest through the SLIS mailing list. This web page is meant as a general reference to the nature of applicable guidelines. However, the official announcement sent each year as "call for papers" supersedes this HTML document.
The author of the winning paper will receive $250.00 from the OU SLIS Alumni Association and be recognized at the annual SLISebration/Beta Phi Mu banquet. In addition, the paper abstract will be posted on the Alumni Web page. Please contact Maggie Ryan, Coordinator of Admissions and Student Support at OU SLIS, if you have any specific questions.
- Students currently enrolled and attending OU SLIS classes on either the Norman or Tulsa campuses.
- Any topic related to libraries, librarianship, or information management in libraries.
- The paper must be typed, double-spaced.
- The paper must begin with an abstract.
- The paper must include a bibliography or sources cited.
- 3 copies, including one copy with removable author identification sheet with the author's name address, telephone number, and title of paper.
- A signed release for publication statement.
- Submission instructions have been updated--students submitting a paper must follow the detailed submission requirements as outlined in the Paper Submission Cover sheet document.
- Topic (timeliness and appeal to professional librarians) Organization Development of topic or thesis
- Authority (evidence of scholarly research; documentation)
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- 2012 - Sarah Denton - "The 'Activist Archivist' in the Digital Age" Click here to download the paper as a PDF.
- 2011 - Joseph Rector - "A Model of Research Pacing and Information Coaching: An Adaptation of Carol Kuhlthau's Information Search Process." Click here to download an abstract of the paper.
- 2010 - Ruth Neal - "Meeting the Information Needs of People Over 50" Click here to download the paper as a PDF.
- 2009 - Caleb Puckett - "Oh the Humanities: Understanding Information Behavior to Foster Information Literacy"
- 2008 - Mary Holmes - "Current Issues: Robert Taylor’s Question Negotiation Framework and Melissa Gross’ Imposed Query Model in the Online Environment" Click here to download the paper as a PDF.
- 2007 - Elizabeth Bolton - " Organization of Information in the Public Libraries of the Abbasid Caliphate" Click here to download the associated presentation in PowerPoint format.
- 2006 - Jane E. Long - "Where is the Information Located? Navigating the Invisible Web" Download PDF of this paper.
- 2005 - Amalia Strothmann - "Challenges to Privacy and Confidentiality Rights Presented by Virtual Reference"
- 2004 - Amalia Strothmann - "Personality and Situational Factors Influencing Online Searching Behaviors and Effectiveness"
- 2003 - Karen Antell - "Student Library Workers and Motivation: Theory and Practice"
- 2002 - Douglas Valentine - "Gender and its Role on Effective Management"
- 2001 - Deanna J. Hall Tirrell - "Digital Divide: How Will We Bridge It?"
- 2000 - Jeanne L. Bishop - "Some Issues Regarding Equity of Access to Electronic Information"
- 1999 - Robert L. Roddy - "Multicultural Librarianship: Changing the world One Patron at a Time"
- 1998 - Karen Campbell - "The Fair Use Doctrine of The Copyright Act In The Electronic Information Environment"
- 1997 - Robert L. Roddy - "AIDS in the workplace; a managerial perspective"
- 1996 - Rebecca Graebner - "An examination of the "PROFS" litigation and its impact on records management of electronic mail"
- 1995 - Carolyn G. Hanneman - "Like elastic: the library profession and African Americans strive for equality"
- 1993 - Laine McCarthy - "The electronic book and the paperless society"
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