Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the Library Research Round Table's
Shera awards! The winners will receive their awards at the 2017 ALA annual
conference in Chicago.


Jesse H. Shera Award for Dissertation Research: Rachel D. Williams, iSchool,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Performing Boundary Work: An Exploration of Public Library Workers'
Provision of Information Services to People Experiencing Homelessness

Reviewer comments: 

This unique and important research, combined with the topic's societal
significance, can contribute to better supporting library staff serving
people experiencing homelessness. The findings have the potential to support
adding other community services to libraries, such as a visiting social


Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research: Alistair Black
and Henry Gabb

"The Value Proposition of the Corporate Library, Past and Present"
(published 2016 in Information & Culture: A Journal of History, v. 51, n. 2,
p. 192-225)

Reviewer comments: 

Expertly conducted with an innovative approach, this work is an
exceptionally well researched and written historical analysis of corporate
libraries. Its conclusions justify the continued benefit of special
libraries to a variety of industries.



Susan Rathbun-Grubb, MSLS, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of Library and Information Science

University of South Carolina

1501 Greene St.

Columbia, SC 29208


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