James Lowry Wins Third Annual Library Juice Paper Contest

James Lowry Wins Third Annual Library Juice Paper Contest

October 1, 2015
Sacramento, CA

Library Juice Press is happy to announce the winner of the Third Annual Library Juice Paper Contest. James Lowry’s unpublished paper, titled, “Information and the Social Contract,” was judged by the award jury to be the best paper out of 24 submitted in this year’s contest, in a blind process. Jury member Melissa Adler wrote,

“[This paper] makes an important theoretical intervention into archival studies by artfully bringing the concepts of performativity and control into dialogue around the notion of the “record-as-command.” …[T]he author raises some provocative questions. It’s a scholarly work–clever and challenging and fun to read.”

James Lowry is a doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (England).

The Library Juice Paper Contest winner receives an award of $1000. The intention of this contest is to encourage and reward good work in the field of library and information studies, humanistically understood, through a monetary award and public recognition. Papers submitted may be unpublished, pending publication, or published in the year of the award. Any type of paper may be entered as long as it is not a report of an empirical study. Examples of accepted forms would be literature review essays, analytical essays, historical papers, and personal essays. The work may include some informal primary research, but may not essentially be the report of an empirical study.

The critera for judgment are:

– Clarity of writing
– Originality of thought
– Sincerity of effort at reaching something true
– Soundness of argumentation (where applicable)
– Relevance to our time and situation

The jury for this year’s award consisted of Melissa Adler, Assistant Professor, School of School of Information Science, University of Kentucky; Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Library Instruction, Long Island University, Brooklyn; and Lacey Torge, Outreach and Social Media Librarian at Tri-County Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina.

Entries in next year’s award are due August 1st, 2016.

Library Juice Press is an imprint of Litwin Books, LLC specializing in theoretical and practical issues in librarianship from a critical perspective, for an audience of professional librarians and students of library science.

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