This award is given annually to the best scholarly paper submitted by a student and accepted for presentation at the Canadian Association for Information Science / L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI) annual conference. Abstracts are adjudicated by the CAIS/ACSI Conference Program Committee. To be considered for this award the abstract must represent a report of scholarly research. Jointly authored submissions are eligible so long as all authors were students at the time when the research described in the abstract was completed. While this competition will be of particular interest to graduate students (both doctoral and masters), it is open to all students of all ages and levels, both full and part time. The competition is open to both Canadian and international students. All student abstracts submitted will be considered for this award as long as they meet the criteria. The award consists of a $1,000 (Canadian currency) prize which, in the case of a jointly authored submission, will be shared equally among the authors. The winning author(s) must attend CAIS/ACSI to give their paper and receive the award. The abstract of the paper will be published in the conference proceedings and the full paper in CJILS/RCSIB. Should the CAIS/ACSI Conference Program Committee determine that no submission is worthy, an award will not be given. A description of the conference and the call for papers may be found on the CAIS/ACSI website (

Previous Winners 

2021 Amber Matthews, University of Western Ontario
Reading the Silence: Canadian Library Responses to Racial Injustice

2020 Martin Nord, University of Western Ontario
The United Church of Canada’s Reconciliation Documents and the Indexing of Collective Memory

2019 Davin Helkenberg, University of Western Ontario
Young Women Encountering Information on Sexuality in Young Adult Literature

2018 Asen Ivanov, University of Toronto
The Analytical Potential of Cultural Meanings: Insights from the Analysis of Evaluation Practices in a Digital News Archive

2017 Elysia Guzik, University of Toronto
Information Sharing as Embodied Practice

2016 Deborah Hicks, University of Alberta
Person or Place: The Rhetorical Construction of Librarian and Library by the Information Profession Community

2015 Devon Greyson, University of British Columbia
Information Practices Evolving Over Time: Cases from the Young Parent Study

2014 Deborah Hicks, University of Alberta
The Construction of Librarians’ Professional Identities: A Discourse Analysis

2013 Chaya Litvack, University of Toronto
The Temporalities of Performance Art Documentation

2012 Angela Pollak, University of Western Ontario
Forester or Bushman? Experience as an Information Source in an Ontario Logging and Tourist Community

2011 Lisa Quirke, University of Toronto
Exploring the Settlement Experiences and Information Practices of Afghan Newcomer Youth in Toronto

2010 David Jank, Long Island University
Toward a Unifying Ontology for Human-Information Interaction

2009 Tami Oliphant, The University of Western Ontario
Contested Knowledge and Information Behaviour: Treatments for Depression

2008 Shelagh K. Genuis, University of Alberta
Evolving Information in an Evidence-Based World: Theoretical Considerations

2007 Mary Cavanagh, The University of Toronto
Re-conceptualizing the Reference Transaction’ The Case for Interaction and Information Relationships at the Public Library Reference Desk

2006 Margaret Kipp, The University of Western Ontario
Complementary or Discrete Contexts in Online Indexing: A Comparison of user, Creator and Intermediary Keywords

2005 Jennifer L. Pecoskie, The University of Western Ontario
The Intersection of Community within the Reading Experience: Lesbian Women’s Reflections on the Book as Text and Object