This award, which is jointly sponsored by OCLC and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work that shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed.
Dr. Abbas is being recognized for her research into information seeking and information use and design. She has authored more than 100 articles, 2 books, contributed 10 book chapters and received over $1,600,000 in grant awards funding 23 projects. The award nomination letter notes that "Dr. Abbas’ work has contributed substantially to our understanding of the provision of information resources in the context of libraries and our entire digital society through the study of processes by which information and data are manipulated and managed." She is currently Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
As the 2016 Kilgour Award recipient, Dr. Abbas receives $2,000, a citation, and travel expenses to attend the LITA Awards Ceremony & President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando (FL).
Members of the 2016 Frederick G. Kilgour Award committee are:
- Bohyun Kim (chair)
- Ellen Bahr
- Jason Simon
- Margaret Heller
- Tabatha Farney
- Tao Zhang
- Roy Tennant, OCLC liaison