Cash and Recognition to be Given to Technology Author by UMI

Feb 20, 1998


                  Individual or Group Work to be Recognized

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Authors of published articles
focusing on electronic information technology, information systems, databases,
the Internet, the World Wide Web, or the online industry may be eligible for a
cash award and international recognition.  The annual "Excellence in Writing"
award is sponsored by UMI, a Bell & Howell company (NYSE: BHW).
    The $1,500 cash award and a trophy are presented to the winner at the
International Online program in London, England sponsored by Learned
Information Ltd.  This year's program will be December 8, 9, and 10.
    UMI is now accepting nominations for the 1998 award.

    Individual or Group Efforts
    The worldwide competition is open to authors, individually or as a group,
whose work has been published in any journal between August 1997 and July
1998.  An article submitted by a group must designate one individual as the
primary author.  If a primary author is not designated, the article will not
be considered.
    The winning article will be chosen by a three judge panel based on
relevance, originality, clarity, timeliness, accuracy, and quality of
research.  Judges for this year's contest are Charles Bunge, Paula Hane, and
Carol Tenopir.
    Bunge is professor emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies at
the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and co-winner of last year's "Excellence
in Writing" award.  He co-authored "The Shape of Services to Come: Values-
Based Reference Service for the Largely Digital Library" with Chris Ferguson,
assistant dean for Redesign of Subject Libraries at the University of Southern
California in Los Angeles.  The paper was published in the May 1997 issue of
"College & Research Libraries."  He has written hundreds of articles, book
reviews, and columns that have been published in various professional journals
and has presented numerous talks and workshops during the course of his
distinguished career.
    Paula Hane is a contributing editor of "Information Today."  She writes
industry news features, edits the "Internet Publishing" section in the
newspaper, and works on other editorial projects.  She was the editor of
"Database" magazine for eight years, and one of the planners for the "Online
World" conferences.  She has an MLS degree from Columbia University and a
Masters degree in English from New York University, and has 14 years
experience in libraries.  Her writings and presentations have focused on the
online information industry, software, databases, technology, and libraries.
    Carol Tenopir is a professor at the School of Information Sciences,
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she teaches classes in information
access and retrieval, online searching, and the information industry.
Previously, she was on the faculty for 11 years with the School of Library and
Information Studies at the University of Hawaii.  Since 1983, she has written
the "Online Databases" column for "Library Journal" and is a frequent speaker
before professional groups on an array of topics concerning library and
information science.  She holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science
from the University of Illinois.  In 1993, she received the American Society
for Information Science Outstanding Information Science Teacher award.

    Other Guidelines
    The article considered by the three-judge panel must be an original work,
whether published under an individual or group by-line.  The article may be
written in any language.
    Authors may nominate themselves.  However, judges can not nominate
articles.  In addition, judges may not nominate for consideration any articles
they authored or edited between August 1997 and July 1998.  A copy of the
rules follows or may be viewed at UMI's Web site - http://www.umi.com.

    Where to Send Nominations
    A special form is not needed to submit a nomination.  Simply send a copy
of the article, postmarked on or before September 11, 1998 to:

    UMI Excellence in Writing Award
    Attention:  Dan Arbour
    300 N. Zeeb Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  48103

    UMI is a global leader in collecting, organizing, and providing value-
added information worldwide to libraries (academic, public, government, and
business) and schools (K-12).  A deep and growing archive of periodicals,
journals, newspapers, dissertations and other sources of information is
available online through ProQuest Direct(R), on CD-ROM, microform, print, and
other media.  More information about UMI is available on the Internet at
http://www.umi.com.
    Bell & Howell, headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, is a leading worldwide
provider of solutions for information access and high-volume mail processing.
Additional information about Bell & Howell is available on the Internet at
http://www.bellhowell.com.

                         Excellence in Writing Award
                                    Rules
                              February 20, 1998

    1.  The competition is open to authors worldwide.
    2.  Anyone may nominate an author.  With the exception of #11 (see below),
authors may nominate themselves.  A special form is not needed to be
considered.
    3.  Contest is open to author(s) whose published work advances the use and
understanding of information technology.
    4.  The published article must focus on databases, information systems,
the Internet, the World Wide Web, or the online industry.
    5.  Works must be published in any print or electronic publication between
August 1997 and July 1998.  Any article submitted for consideration that
appeared only on a Web site must provide a URL and the name and title of the
person(s) who reviewed the article prior to its posting on the World Wide Web.
    6.  Envelope with submitted article must be postmarked on or before
September 11, 1998.
    7.  If the article submitted to judges for consideration is a group
effort, one person must be designated the primary author.  The primary author
will be the first name listed.  An article submitted by a group where a
primary author is not designated, will not be considered.
    8.  If the winning submission is a group effort, the group's primary
author must notify UMI in a written letter how the cash award is to be
distributed to other article authors.  E-mail will not suffice.  The primary
author must also notify UMI in a written letter which individual UMI is to
reimburse for airfare to London, lodging, meals, and other reasonable expenses
UMI has paid in the past.  Other members of the winning group may travel to
London if they wish, but will do so at their own expense.  UMI will not
reimburse these other members for their air fare, hotel, meals, admission to
the International Online program, or other any other events/expenses.
    9.  The article may be written in any language.
    10.  The winning article will be decided by an independent three-judge
panel based on relevance, originality, clarity, timeliness, accuracy, and
quality of research.
    11.  Judges can not nominate articles.  Nor can judges have any articles
they authored or edited be considered.
    12.  In the event of a tie, UMI's public relations department will cast
the tie-breaking vote.
    13.  The decision of the judges is final.

SOURCE  UMI




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