Christine Borgman to Receive ASIS&T Award of Merit

UCLA Distinguished Research Professor receives highest honor from the Association for Information Science & Technology.

Christine L. Borgman, UCLA Distinguished Research Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies Emerita, is the 2019 recipient of the ASIS&T Award of Merit, the highest honor presented by the Association for Information Science & Technology. Recognizing an individual’s sustained contributions to the information science field throughout their professional career, the Award of Merit is based on impact on theory, scholarship, and practice; exemplary leadership and sustained involvement; and education and mentoring. Professor Borgman will receive the award at the 2019 meeting of ASIS&T in Melbourne in October.

Professor Borgman is the author of more than 250 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication, including three books published by the MIT Press. Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World (2015), winner of the 2015 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Computing and Information Sciences; Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (2000), both winners of the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from ASIS&T.

“Dr. Christine L. Borgman is one of the most important internationally-recognized scholars and leaders in the field of information science. She has demonstrated an impressive sustained body of work throughout her career which makes her a perfect candidate for the ASIS&T Award of Merit,” wrote Sandra Hirsh (’96, Ph.D.), director of the School of Information at San José State University in her nomination of Borgman.

“It is an especially great honor to receive this prestigious award, as ASIS&T has been a constant throughout my professional life,” says Professor Borgman. “I joined as an MLS student at the University of Pittsburgh, presented my first scholarly paper at an ASIS&T conference, followed by papers from my library automation practice, from my doctoral research at Stanford University, and my years at UCLA. Now my students, including Sandra Hirsh and Nadia Caidi, are leaders of ASIS&T.”

Borgman is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery; recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, Association for Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE; and a Legacy Laureate of the University of Pittsburgh. Her research addresses scientific data practices and policy; open science and open access; data sharing and reuse; knowledge infrastructures; privacy; and data governance. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, the University of Oxford, Lund University, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Loughborough University, Budapest University of Economic Sciences, and Eötvös Loránd University.

“The UCLA Department of Information Studies and the entire GSE&IS community joins me in heartfelt congratulations to Professor Borgman for this prestigious award honoring an extraordinary career at the forefront of basic research in the field of information science,” says Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. “Brava! Brava! Brava! Dr. Borgman, for yet another recognition of your contributions to this critical field of inquiry. You make us immensely proud.”