Rutgers graduate receives the ALISE Dissertation Award

By: Megan Dougherty

Kyong Eun Oh, a 2013 graduate of Rutgers University.

Kyong Eun Oh, a 2013 graduate of Rutgers University, received the ALISE Dissertation Award in 2015.

Kyong Eun Oh recently became the fifth Rutgers graduate to receive the Association for Library and Information Science/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award.
According to the Rutgers School of Communication and Information website, Oh’s advisor was distinguished professor Nicholas J. Belkin. Her dissertation, “The Process of Organizing Personal Information,” focused on the digital element of organization, along with the social factors that shape one’s personal information organization.
“In my dissertation research study, I explored the process of organizing personal information in digital forms from a cognitive sociological perspective, and developed a model that explains the process,” Oh said.
In 2013, Oh earned her doctorate in Library and Information Science from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Currently, she is working as an assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston.
On the ALISE website, it states this award is judged based on seven criteria: significance of the research problem to the overall library and information science field, presentation of the relevant literature, design of the study, conduct of the study, analysis and presentation of data, appropriateness of conclusions and clarity and organization of the writing.
When Oh found out she received the award she felt “truly honored,” and believes attending Rutgers helped play a part in this achievement. Her time at the university helped her not only on a professional level, but on a personal one as well, she said.
“I truly appreciate all the experiences I had at Rutgers including various teaching and research opportunities, meeting and working with great people, and receiving support from professors and colleagues,” Oh said.
The ALISE/Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award was created in 1996, and each year a new recipient is announced, according to the ALISE website. The four other Rutgers graduates to receive this award came in 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2009.