Awards and Scholarships

Every year the Los Angeles Chapter awards members and students for their contribution and interest in the information science and technology community.

Contributions to Information Science and Technology Awards (CISTA)

Each year, the Los Angeles Chapter of American Society for Information Science and Technology presents its Contribution to Information Science & Technology Award (CISTA) to one or more people who have made significant contributions to the field of Information Science. Recipients are those individuals who are recognized by their colleagues as exceptional leaders whose dedication, commitment and vision inspire others, or whose singular contribution to the field of information science has been particularly significant.

The recipient need not be an ASIS&T member, nor living in the Southern California area. The Chapter invites the Award recipient(s) to be the speaker at the Awards meeting in the Fall. This offers a great opportunity to recognize a leader or a visionary in our profession, and learn more about his/her contribution.

Margaret McKinley Memorial Student Scholarships

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology offers annual Student Scholarship Essay Competition for current library and information science graduate students. This Competition, first established in 1992, and renamed in memory of the late Margaret McKinley in 1993, is intended to encourage students in Librarianship and Information Science Programs to consider the benefits of participation in the activities of professional societies.

All students enrolled in Library and Information Science Programs, including recent (current semester or quarter) graduates, at universities within the areas represented by the Los Angles Chapter of ASIST (Hawaii, California, and Australia) are eligible to enter. Current membership in the American Society for Information Science and Technology is not required to enter the Competition.

View scholarship guidelines and past scholarship winners

Graduate Student / Early Career Travel Award

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T is pleased to offer two (2) travel awards to recent and current graduate students and early career professionals to attend the Information Architecture Summit (IA Summit), a conference for information professionals in user experience and information architecture.
View travel award guidelines