iSchool Doctoral Student Wins Business Information Review Journal Best Article Award

iSchool PhD student Lateef Ayinde has won the Business Information Review Journal (BIR) Prize for Best Article.

The BIR is devoted to the practice of business information provision. It offers content and resources tailored to information managers, librarians, knowledge managers, researchers, analysts, consultants, and publishers. The prize for Best Article is awarded based on a review process by the editorial board. Winners will receive $100, plus $100 worth of SAGE books. Ayinde’s paper, titled, “Rethinking the roles and skills of information professionals in the 4th Industrial Revolution,” was published in conjunction with researcher Hal Kirkwood (University of Oxford). Their paper explores the fourth Industrial Revolution in relation to the skills needed by information professionals to thrive in the field. It poses solutions for the challenges these professionals face, and aims to increase economic empowerment.

“Getting this recognition means a lot because it is a journal ranked in Scopus and other relevant indexing and abstracting databases pertinent to the information field. Ranking and the impact factor of a paper mean a lot in the academic world,” said Lateef, “This is a good start in my doctoral program and my professional career.”

Lateef Ayinde is a current Ph.D. student in the School of Information. Before attending Florida State, he earned his Master’s in Information Science from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He has worked as an Information Service Professional at Lagos Business School and Pan Atlantic University, as well as a Research Fellow at Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative and the Centre for Technology and Culture at Curtin University. He is an academic, researcher, and information professional in the field. In addition to this publication, he has had papers published in Emerald Insight and SAGE journals.

“It is an honor and [I am] humbled to receive the best paper for 2020,” said Ayinde. “I would not have achieved this without my strong writing and research background and co-author Hal Kirkwood from University of Oxford. Also, winning the best paper informed me that others see future potentials in my line of study. The award has taught me that no matter your ideas, do not think it is too small to be presented anywhere. Believe in yourself. We wrote this paper when there was this controversial issue on artificial intelligence taking over the job of information professionals, and we started researching this topic.”

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