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Library and Information Research Group

LIRG promotes the value of information research and links research with practice. The Group was formed in 1977 to bring together those interested in library and information research. In April 2003 it became a Special Interest Group of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and as such have to abide by the CILIP Regulations governing the Special Interest Groups.

These rules however are being reviewed as part of the CILIP Branches and Groups review - Building a sustainable network: CILIP Branch and Group Review.

LIRG Mission

LIRG will support and raise the profile of library and information science research and its use by CILIP LIRG members and the wider community. It will provide relevant and high quality activities and publications for practitioners and researchers which will encourage ‘research into practice’ and involve wider stakeholders.

Latest News:

9 April 2014: The LIRG student prize for 2013 has been awarded to Mary Davies for her dissertation entitled, A study of post-primary teacher and librarian collaboration in Northern Ireland, Submitted for the MSc in Library and Information Management, School of Education, University of Ulster.  Congratulations to Mary.

9 April 2014: LIRG email bulletin published. Please see: for more details.

25 March 2014
Edinburgh Napier University student, Chris Charters, is keen for anyone who works in the library, information or knowledge sector to complete a short survey (5 minutes) to collect data for a project entitled Social Platforms as business tools: An investigation into the use of Google+ in library and information service delivery.
All responses will be anonymised and no individuals will be identifiable in the written report of the project to which the results contribute.If you are able to spread the word of the survey to other professional colleagues, this will also be appreciated.

24 March 2014: LIRG's twitter handle has been renamed from @lirgmarketing to @ciliplirg

18 March 2014: We are sorry to announce that the CILIP in Scotland Discovery Day due on 22nd April in Aberdeen has been cancelled. CILIPS are going to reschedule the event later in the year.

10 March 2014: LIRG committee meeting.

7 March 2014: OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe, is offering open webinars on OpenAIRE compatibility for repositories with Pedro Príncipe, José Carvalho, Paolo Manghi and Alen Vodopijevec on Tuesday, March 18 and on Tuesday, April 1. To register your interest in attending the webinar, please email iryna.kuchma [at] as soon as possible with the following information: your name, email address, job title, institution and country along with the date of the webinar you wish to attend.

27 February 2014: Library and Information Research has just published its latest issue at We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to view articles of interest.

18 February 2014: RGU Aberdeen are holding a one day event on 22nd April 2014 - CILIPS Discovery Day: Putting Research into Practice - CANCELLED

17 February 2014: Check out our updated events calendar.

14 February 2014: Call for papers for the iFutures 1 day conference for postdoctoral students to be held on Tuesday 22nd July at the University of Sheffield.

30 January 2014: How to Write a Cover Letter for Research Jobs | Free ebook -

27 November 2013: Back issues of journal from 1993 - 2001 (Vol 17, No 59 - Vol. 25, No 79) have been digitized. A couple of issues have not yet been digitized Vol. 30. No 96 and Vol. 21, No 69. Does anyone have a copy of Vol. 21, No 69. 

22 August 2013: The presentations from the RDM event in May are available from the past events page.

15 July 2013: Please see our past events page to hear all about the ISKO meeting that two of LIRG committee were guest speakers at.