The LIRG Research Scan Award is intended to encourage dissemination and take-up of research and innovation in library and information science. The value of the Research Scan Award is £500. It is a new Award from LIRG, first offered in 2010. It is not being offered in 2011.
The LIRG Research Scan is not intended to be an annual award, but
rather a special means to address an urgent current issue in library and
information science, by acting as a summary of relevant research. It is
not intended to generate new research, but rather to collect, analyse
and present existing research in a report for application by
Scan Award 2012/13
Congratulations to Helen Buckley Woods and Andrew Booth from Information Resources at Scharr at the University of Sheffield who are the successful recipients of the LIRG Scan Award 2012/13.
These conditions apply when the Award is being offered.
NB it is not an annual reward.
Applicants should have the experience to perform a comprehensive review of the quantitative and qualitative methodologies and best practice currently available. Applications are open to lone researchers or research teams. Researchers may be academics and/or practitioners. Researchers must be residents of the UK.
Please see below for how to apply and deadlines.
The Research Scan Award is not intended to create new research but involves performing a literature review of existing research. Synonymous terms for this activity are considered to be systematic review, scoping review and horizon scanning. If in doubt about what is required, please see below for contact email addresses for enquiries.
The final intended output of the LIRG Research Scan will be a revised version of the Conference paper and will be published in LIRG's journal, Library and Information Research. The Research Scan Award is a fixed sum of £500 which will be paid on acceptance of the final paper for publication in Library and Information Research. The Research Scan award is a fixed sum and is not intended to cover institutional costs of the work (if any).
The detailed workplan for the LIRG Research Scan 2012/13 is:
December 2012: Call for proposals.
7 Jauary 2013: Submission Deadline.
By 21 January 2013: LIRG to select and notify the successful researcher/team.
January through June 2013: selected researcher/team to compile a draft Research Scan paper on the given topic, and submit it by email to the LIRG Awards Co-rdinator.
15 June 2013: submission of the draft Research Scan paper.
1 July 2013: LIRG Pre-Umbrella Conference Event. Selected researcher/team to present, and get feedback on, the draft Research Scan paper from attendees at the event. Note that LIRG will pay travel expenses to the event for up to two researchers involved in the Research Scan. This is in addition to the Research Scan Award itself.
By the end of September: Library and Information Research, LIRG's journal, to consider for acceptance the final version Research Scan report as a paper. After acceptance, the Scan Award will be paid to the selected researcher/team.
The material from the scan report, paper and feedback from the LIRG event will be used by LIRG to inform policy development.
The proposal, appropriateness, quality and depth of academic and professional achievements will form the criteria for the Scan Award.
LIRG Research Scan: 2010 topic - Methods for demonstrating the value of public libraries in the UK
The committee received the critical analysis of research on measuring the value of public libraries prepared by Christine Rooney-Browne, a PhD student at Strathclyde University. The analysis is a literature review of existing quantitative and qualitative evaluation methodologies for demonstrating the value of public libraries in the UK.
It is an interesting read which looks at defining the value of libraries (economic and social) and current methods for measuring performance including examples of best practice both within the UK and beyond. The literature search for examples of best practice in the UK proved difficult to uncover which reflects a common theme that few practitioner activities appear in writing.
The final paper arising from the scan was published in Library and Information Research in 2011.
Methods for demonstrating the value of public libraries in the UK: a literature review