The 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.
The award 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
LIRG Research Scan: 2012/13 topic: "What do LIS practitioners want from research?"
Helen and Andrew have conducted a scoping review of practitioner engagement with research. Interim findings were presented at the Pre-Umbrella Conference 2013 and a full paper based on this report appeared our journal, Library and Information Research (LIR), vol 37, no 116 (2013). The evidence will be used to inform LIRG/CILIP research policy.
LIRG Research Scan: 2010 topic: Methods for demonstrating the value of public libraries in the UK
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.
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 proposal, appropriateness, quality and depth of academic and professional achievements will form the criteria for the Scan Award.