The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) awards a student prize each year for an outstanding research-based project on any LIS topic. LIRG offers the prize to promote a greater awareness amongst students of the importance of research and to facilitate the dissemination of the results of outstanding projects. Entries are usually extremely high quality and very interesting to read, covering a diverse range of topics and utilizing an increasingly wide range of research methods.
Nominations are invited for the 2016 award. Typical entries would be a Postgraduate dissertation or a final year Undergraduate project. Each type will be given appropriate consideration. Every Department of Library and Information Studies is encouraged to nominate one of their students' projects. For submissions to be eligible, the dissertation or project should have been submitted between August 2015 and September 2016.
The Award is for £300 and a short paper based on the winning dissertation will appear in a future issue of our journal, Library and Information Research (LIR).
The closing date for submission is 20 January 2017. Further details on the prize and how to submit are available in the Procedures and Conditions section below.
1. Prizes will be awarded to students completing courses leading to a first professional qualification recognised by CILIP in Schools/Departments of Library and Information Studies.
2. The value of the award is £300.
3. The work of one student may be submitted by each of the Schools/Departments of Library and Information Studies with a short (no more than 200/300 word) supporting recommendation.
4. The closing date for submission is 20 January 2017. Work completed and assessed in the past twelve months is eligible.
5. Projects to be submitted shall be ones completed as part of normal course requirements in a course leading to a first professional qualification and shall be of the level which might be called "dissertation", "major project", etc.
6. Research is to be interpreted broadly but must include some original work.
7. A Panel will be appointed by the Library and Information Research Group to judge entries and award prizes. The Panel's decision will be final. The Panel will publish a general summary of the strengths and weaknesses of entries in order to encourage the quality of student research.
8. The Library and Information Research Group will from time to time publish a set of criteria for the judging of entries.
9. Prize winners shall agree to:
9.1. Give a short presentation on their projects at a special LIRG meeting, when the prizes will be awarded;
9.2. Write a short summary for the LIRG journal Library and Information Research
10. LIRG may wish to negotiate publication rights with the prize winner's department or school. Alternatively, LIRG will advise prize winners on the publication of suitable work.
11. Applicants should be residents of the UK or Ireland.
Applications and enquiries should be sent by email, to:
LIRG Awards and Prizes Co-ordinator
Telephone: 0161 295 0447
1. Quality and design of research
h. Has the proposition been well argued?
b. Is good use made of:
3. Originality - does the work show evidence of originality
4. Other Comments
5. Is the work: