The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) awards a student research prize each year for a research-based project. Typically it will be a Postgraduate dissertation or a final year Undergraduate project. Each type will be given appropriate consideration. Each School of Library and Information Studies is invited to nominate one of their students' projects for the award. 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.
Due to its originality and innovative focus the prize has been awarded to Jessica Elmore for her dissertation entitled “We don't go home. We carry on through our lives.” An exploration of the information literacy experiences of home educating families. Jessica studied at THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD – MA Librarianship.
Two dissertations also received commendations. These included Archana Desmukh from the University of Brighton for her investigation into the feasibility of designing a framework for the quantitative evaluation of the Clinical Librarian service at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. This dissertation was high quality and highly applicable to practice. Denise Byrne of the University of Northumbria, was also commended for an extremely high quality and innovative undergraduate dissertation on “Neogeography and the democratisation of GIS and Geospatial data: a metasynthesis of qualitative research”.
The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) and the JIBS User Group JIBS) each award a student prize each year for an outstanding research-based project.
Both prizes will be for a Postgraduate dissertation or a final year Undergraduate project.
Each School of Library and Information Studies is invited to nominate one of their student's projects for each prize. A student project may be submitted for both prizes but no single project will be given both prizes.
The closing date for submission was the 20 July 2014.
Further details on the prizes and how to submit are now available:-
LIRG Prize: see belowJIBS Prize: http://www.jibs.ac.uk/
Award is for £300. A short paper based on this dissertation will appear
in a future issue of our journal, Library and Information
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 July 2014. 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: