Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Library and Information Research Group Award

The  LIRG (Library and Information Research Group) Research Award is currently open for application.  The application deadline 1st December 2014.  Dr John Cullen of Maynooth University is a previous winner of the award, for a research project on the Irish library job market.

The purpose of the Award is to encourage research and innovation in library and information science. Particular attention will be paid to proposals intended to improve the accessibility, retrievability and usefulness of information. The maximum value of the Award is £2500.   This year’s award has also received sponsorship from Health Libraries Group and PTFS Europe.
The Award may be used to defray research expenses (e.g. travel, postage costs) to fund attendance at high level meetings or to fund a study tour. However, a clear overall aim for the research must be stated. Visits for general professional development will not be considered. For a guide on writing research proposals, please see Writing a research proposal

There is no application form, and proposals may be made in any suitable form. As guidance, it is suggested that the following should be included:

    A description of the proposed research, including a title, the objective(s), the methodology, the expected timescale, and any other related work (by the proposer or others)

    A financial projection, including all anticipated expenditure, which will be used as the basis on which any award if assessed. Where it is proposed to use funding from other sources to supplement the Award this should be clearly stated. Proposers should note that LIRG Award should be the principal source of funding for the research.

    Curriculum vitae of proposer

Prize winners will be required to present an interim account of the research to the Annual General Meeting of the Library and Information Research Group. In addition, a final report on the research will be required in the form of a paper suitable for publication in Library and Information Research (LIR).
 Applications should be sent to: Dr Alison Brettle, LIRG Awards Co-ordinator



Monday, September 15, 2014

Call for Papers, Workshops, Posters - Academic & Special Libraries Conference

 "The Inside Out Library: Collaboration, Inspiration, Transformation
 We would like to invite you to contribute to the conference and we have 3 options available:
·       Case Studies
·       Workshops
·       Posters

Deadline: Friday, 17th October 2014
The Committee will review all submissions by the end of October and will be in touch with everyone who has made a submission in early November.

The broad theme of the conference is collaboration and what it means for librarians today. We are welcoming submissions that address any of the following ideas:
·       Collaboration in libraries
·       Collaboration and joint initiatives between libraries
·       Collaboration between librarians and professionals in other sectors
·       Innovative projects involving collaboration, crowd-sourcing or community outreach
·       The “embedded” librarian
·       The outreach librarian
·       New job titles for librarians
·       Librarian as Futurist
·       Librarian as Facilitator
·       Communication skills for collaboration
·       Presentation and marketing skills for librarians
·       The collaborative power of social media tools
·       The changing role of the librarian in the community
·       Makerspaces in libraries
·       Continuing professional development

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and all submissions that relate to “The Inside Out Library: Collaboration, Inspiration, Transformation” are welcome.

Please fill in the submission form including abstract of no more than 300 words here 
·     Please address all submissions to Eva Hornung and email to  with Submission for 2015 Conference in the subject line.

·    Specific questions related to the poster session should be sent directly to Eva Hornung 

·    Informal enquiries can be made by email to the Conference Project Manager: Marie Cullen 
More details on the conference blog