Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MU Library/NRAL Academic Writing Award

The Maynooth University Library/New Review of Academic Librarianship
Award for Academic Writing sponsored by Taylor and Francis aims
to support the publication of an Irish academic library paper.

The New Review of Academic Librarianship (NRAL) is an international journal that has been
published for over 20 years and covers all aspects of academic librarianship. This year, I am the Guest Editor for the themed issue which will be launched at Maynooth University on 20 October 2016. This will coincide with the publishing of an online special “Irish” NRAL issue that will bring together papers written in the journal by Irish authors.

In order to celebrate these exciting developments, NRAL, MU and Taylor and Francis will award a prize open to Irish librarians to apply for producing an outline of a paper/ article that will be published in NRAL.

The objective of this award is to encourage Irish librarians and those undertaking studies in
librarianship and related subjects to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.
Entries are welcome from Irish librarians and Irish students undertaking courses in librarianship who
wish to see their work published in New Review of Academic Librarianship.
Proposals must be between 300 and 500 words and may be on any topic of relevance to academic
librarianship. Proposals must include:
 Title
 Brief introduction
 Brief description of methodology
 Results
 Conclusion
A Judging Panel with representation from NRAL, MU and Taylor and Francis will be set up to consider the submissions. The Judging Panel will be seeking proposals that are grounded in research/
evidence/ wider context. For more information about NRAL see
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/racl20/current. An announcement will be made about the winner at the 20 October launch.

Proposals will be looked at in terms of their:
 Relevance to scholarly communication and academic librarianship
 Clarity, coherence and organization of proposal
 Originality and innovation of the work
The author of the winning proposal will receive engraved crystalware and a book token to the value of $50. They will also receive mentoring to help them write their paper for publication in New Review of Academic Librarianship. It is expected that a completed article of approximately 5,000 words will be submitted by June 2017.
Due date
Proposals must be received, via e-mail, to Helen Fallon by 30 September 2016,
helen.b.fallon@nuim.ie (telephone number - (01) 7083880 . Please include a short biography.
If you have any queries, please contact me.

Helen Fallon
Deputy University Librarian
Maynooth University

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