2018 K&IM Awards winners announced!
The winners of the prestigious K&IM Awards for 2018 have been announced, ahead of the FREE K&IM Awards presentation evening on 12 December.
K&IM Walford Award 2018 winner:
Sue Lacey Bryant BA Hons Dip Lib, MSc FCLIP
Sue Lacey-Bryant is the Topol Review Programme Manager at Health Education England where she is progressing an independent Review of the impact of new technologies on the NHS.
What are the implications for education and training? As Senior Advisor, Knowledge for Healthcare, HEE, she leads the implementation of this strategy for the development of NHS funded health libraries in England as a business-critical resource. An inspiring forward thinker, an advocate for our profession and a practitioner’s practitioner.
K&IM Information Resources Award 2018 Electronic section winner:
Produced by the US National Library of Medicine, it is registry and results database of publicly and privately supported medical clinical research studies conducted in the United States and around the world. A unique resource from reputable authority. As it is aimed at not only practitioners in the field but also at patients and families, the guidance on searching through what is a complex resource is particularly helpful.
K&IM Information Resources Award 2018 Print section winner:
The Emerald Handbook of Modern Information Management
Edited by James Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein this is an impressive and authoritative book of considerable significance and practical use for anyone working in the information management field today.
It is wide-ranging, covering all types of library and information unit and discusses every conceivable issue that might arise within those environments.
K&IM Knowledge and Information Award 2018 winner:
As a comparatively new field, the evidence for what KM techniques works effectively is constantly evolving. Unfortunately, KM practitioners often find it difficult to keep up to date with the findings of new research in KM and related disciplines such as communications, marketing, psychology, biology, sociology, and management research.
RealKM Magazine aims to close that gap, bringing managers and KM practitioners the findings of high-value knowledge management research through concise, practically-oriented articles.
UKeiG & K&IM Information Manager of the Year Award 2018 winner:
Virginia Power, BSc. (Hons), MSc., M.Ed. PGCE, FHEA
Lecturer and PhD student in Information Science and Management, UWE Bristol (University of West England).
Virginia has been an information specialist for over 35 years working in a variety of library and information services settings including schools, FE, HE and the public sector. She has also been an Advisor and Consultant with JISC.
She has a particular interest in open educational resources, metadata, digitisation and preservation.
2017 K&IM Awards winners
The winners of the 2017 K&IM awards were announced in a special award ceremony at the group AGM on 8 November 2017.
The judges found it impossible to pick just one winner of the prestigious K&IM Walford Award for information professionals who have made an outstanding contribution to knowledge and information services. Valerie Nurcombe and David Gurteen were named joint winners of the award. Valerie has been instrumental in the world of official papers, having acted as Secretary and Treasurer of the Standing Committee on Official Publications (SCOOP) from its inception in 1971 up until the 1990s. Her expertise in the field has proved invaluable. David runs the successful and popular Gurteen Knowledge Communities, boasting more than 22,000 members in 160 countries. He is an independent knowledge management consultant, and is passionate about helping people share knowledge and work together.
The award ceremony also featured the winners in the K&IM Information Resources Award for print and electronic resources. This year’s winner in the print category was Martin Garrett’s A Romantics Chronology, 1780-1832. For the first time in the awards’ history, there was an equal number of entries in the e-resource category. This year the National Library of Scotland won for its Map Images website, which features thousands of high-resolution images of past and present maps from across the UK and further afield.
2017 K&IM Awards ceremony
Front Row: Valerie Nurcombe (Walford winner), Karen MacFarlane (CILIP Trustee & Chair of Board), Dr Joan Morgan (author Book of Pears),
Bethan Thomas (joint author of People and Places), Amanda Duffy (K&IM Committee member).
Back row: David Gurteen (Walford winner), Chris Fleetwood (National Library of Scotland – Map Images),Sara Gallagher (Global Terrorism Database),
Martin Garrett (Romantics Chronology, 1780-1832), Ayub Khan (CILIP President 2018), David Smith (Chair K&IM 2017).
Information Resources Awards 2017 – Print Category
A Romantics Chronology 1780-1832
In a A Romantics Chronology 1780-1832 events in the lives of leading figures in the romantic age are placed in their historical context. A month by month summary depicts milestones in the lives of major writers and other prominent personalities alongside significant political and cultural events. The emphasis is on major British authors such as Austen, Blake, Byron, Burns, Keats and Walter Scott. However, many lesser writers are also included as well as publishers, scientists, artists, composers and politicians. The coverage also includes many references to the Napoleaonic Wars and even the arrival of Stanford Raffles in Singapore in 1820 is mentioned.
A prodigious amount of research has gone into this book. The amount of detail in the pages is impressive, yet the entries are detailed, succinct, readable and fascinating. The scope and coverage are clearly explained, and the book is straightforward to use and find your way round. The ease with which information can be extracted makes this a particularly valuable reference tool (and an example to others). The three excellent indexes – author / name, title and subject – make retrieving information highly rewarding. There is a comprehensive and up-to-date set of references and details of relevant websites. This work is a tool to use, an excellent information resource.
The book comes in the Author Chronology Series of nearly 30 titles covering writers from Christopher Marlowe to Harold Pinter.
In the preface the author states that ‘one of the main purposes of a chronology is to reveal juxtaposition, connections and possibilities’. The end result is a panorama of one of the richest periods in British culture.
A Romantics Chronology, 1780-1832 by Martin Garrett, published by Palgrave Macmillan at £65 is the undisputed Winner of the 2017 Knowledge and Information Management Information Resources Awards.
The Book of Pears: the definitive history and guide to over 500 varieties
The Book of Pears: the definitive history and guide to over 500 varieties is a beautiful piece of modern book production, as well as being an ambitious and scholarly work. It covers the cultivation and use of the pear from ancient Assyria to the present day. There is an exhaustive and highly informative description of over 500 pear varieties with guidance on their identification and edibility. This is accompanied by a list of pear collections worldwide.
Throughout the book are over 40 detailed and very beautiful watercolours by the renowned botanical artist, Elizabeth Dowle.
The only problem we found with this work was the font size used for the index, it is far too small to be read comfortably – even by the younger members of the judging panel. It was the same with the references and bibliography, although this section was extremely comprehensive and up-to-date.
All that apart, this book shows an impressive breadth of knowledge and wide-ranging scholarship. Joan Morgan’s book on apples has become a standard work in the field of horticultural literature and this book will join it. There is an accompanying web site which contains photographs of all the 500 or so varieties.
A rich and deeply fascinating book, an indispensable work for historians, horticulturalists, gardeners and fruit lovers. The Book of Pears: the definitive history and guide to over 500 varieties by Dr Joan Morgan, published by Ebury Press at £45, or £15 for the Kindle edition, is Highly Commended in the 2017 Knowledge and Information Management Information Resources Awards.
People and Places – a 21st century atlas of the UK
People and Places – a 21st century atlas of the UK takes data from the 2011 census plus more recent statistical findings to identify national and local trends and show how much and how quickly the UK is changing. This is a social geography of the United Kingdom between 2001 and 2011.
There are seven broad subject chapters covering amongst other things occupation, families, religion, sex, age, marriage, homes and the community. The commentaries in each area are very insightful and readable and accompanied by helpful bar charts. The coverage is exhaustive and there is an astonishing amount of information here.
The many maps come in the format of population cartograms, i.e. the size of each administrative area is in direct proportion to its population. This is a very illuminating and informative, but the small size of the maps can make them difficult to read and where colours are used, hard to distinguish one from another.
Perhaps our major criticism of the book was the fact that there were no indexes; you must guess in which chapter a topic may be covered and then search through the pages.
However, the book is excellent value for money and its originality and the amount of information it contains makes it a title not to miss.
People and places: a 21st century atlas of the UK by Danny Dorling and Bethan Thomas, published by Policy Press at £22.99 is Commended in the 2017 Knowledge and Information Management Information Resources Awards.
Information Resources Awards 2017 – Electronic Category
National library of Scotland: Map Images
The National Library of Scotland has one of the ten largest map collections in the world with over 2 million maps, atlases, gazetteers and digital map databases. To everyone’s immense benefit the library is digitising the collection; so far there are more than 160,000 high resolution, zoomable images available.
As you might expect, the coverage for Scotland is considerable. There are maps covering the whole of Scotland from 1560 to 1928, Ordnance Survey maps from 1843 to 1960 at all scales, including over 17,000 25 inches to the mile sheets up to 1945, and large-scale maps of Scottish towns 1847-1885.
However, the coverage isn’t just Scotland; England and Wales have a strong showing. The collection of 25-inch Ordnance Survey maps for England and Wales from 1841 to 1952 has just been completed, the 1 inch seventh series (1952-6) is there and there are the 5 feet to the mile maps of London 1893-96.
Beyond the United Kingdom there are 130 Ordnance Survey trench maps from World War 1, the Tines Survey Atlas of the World 1920 edition - the list could go on and on. I haven’t mentioned coastal charts, military maps, Scottish Post Office maps and estate plans to name a few.
The whole collection can be searched by place name, as well as mapmaker. Georeferenced maps allow the original map to be overlaid on a modern map. You can zoom in on particular parts of a map and the image remains clear and precise. All of this is free and very user-friendly. Printouts, digital images and photocopies are available at very modest charges.
The collection available on the site is continually growing (as the list of recent additions illustrates), so there are more gems to come. Without doubt a most impressive and authoritative website. The National library of Scotland: Map Images http://maps.nls.uk/ is the Winner in the 2017 Knowledge and Information Management Information Electronic Resources Awards.
Global Terrorism Database
The Global Terrorism Database is an open-source searchable database of information on terrorist events around the world and is maintained at the University of Maryland. The site includes systematic data on terrorist incidents that have occurred anywhere in the world from 1970 to 2016. Over 170,000 terrorist attacks are described – bombings, assassinations and kidnappings – all kinds of attacks, not necessarily those that cause loss of life. The definition for inclusion is ‘threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain political, economic, religious or social gain through fear, coercion or intimidation’.
There is a sophisticated but easily useable advanced search available which allows a search by date, city, perpetrator group, fatalities, attack type, weapons or target – in fact up to 45 variables for each event. For each incident information is available on the date and location of the incident, the weapons used and nature of the target, the number of casualties, and when available, the group or individual responsible. Over 4 million news articles are cited. I searched on ‘Jo Cox’ by name and the entry came up quickly giving a 4-line description of what happened and then further details on what, how and who plus a list of incident sources, in this case the BBC, Turkish Daily and Reuters.
This is a truly international database and the major publicly available dataset covering the field. It is impressive for its detail, authority, neutrality and objectivity. The Global Terrorism Database https://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/ is Highly Commended in the 2017 Knowledge and Information Management Information Electronic Resources Awards.
RSPB Bird Identifier
The RSPB Bird Identifier is a very search-friendly site; you indicate what you know and based on each piece of information you give, the number of results is whittled down and thumbnail illustration appear to help you.
The search options are extremely practical. Instead of asking if the bird is 4 inches or 8 inches long, you are given 5 options to say whether it is, for example, smaller than a robin or between a black bird and pigeon. After this, sections cover place (5 choices), colour (11 options that can be combined), beak and behaviour. Once you get to an individual bird there are a couple of illustrations, a description, a distribution map, audio clips and a superb video.
This is a very straightforward site which although it has a limited interest, it is so well arranged and presented that the RSPB Bird Identifier https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-and-wildlife-guides/bird-identifier/ is Commended in the 2017 Knowledge and Information Management Information Electronic Resources Awards.
The Guide to American Birds
Across the Atlantic for another other bird site. The Guide to American Birds is part of the National Audubon Society website and describes over 1,000 species of birds in North America. Birds can be browsed by species or searched by name or species. Entries provide information on conservation status, scientific classification and habitat.
There is an extensive photo gallery for each bird (the bald eagle has 13 different pictures). The sound collection illustrates the various songs and calls; here there 10 examples alone for the American Robin. Very detailed maps show the range of each bird for over all of North America. There is a Bird Guide App for iPhone and Android, and information can be shared on Facebook, Twitter and email.
Not a site that will be very heavily used in the UK, but a site that shows what a website can and should offer, and once again it is free. The Guide to American Birds www.audubon.org/bird-guide is also Commended in the 2017 Knowledge and Information Management Information Electronic Resources Awards.
The Walford Award 2017
David Gurteen began life as a physicist and worked for many years for British Aerospace in the IT field. His time with Lotus Development introduced him to knowledge management (although he didn’t know it as such). He established his own consultancy in 1993 and quickly realised that the real issues around IT were about people - their behaviour, learning, and ways of working together effectively. From there he hasn’t really stopped, becoming a real champion for sharing knowledge and creating networks through the power of conversation and knowledge cafes. David is a model Knowledge Management practitioner, open minded, inclusive and willing to share learning with, as well as learn from, others. His modesty and enthusiasm for his subject are infectious.
Very few other people have made the sustained, generous, ever expanding and visible contribution to knowledge management globally that David has. He has been a tireless ambassador for KM, crossing professional boundaries in an understated and effective way and winning over sceptics and critics alike.
In appreciation of his openness, enthusiasm and objectivity in this growing area of professional information work, the Walford Award is presented to David Gurteen.
Image: Ayub Khan (CILIP President 2018) and David Gurteen at the 2017 K&IM Awards.
Valerie’s contribution to information work and resources takes two paths. Firstly, she has been the author of several essential works on information sources in architecture, building and above all official publications. And it is with official publications that Valerie’s second and truly major contribution lies.
From its inception in 1970, Valerie played an important part within Information Services Group. The Standing Committee on Official Publications (SCOOP) brings together users of official publications in all kinds of library, authors of official publications (mostly Parliament) and publishers of official publications. As long-term secretary of SCOOP, Valerie kept these groups talking to each other and resolving the many issues that arose (and still arise).
She also kept day-to-day practitioners in the field up-to-date and confident in their use and exploitation of official publications. Most of this was done through very successful day schools, meetings and seminars, all of which were delivered by senior people in the profession. These events were not only extremely popular (many had to be repeated and again), they were also very important in spreading the word about the vital importance of maintaining and promoting official publications collections. On top of this, these events were financially very profitable, and sales of the published proceedings spread the word even further.
Recognition of Valerie Nurcombe’s extensive and dedicated work is long overdue and the Knowledge and Information Management group is pleased to acknowledge this by presenting her with the Walford Award.
Image: One of Valerie Nurcombe’s essential works on information sources.
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