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LIRG Committee

The Committee are responsible for organising events, administering LIRG awards and bursaries, overseeing the production of the Group's monthly email bulletin and pursuing activities which will further LIRG's aims.

LIRG Committee meet 3 times a year, much of the business is handled between meetings via an electronic mailing list for committee members.

We encourage active participation from our members and we welcome nominations for the Committee. The Group pays travelling expenses within the UK to attend the meetings if these cannot be reclaimed from elsewhere.

Committee Vacancies

There are no vacancies currently but if you are interested in joining us and have a specific skill or expertise that you think the the committee would benefit from, then please get in touch with the LIRG Chair. 

Alison Brettle - Chair

Alison Brettle is Chair of the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) and a Professor in Health Information and Evidence Based Practice in the School of Health and Society at the University of Salford.

Her teaching and research interests include evidence based practice, the effectiveness and impact of library services and systematic reviews and systematic review methodology. Alison is still a library practitioner at heart, and began her career providing information support to clinicians and health researchers in health related research units.  After providing information support within Evidence Based Health Care, Alison became a champion of the Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) movement.  She has published widely in this area. She co-edited the book Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice with colleague Denise Koufogiannakis, which brings together and moves forward current thinking and practice in the EBLIP field, and co-authored a report for CILIP which brings together the latest evidence to demonstrate the value of trained library and information professionals. 
She is working with Knowledge for Health to develop resources to routinely collect impact data on health library services and CILIP to develop access to evidence based resources for the library profession. Prior to becoming LIRG Chair she has served various roles on the LIRG committee as well as serving in various editorial roles on the Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Journal, including Editor-in-Chief 2011-2014 and hosting the EBLIP6 conference in 2011.   She also serves on the International Programme Committee for the EBLIP, EAHIL, ISHIMR, and ASIS&T conferences and nationally is academic advisor on the Knowledge for Health (KfH), Quality and Impact Group. 

At the University of Salford, she is Director of the Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy (CARe) and was Director of Post Graduate Research (PGR) within the School of Health and Society for 6 years.  She has supervised multiple PhD students and also leads the post-graduate Evidence Based Practice Module within the School of Health and Society.


Diane Pennington - Hon Secretary & LIR Editorial Board Chair

Diane is Lecturer in Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde. She is also Social Media Manager for the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). She teaches classes in the organisation of knowledge and library technologies. Her research interests include representation and retrieval of non-text information as well as online health information.


Kirsty Thomson -Treasurer

Kirsty is the Academic Support and Liaison Librarian for Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where her role also includes responsibility for library services at the university’s International Centre for Island Technology in Orkney.

She has a MSc in Information Analysis from Robert Gordon University and an undergraduate degree in zoology.  Kirsty is a Chartered Librarian and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Her professional interests include support for distance learners, student inductions, and methods for making information literacy instruction more fun.


Anja Badock - Awards and Prizes Officer

Anja Badock is Disability and Enquiries Support Librarian at UWE Bristol Library Services. She graduated with an MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield and was awarded the West Riding County Library Annenberg Prize for outstanding performance in the field of public librarianship. Anja is particularly interested in promoting inclusive practice as well as ensuring research inspires practice.


Gillian Siddall - CPD Resource Officer

Gillian is part of the Events and Awards team. She is responsible for the LIRG content on the VLE. Gillian is an Academic Librarian at the University of Northampton, supporting students and staff in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society. She enjoys her busy role, learning from the students and staff at the University.

She graduated with an MA in Information and Library Management from Loughborough University. Gillian is also a chartered member of CILIP and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Fariba Bannerman - Social Media Officer

Fariba Bannerman is a Chartered Librarian who graduated with a MSc in Information and Library Management from Liverpool John Moores University in 2012. She has been working in a medical library since 2011 at a leading NHS Foundation Trust. As Social Media Officer, Fariba is part of the Marketing and External Communications Team. Driven and ardent about LIS practice, she is keen to continue pushing boundaries, actively committed to her work in information field and is engaged in research projects. Firmly believing in Gorman’s ‘Five New Laws of Librarianship’, she aspires to contribute to reinforcement of links between LIS researchers and LIS practitioners and support practising librarians and information scientists in research by assuming her role on LIRG committee. Some of her interests include: gym, sushi and socialising.


Alan Turner - PR & Communications Officer

Alan currently supports students and staff studying animation, film, photography and visual effects, at the Arts University Bournemouth. Helping to improve learning and teaching through creative applications of research skills and information literacy.

Alan studied Film, Television and Radio before specialising in Information Management at postgraduate level while working in both public and HE Libraries. A progressive librarian with experience in libraries, technology and learning. Always exploring creative ways to engage with Library communities and change assumptions about libraries, learning and research, whether through user engagement, marketing, design or teaching.


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