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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 a senior lecturer and information specialist with expertise in evidence based practice and evidence based library and information practice. Alison is also HLG Observer.

Based within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Salford, her research and research interests cover systematic reviews and systematic review methodology, information literacy, information skills training, the evaluation of library and information services, and effective literature searching.

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.

Kath Wright - Treasurer

Kath Wright is the Information Service Manager at the Centre for Reviews & Dissemination at the University of York where she has worked since 1997.

Her research interests include information retrieval for systematic reviews and health technology assessments as well as information skills training. Before working at CRD, Kath worked in both academic and special libraries.

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 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.

Simon Wakeling - LIR Editor

Simon is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher on the AHRC funded project 'Open Access Mega-Journals and the Future of Scholarly Communication'. The project explores the emerging mega-journal phenomenon through a series of research phases, including a bibliometric study, interviews with publishers, focus groups with academics and a large scale survey. 

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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