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The Library and Information Research Group currently offer 3 awards:

  • LIS practitioner researcher award - new prize launched at CILIP conference 2016.
  • LIRG student award – annual prize for the best dissertation.
  • LIRG research award – biannual prize to undertake a research project.
  • LIRG scan  – irregular funding for a “scan” or literature review of a hot topic in the LIS sector.


LIS Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award

The Library and Information Science practitioner researcher excellence award worth £500 will be presented in October 2016 at a New Professionals Day event either to an individual or a team that has made a substantial contribution to LIS research in 2015-16. This new award is building on the work of the LIS Research Coalition which had a particular interest in supporting practising librarians and information scientists, both in how they can access and exploit available research in their work, and in their own development as practitioner researchers.

Nominations should take the form of a 500-word statement that demonstrates the research excellence and impact of the candidate (or candidate team) and provides evidence of their research output (e.g. references or links to published articles, links to blogs, conference papers or presentations on SlideShare).

Nominators should be from the UK or be members of CILIP. 
Nominees must be CILIP members and at least one member of the candidate team should be a CILIP member. Self-nomination is not permitted.


LIRG Student Award

The Library and Information Research Group invites nominations for this year's LIRG student award. The award is typically given in recognition of an outstanding research-based Postgraduate dissertation or a final year Undergraduate project. Each type will be given appropriate consideration. Every Department of Library and Information Studies is encouraged to nominate one of their students' projects.

2017 Winner: Awarded to Rob Challis for a dissertation entitled “The academic information seeking behaviours of Law undergraduates”. Rob was a student at the Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies at the University of Western England (UWE) in Bristol. LIRG would like to offer congratulations to Rob and his supervisor.

The panel would also like to commend Lynsey Shenton from Sheffield University on her dissertation entitled “Perceptions of journal prestige in library and information science: A comparative analysis”.

The dissertations submitted for the award were of an exceptionally high standard. All were well executed rigorous projects covering a wide range of subjects and utilising a range of interesting methods. All were of professional relevance, but Rob’s was selected as the winner due to its strong applicability to library practice.

2014 winner: Jessica Elmore, University of Sheffield

2013 winner: The LIRG student prize for 2013 has been awarded to Mary Davies for her dissertation entitled, A study of post-primary teacher and librarian collaboration in Northern Ireland, submitted to the MSc in Library and Information Management, School of Education, University of Ulster. Congratulations to Mary.

2012 winner: Timothy Lowe, Northumbria University.

2011 winner: Thomas Muggleton, Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Strathclyde University.


LIRG Research Award

The LIRG research award is intended 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.

LIRG research award winners:

2014 winner: Penny Andrews an independent researcher as well as working at Leeds Beckett University.

2011 winners: Hannah Rose and Gillian Siddall, both academic librarians at the University of Northampton.


LIRG Scan Award

The LIRG scan is not intended to be an annual award, but rather a special means to address an urgent current issue in library and information science, by acting as a summary of relevant research. It is not intended to generate new research, but rather to collect, analyse and present existing research in a report for application by practitioners. This research will then be used to inform LIRG and CILIP policy.

The Scan is an award which responds to an "urgent" question, in 2012/13, the question was "What do LIS practitioners want from research?"

The paper from the 2012/13 scan award was published in the December 2013 edition of LIR. It provides an excellent summary of “What do LIS practitioners want from research” and the full paper will be published on LIRG website later in the year.

LIRG scan winners

2012/13: Helen Buckley Woods and Andrew Booth, Information Resources at Scharr, University of Sheffield. The paper summarising this research was published in the December 2013 issue of Library and Information Research journal.


RIWA Award

Applications are now closed for the Research in the Workplace Award 2014. Research in the Workplace Award is sponsored by HLG, UHMLG, LfN, LIRG and BMA Library.



LIRG has offered free places to CILIP Conferences.

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