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Student Award

LIRG awards an annual student prize for an outstanding research-based project on any LIS topic. LIRG offers the prize to promote a greater awareness amongst students of the importance of research and to facilitate the dissemination of the results of outstanding projects. Entries are usually extremely high quality and very interesting to read, covering a diverse range of topics and utilising an increasingly wide range of research methods.

Nominations are now invited for the 2020 award. Typical entries would be a Postgraduate dissertation or a final year Undergraduate project undertaken at a UK-based H.E. institution. Every UK Department of Library and Information Studies is encouraged to nominate one of their students' projects. For nominations to be eligible, the dissertation or project should have been submitted between October 2018 and September 2019.

The Award is for £300 and a short paper based on the winning dissertation will appear in a future issue of our journal, Library and Information Research (LIR).

The closing date for submission is Friday 24 January 2020. Nominations and informal enquiries should be emailed to Please include a copy of the final project alongside a brief explanation (no more than 300 words) of why you are nominating this individual.

LIRG Student Award winners:

2017 winner: Rob Challis, UWE Bristol, for his Masters dissertation on The academic information-seeking behaviours of Law undergraduates: a study at the University of Bristol


LIS Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award

The Library and Information Science (LIS) Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award aims to recognise either an individual or team working to deliver a library or information service who has made a substantial contribution to LIS research.

This award has built upon 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.

LIS Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award winners:

2016 winner: Leo Appleton, now Director of Library Services at Goldsmiths University of London, for the potential impact of his research on LIS practice on a national and international as well as at a local level.


Research Award

The LIRG research award is intended to encourage research and innovation in library and information science. We are currently seeking organisations willing to co-sponsor this award. Please contact the LIRG committee for more information.



CILIP Conference LIRG Bursary 2019

The CILIP Conference (3-4 July, Manchester) is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated events in the library and information sector and we can offer one full delegate place with one night’s accommodation as a bursary place.

CILIP Conference brings together around 500 professionals from across the sector to share experiences, knowledge and expertise. The keynote speakers include Liz Jolly, Patrick Lambe and Kriti Sharma. The programme is being finalised but you can see an outline of the session content at Keep up to date by following @CILIPConf19

LIRG will have a stand in the exhibition hall, so remember to come and say hello, find out about our event schedule and see you can get involved with our projects.

To submit your application for the bursary place, please email a 100 word statement to supporting why you should be selected to attend on behalf of LIRG. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have never been to the CILIP Conference before, and who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to go.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19th April.

The winning statement will be selected from a panel of Committee members. The winner will be expected to attend both days of the conference and either engage with the conference through social media and/or write a blog post for the LIRG blog.

Alternatively, early bird discounts are available until 17 May and you can book these directly on the website. Remember to log in to the CILIP website before booking so that it recognises your membership status and offers you the correct delegate rate.

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