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eLucidate 16(2) 2020 is now available on our new journal platform

UKeiG is proud to announce the launch of the latest issue of eLucidate (Volume 16, issue 2 2020) on a new web platform, using the Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems (OJS) hosted by the University of Alberta.

PKP is a multi-university initiative developing free open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an open source software application for managing and publishing scholarly articles and issues online. Originally developed and released by PKP in 2001 to improve access to research, it is a widely used open source international journal publishing platform.

In the first phase of our OJS project the entire sixteen year run of eLucidate, previously only available to readers as an entire issue PDF download, can now be searched and downloaded on an article by article basis. You can also register to receive notifications of new content and publications. Just click on the ‘Register’ button at the top-right of the eLucidate home page and tick the box: ‘Yes, I would like to be notified of new publications and announcements’ near the bottom of the screen. Authors are now able make online submissions to eLucidate. You will first need to register a user account with the journal and log in. Start the process by clicking on the ‘Register’ button at the top-right of the home page.

The second phase of the project will utilise OJS as a tool for managing UKeiG's editorial workflow. It offers some great features, including peer review. OJS is also integrated with scholarly publishing services including CrossrefORCiD, and DOAJ and is recommended by Google Scholar for ease of indexing and discoverability.

David Ball, Chair of UKeiG, welcomed the launch, saying 'this represents a major step forward for eLucidate, in terms of its continuation as a Diamond Open Access journal and of the discoverability and accessibility of its content. The comprehensive functionality of the OJS software will be of great benefit to readers, authors and the editorial team of eLucidate. We are most grateful to the University of Alberta for their support and hosting.'

Special thanks go to Sonya Betz and Emily Zheng from the University of Alberta Libraries team for patiently holding our hands throughout this project, and to UKeiG management committee member Ralph Samuels for his time, effort and oversight of the project.

The editor's note for Volume 16 (2) introduces all of the articles included in our latest issue


UKeiG sponsored Webinar - Advanced Commands for Effective Information Retrieval on Wed 22nd April

We are delighted to announce the third in a series of one-hour UKeiG webinars free to all UKeiG and CILIP members.
At 12.30 pm on Wednesday 22nd April 2020, Karen Blakeman will present an "Advanced Commands for Effective Information Retrieval."

The increasing use of AI by the search engines does not always generate better results. This presentation will look at the key commands that are needed to improve relevance, what is still available in the major search tools,  and how to use the commands for more effective information retrieval.

Karen Blakeman is an experienced online researcher and trainer. She provides training and consultancy on how to use the web and social media as research tools, and how to identify and assess the quality of resources. She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and also a freelance researcher, providing a range of services including due diligence. Past and present clients include academia, investment and financial services companies, organisations in the food industry, NHS trusts, trade/professional bodies, public libraries, and local and central governments.

The webinar, hosted in collaboration with CILIP as part of its popular Webinar Wednesdays initiative, is also open to non-members for £25 + VAT.

To book your place online please go to:

UKeiG and K&IM announce the 2019 Information Manager of the Year Award
CILIP Special Interest Groups the Knowledge and Information Management Group (K&IM) and the UK e-information Group (UKeiG), are delighted to announce that the joint winners of the 2019 Information Manager of the Year Award are Liz Hunwick, Library Services Manager and Sarah Lanney, Library Resources Manager at Basildon Healthcare Library, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Trust.

The award is given in recognition of a individuals who have made a significant contribution to the discipline of knowledge and information management through their work and professionalism. Their work raising awareness of the value and impact of knowledge and information management in their organisation was praised by the judging panel. 

The winning trophy and certificate will be presented at the K&IM awards ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 13th November 2019 5 pm to 8.15 pm. 

You can register to attend for free online at:

Becca Parrott, Clinical Outreach Librarian at Harlow Healthcare Library, Princess Alexandra Hospital nominated Liz and Sarah for the award: “When they took on the management of Harlow Healthcare Library as well as maintaining management of Basildon Healthcare Library; Liz and Sarah embarked on an epic journey modernising library services; revamping resources; training and recruiting library staff; rebranding and promoting library and information services to staff who were previously unaware that a library even existed.  They have both consistently gone above and beyond for their staff, service users, and our profession, and I am incredibly pleased they are being recognised for this. They’ve shown dedication, tenacity and endurance, combined with the strategic prowess required to align Harlow Healthcare Library  to national objectives (such as Knowledge for Healthcare and the NHS Library Quality Assurance Framework (LQAF), whilst identifying and meeting the needs of Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust staff and the goals of the executive team."

Andy Morris, Chief Medical Officer at the Trust, said: “Harlow Healthcare Library has grown into an effective library and knowledge service, supporting clinicians and managers in their work and underpinning the practice of evidence-based healthcare in the Trust. The HHL team deserve a big thank you for their hard work in raising the quality of the service, which benefits not only our staff, but in the long-term is a huge asset in the care of our patients.”

To attend the awards ceremony book here:

Programme in brief
5.00           Registration, networking, wine and nibbles 
5.45           Welcome, Denise Carter, Chair K&IM
5.50           David Stewart, CILIP President
6.00           Walford lecture by Sue Lacey Bryant – 2018 winner of the Walford Award
6.45           Awards presentation
7.30           Networking, wine and nibbles



Book Now: Tony Kent Strix Memorial Lecture 2019 - Free Event - London, Friday, 29th November

UKeiG would like to inform you that the 5th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2019 is to be delivered by Professor Pia Borlund, Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science at Oslo Metropolitan University and will take place on the afternoon of Friday, 29th November 2019 at The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.

This is a free event Book Here: 

Professor Borlund was nominated for the award by Diane H. Sonnenwald, Emerita Professor of Library & Information Studies at University College Dublin and received unanimous praise and support from the Strix judging panel. "Similar to the memorable Dr Tony Kent, the work by Borlund is original and innovative, and has had a significant impact on information retrieval (IR) research and applications. Her approaches are analytical and practical, and her devotion and dedication to users and interactive information retrieval (IIR) are outstanding. Within the IR community, Borlund is known for her innovative contributions to IR user studies, evaluations and test design, including strong, novel methodological contributions to IIR evaluation. In particular, she is recognised for the development of her IIR evaluation model which uniquely employs simulated work task situations. Borlund developed the IIR evaluation model as a doctoral student by taking up the challenges of the calls put forward by Professor Stephen Robertson (recipient of the first Tony Kent Strix Award in 1998) and Micheline Hancock-Beaulieu, in their iconic 1992 paper on IR systems evaluation."

The Award was presented by Doug Veal (Strix Chair) and David Ball (UKeiG Chair) and accepted by Dr Andrew Macfarlane on Professor Borlund’s behalf on the afternoon of Friday November 23rd, 2018 at the Geological Society, Piccadilly, London. "I’m very pleased and very, very honoured to receive the Tony Kent Strix Award. It’s a privilege to join the past recipients who I have admired and respected since I was a student."

For more information about Professor Borlund please refer to:

eLucidate 16 (1) 2019 is now available.

The UK einformation Group is pleased to announce the publication of Volume 16 issue 1 2019 of our journal eLucidate.

eLucidate is published three times per volume: around spring, summer and winter.

eLucidate features contributions from experts in the field, keeping members up to date with developments and innovations in the digital information industry, considering the impact on information professionals and consumers of e-information.

This issue contains a detailed report of UKeiG's Annual Members' Day on Artificial Intelligence. Martin White looks at whether Microsoft is inhibiting enterprise-wide IM. Stella Dextre Clarke has written a history of the Tony Kent Strix Memorial Lecture, and reflections of the recent CILIP Conference in Manchester.


UKeiG Members' Day and AGM - Friday 7th June 2019

We held our annual Members' Day and AGM which on Friday 7th June at CILIP HQ in London. The subject was Artificial Intelligence. The speakers were David Haynes (City University), Tony Russell-Rose (UX Labs) and Michael Upshall (UNSILO and ConsultMU). Below are links to the presentations given at the Members' Day

David Haynes - Is there a role for AI in information resource management 
Tony Russell Rose - Introduction to NLP
Michael Upshall - The new AI for publishing_ hype or game changer

You will find the minutes of last years' AGM and the official notification of the AGM here.


The UKeiG are delighted to announce that the winners of the two UKeiG bursary places for CILIP Conference 2019 are Natasha Chowdary and Stephen Furlong.

We had nine applications for the two bursaries and it was hard to choose the final two winners from the excellent applicants.

Natasha and Stephen can look forward to two days of a comprehensive programme that will appeal to professionals in all sectors, no matter what stage of career. There is still time for you to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount (ending 17 May) so that you can also experience the range of expert-led seminars and workshops. The content will encourage discussion, knowledge sharing and cross-sectoral learning, and provide delegates with the practical skills and knowledge to positively influence the future.

UKeiG 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.

UKeiG Early Career Award deadline - May 31st 2019/MA, MSc Bursaries/Other Funding Opportunities

The UKeiG, the UK electronic information Group, is committed to encouraging and championing excellence and innovation across the profession.

In support of the continuing professional development of library and information students and early career professionals UKeiG would like to:

*Remind you about the end of May deadline for the Early Career Award

*Update you on the range of UKeiG bursaries to encourage research, information exchange and best practice

These include:

*UKeiG Early Career Award: The UKeiG Early Career Award celebrates extraordinary and inspirational enterprise in early-career professionals who are members of CILIP. A prize of £1,000 and a trophy will be awarded. This years’ closing date is the 31st May 2019.

*MSc/MA Dissertation Bursaries: These bursaries provide an excellent opportunity for Library and Information Science MSc/MA students to present their postgraduate research at a conference and/or to publish an article highlighting their postgraduate research activity. UKeiG will award £250 to one student per relevant higher education institution to encourage this to happen.

*Student or Early Career Professional Conference Bursaries: UKeiG is offering five discretionary bursaries of £250 to support current library and information students or early-career professionals to attend a relevant conference.

*Study Visit Bursaries: UKeiG is keen to support collaborative working and the benchmarking of good practice by offering these five bursaries of £200 to support study visits by students or early career professionals.

For more information about UKeiG's awards and bursaries please visit our Awards & Bursaries page.

Tony Kent Strix Award 2018

The UK electronic information Group (UKeiG), in partnership with the International Society for Knowledge Organisation UK (ISKO UK), the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group (RSC CICAG) and the British Computer Society Information Retrieval Specialist Group (BCS IRSG), is delighted to announce that the winner of the prestigious Tony Kent Strix Memorial Award for 2018, in recognition of her contributions to the field of information retrieval, is Professor Pia Borlund (Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway).

The Award was presented by Doug Veal (Strix Chair) and David Ball (UKeiG Chair) and accepted by Dr Andrew MacFarlane on Professor Borlund’s behalf on the afternoon of Friday November 23rd2018, at the Geological Society, Piccadilly, London. Professor Borlund will present the next Strix Memorial Lecture on Friday November 29th, 2019 at the same venue.

For more information about Professor Pia Borlund see our Tony Strix Award 2018 page. 

The Tony Kent Strix Award was inaugurated in 1998 by the Institute of Information Scientists but is now administered by the UK electronic information Group (UKeIG). Read more about the Tony Kent Strix Award.

A call for nominations for next year will be issued early in 2019, and don’t forget to put the afternoon of Friday November 29, 2019 in your diary.

For more information about UKeIG or the Strix Award, please email Horrocks at

UKeiG is a Special Interest Group of CILIP: the library and information association

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