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The UKeiG and KIMG special interest groups of CILIP are proud to invite nominations by October 1st for this year’s Information Manager of the Year Award.

The award will be presented to the person who, in the opinion of the judges, has made the greatest contribution to information management or is the year's best exemplar of an information manager.

Information Management is a key factor in the development of the UK economy, in which library and information professionals can, should and must play a vital role. It is to recognise and encourage this essential contribution that UKeiG, the CILIP Special Interest Group for promoting the effective exploitation and management of information tools, resources and technologies, with a particular focus on innovation created this Award in 2015. 


K&IM, the CILIP Special Interest Group representing, supporting, and championing knowledge and information management professionals are delighted to join with UKeIG in offering this as a joint award starting in 2018.


Call for Nominations

For the 2018 UKeIG and K&IM Information Manager of the Year Award, judges will be looking for the person who has made a significant contribution to the discipline through their work and professionalism by meeting one of the following criteria: 

  • excellence in the use of Information Management techniques throughout the workplace
  • raising the awareness by example of information management within the workplace and the profession
  • a major contribution to the theory and practice of information management

Nominations are asked to include a short descriptive statement demonstrating how the nominee has excelled. The most successful applications will be those providing clear documentary support or evidence of the achievement.


A panel of judges will assess the nominations, which should be sent to by 5 pm BST on 1 October 2018.


Welcome to Volume 15 issues 1-2 2018 of UKeiG’s journal eLucidate.

In this issue, Karen Blakeman laments the dumbing down of the search functionality of Google and rally cries that now is the time to consider alternative search tools.  

Andrew Cox reflects on the growing importance of data in the work of academic librarians and information professionals and David Ball builds on this theme with an exposition of the emergence of Open Science and Open Data with an overview of their rationale and potential.  

Martin White emphasises the relevance of academic research on the success of enterprise search projects, introducing us to concepts like “information scent” along the way. If you have responsibility for search management in your organisation, Martin’s article is a must read.

Marlize Palmer O.B.E, UKeiG’s Information Manager of the Year (2016) and James Dawes-Hughes explore the role a Library Management System can play in the archiving and preservation of tweets. Twitter has a huge role to play in research, linking information from a variety of sources including emails and Word documents.

You'll also find our regular online resources update and an insight into the rationale behind Internet Librarian International’s upcoming twentieth birthday conference.

This issue concludes with a celebration of our prestigious Strix Award as we prepare for the 2018 Annual Memorial Lecture in London on Friday 23rdNovember 2018. We hope to see you there. Until then, enjoy this issue and please give us your feedback and join us in discussions on our Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts.



Internet Librarian International (ILI) 2018 will take place at Olympia, London on the 16th – 17th October, with workshops on the 15th October. UKeiG members benefit from a 25% discount on the full conference fee. Simply email to request the UKeiG discount code.

The conference looks to the future on its 20th birthday. Katherine Allen, Business Development Director, Information Today writes: 'When the conference began in 1999, the first dot com bubble was in full swing and sci-fi film The Matrix was released – but few could have predicted the incredible pace of change in information sharing and seeking behaviours that was to come. Back then, it was a novelty to be able to buy mobile phones in supermarkets, and SMS texting was just taking off. Google and Amazon were established, but not yet the global behemoths they are today. YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia, smart phones and tablets were several years away and open access was yet to become a reality. In putting together this year’s conference programme, we’ve been mindful of this incredible pace of change – but the conference theme “Celebrating innovative libraries and info professionals” looks to the future, by sharing the many ways in which libraries and information professionals from all sectors are creating ground-breaking and imaginative services that deliver real impact.'

Aside from high profile keynote speakers, six tracks highlight new roles, new skills, new tools, and changing services. This year for the first time, ILI offers a track called “Inclusion and inspiration: libraries making a difference” and the important theme of inclusivity, diversity and equality features throughout the conference. Tech-led innovations feature throughout, and delegates can move freely between any of the six tracks:

  • Future focus: the next-gen library, the next-gen librarian
  • Understanding users, usage and UX
  • Inclusion and inspiration: libraries making a difference
  • Content, collections, collaborations
  • Magical marketing
  • New scholarly communications


Internet Librarian International 2018

The Library Innovation Conference 16th & 17th October 2018, Workshops on 15th October 2018 Olympia, London

ILI is co-located with Taxonomy Boot Camp London, now in its third year:

Further information from organisers, Information Today: E:

Email to request your UKeiG discount code. 


UKeiG is calling for nominations for its second major award - the Jason Farradane Award.

Given in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the information profession, the Award honours Jason Farradane who made an impact with a paper on the scientific approach to documentation at a Royal Society Scientific Information Conference in 1948 and was instrumental in establishing the Institute of Information Scientists in 1958 as well as the first academic courses in information science in 1963 at the precursor of City University, where he became Director of the Centre for Information Science in 1966.  

The nomination could highlight achievements such as raising the profile of the information profession within an organisation or field of endeavour in a way which has become an exemplar to others or simply raising the awareness of the value of information in the workplace; demonstrating excellence in education and teaching in information science; or making a major contribution to the theory and practice of information science.  

Nominations should reach UKeiG no later than Friday September 21st 2018. Full details of where to email your nomination and of the information which you should include in the nomination are given in the full call.



The UK electronic information Group (UKeiG) is now seeking 2018 nominations for this prestigious award.

The Tony Kent Strix Award was inaugurated in 1998 by the Institute of Information Scientists. It is now presented by 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). 

The Award is given in recognition of an outstanding practical innovation or achievement in the field of information retrieval in its widest sense, including search and data mining, for example. This could take the form of an application or service, or an overall appreciation of past achievements from which significant advances have emanated. The award is open to individuals or groups from anywhere in the world. 

The deadline for nominations is Friday 28th September.

Read more on how to submit your nomination.


You may also wish to book your place to attend the 4th Tony Kent Strix Annual Memorial Lecture 2018. This year the Lecture is on 23 November, at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD and is presented by last year's winner of the Tony Kent Strix Award, professor Marteen de Rijke. 

The event is free and open to everyone, but bookings are required.


UKeIG is pleased to announce its range of CPD courses for summer/autumn 2018.
All UKeIG courses are listed on our Continuing Professional Development page, where we provide handy links to full details. Make sure you check it on a regular basis!


This course will provide an introduction to the design of search user experiences with a focus on the fundamental principles of faceted search and navigation and is particularly suited to Intranet/web managers, information architects, search specialists, developers and managers of search projects, or anyone who either has implemented or is planning to implement a search application and wants to maximise the usability and effectiveness of their investment. 

Due to demand UKeiG is pleased to announce that the one-day course on Better Social Media For Libraries: Twitter, Blogs & Instagram will be repeated later this year on 12 October, At CILIP HQ. Social Media provides essential marketing, communications and networking opportunities in today’s digital workplace, but what can you do to elevate your library or information service to a higher level of stakeholder engagement? This course is ideal if you are reaching a social media plateau and want to take your organisation’s use of social media to the next level.

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