Winner of Elsevier/LIRG Award Announced

Birmingham, England, July 18, 2006 – David McMenemy, a Lecturer at Strathclyde University, was today announced the winner of this year’s Elsevier/Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) Award at Birmingham’s Central Library. Selected from a strong pool of submissions, Mr. McMenemy was awarded £1000 to apply to new research activities.

The purpose of this annual award is to encourage research and innovation in library and information science. Particular focus is on improving accessibility, retrievability and usefulness of information. The award may be used to defray research expenses, fund attendance at meetings, or a study tour.

Mr. McMenemy’s proposed project, “Open gateway or guarded fortress: variances in public library internet access in UK public libraries,” will commence in September with a results report submitted next summer. A sample group of libraries around the UK will be studied to examine consistency in the breadth and ease of access on the library’s internet. While there are national standards for traditional access to materials within libraries, no such standards exist for internet access. As such, Mr. McMenemy will study where there are information blocks and potential impacts upon people who do not have access to the internet outside of their public library.

Commenting on the award, Mr. McMenemy said, “I’m delighted to win. It can be so difficult to get funding and I very much appreciate this award from Elsevier and the LIRG. Working in public libraries, I saw the issues surrounding internet access firsthand. It’s fantastic for me to test my theories in this area, raise awareness of any issues, and hopefully move towards more broadly providing the information people really need.”

Presenting the award on behalf of Elsevier was Tony Roche, Publisher of Elsevier journals in library and information science (LIS). He commented, “Elsevier's business is based on good reports of good research, and librarians are our key partners in making sure this knowledge travels to where it is most needed. The LIRG Award brings together all these threads, and it is Elsevier's continuing pleasure to be involved in this way with encouraging the very best academic research in librarianship and information science.”

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About LIRG
The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) promotes the value of information research and links research with practice. The Group was formed in 1977 to bring together those interested in library and information research. In April 2003 it became a Special Interest Group of CILIP. LIRG aims to raise awareness of information research by:

• Increasing its profile and influencing its direction;
• Promoting the dissemination of sound research methodology and results;
• Assisting in the development of emerging researchers;
• Enabling networking between researchers.

The activities of the Group are co-ordinated by an elected committee of researchers, research students, lecturers and practitioners in the library and information profession. Visit http://www.cilip.org.uk/specialinterestgroups/bysubject/research for further information.

About CILIP
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers in the UK. It forms a community of around 35,000 people engaged in library and information work, of whom around 23,000 are CILIP members and around 12,000 are regular customers of CILIP Enterprises.

CILIP members work in all sectors, including business and industry, science and technology, further and higher education, schools, local and central government, the health service, the voluntary sector, national and public libraries. For more information about CILIP, please go to www.cilip.org.uk. About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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