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 global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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