Monday, May 18, 2015

Joint JIBS/EDUSERV event - “Get it sorted…positive approaches to non-standard access” – the challenges of licence agreements, mobile devices and eResources

The JIBS User Group and EDUSERV are pleased to announce a joint event to be held on Monday 13th July 2015 at Brettenham House, Lancaster Place, London, WC2E 7EN.

The event intends to looks at licence agreements and mobile devices and the challenges surrounding these areas and eResources. 

More details and the booking form are availabe at:

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Next JIBS event - Technology will not defeat us: offering a great service in difficult times - Thursday 26th February 2015

The JIBS User Group are pleased to announce their next event and AGM will be held on Thursday 26th February 2015 at the
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, 75 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3DH.

The day will have a mix of speakers from a variety of backgrounds, and promises to engage and involve delegates in the current and future technological issues facing academic and research libraries.
More details and the booking form are available at:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Next JIBS event - Technology will not defeat us: offering a good service in difficult times

The next JIBS event (including our AGM) will be held on Thursday 26th February at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
Details of the event (so far) are available at:
More details of speakers and how to book will appear soon.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Slides from latest JIBS event available

The slides from our recent event, Make do and mend: alternative routes to information, are now available via the JIBS website:

Friday, June 20, 2014

NEXT EVENT : Make do and mend: alternative routes to information - Tuesday 22nd July 2014 - London

Where do you do your research? Where do you find reliable information sources?

Should we be using the library catalogue, discovery services, open resources, or even Wikipedia? Join us to hear about some unusual approaches to finding content, alongside some we are more familiar with.

JIBS User Group is pleased to announce that booking is now open for this event:

Tuesday 22nd July 2014 10am registration for a 10.30 am start. Close by 4pm.

Room B35
University of London
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HX
Proposed Programme:

10:00 - registration and refreshments

10:30 - Welcome and housekeeping,

10:35 - Keynote speaker: Professor Frank Rennie, Assistant Principal (Research, Enterprise, and Development), University of the Highlands and Islands.

11:15 - Bianca Kramer, Vakspecialist Beta , Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht ‘The Utrecht Approach’

11:45 - Andrew Gray, Library, British Antarctic Survey and Wikimedian in residence, British Library

12:15 - Lunch

13:15 - Diane Thomas, WOS - WOS and working with Google Scholar

13:45 - Intota: Phill Hall, Senior Sales Specialist, ProQuest Workflow Solutions

14:15 - EDS, Clive Wright Ebsco Director of Discovery Innovation

14:50 - Tea

15:10 - Panel discussion with speakers

15:45 - Closing remarks

16:00 - close

To book and to see the full programme please visit the JIBS website:

Please contact Fiona Bowtell with any queries.<>

*Please note that JIBS member institutions may send one free delegate and have additional places at a rate of £50 per delegate.

Non-members will be charged at our standard rate of £150 per person.

Any cancellations must be received by Wednesday 16th July. Booked places not cancelled by this date will be invoiced at the relevant rate.

Monday, June 24, 2013

2013 JIBS Student Prize

The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) and the JIBS User Group JIBS) each award a student prize each year for an outstanding research-based project.

Both prizes will be for a Postgraduate dissertation or a final year Undergraduate project. The LIRG student prize will be awarded for a research based project on any LIS topic. The JIBS student prize will be restricted to the area of library information systems, bibliographic databases or other electronic technologies and how such resources or technologies are being developed or exploited; practical projects that exploit such technologies may also be submitted. Please note that the same project may not win both prizes.

Each School of Library and Information Studies is invited to nominate one of their student's projects for each prize. A student project may be submitted for both prizes but no single project will be given both prizes The closing date for submission is Monday 29th July 2013

Further details on the prizes and how to submit are now available:-
LIRG Prize:

JIBS Prize:
JIBS offers the award of £300 each year. The JIBS award goes to a work that focuses on the area of library information systems, bibliographic databases or other resource discovery technologies and how such resources or technologies are being developed or exploited, while LIRG offers their prize to promote a greater awareness amongst students of the importance of research and to facilitate the dissemination of the results of outstanding projects.

JIBS/LIRG STUDENT PRIZE: Procedures and Conditions
1. Prizes will be awarded to students completing courses leading to a first professional qualification recognised by CILIP in Schools/Departments of Library and Information Studies.

2. The value of the award is £300.

3. The work of one student may be submitted by each of the Schools/Departments of Library and Information Studies with a short (no more than 200/300 word) supporting recommendation.

4. The closing date for submission is Monday 29th July 2013. Work completed and assessed in the past twelve months is eligible.

5. Projects to be submitted shall be ones completed as part of normal course requirements in a course leading to a first professional qualification and shall be of the level which might be called "dissertation", "major project", etc.

6. Research is to be interpreted broadly but must include some original work.

7. A Panel will be appointed by the Library and Information Research Group to judge entries and award prizes. The Panel's decision will be final. The Panel will publish a general summary of the strengths and weaknesses of entries in order to encourage the quality of student research.

8. The Library and Information Research Group/JIBS will from time to time publish a set of criteria for the judging of entries.

9. Prize winners shall agree to:

9.1. Give a short presentation on their projects at the JIBS AGM (usually held in February), when the prizes will be awarded;

9.2. Allow the JIBS committee to post a copy the work on their webpages.

11. Applicants should be residents of the UK or Ireland.

12. Applications should be sent by email or on a CD.

Applications and enquiries should be sent by email, to:

Julie Hamley
JIBS Student Prize Committee
Telephone: 0117 3282401

Judging Criteria
1. Quality and design of research
a. Have the objectives been clearly stated?
b. Have the objectives been met?
c. Is the background information sufficiently explanatory?
d. Is the literature search thorough and analytical?
e. Are the topic and the problems associated with it, clearly explained and understood?
f. Have relevant ethical issues been identified and addressed?
g. Is the methodology (including and statistical techniques used):
i. Appropriate?
ii. Understood?
iii. Correctly applied?
h. Has the proposition been well argued?
i. Are the conclusions consistent with the findings?
2. Quality of Presentation
a. Is the report well presented in terms of:
i. Clarity
ii. Layout
iii. Readability?
b. Is good use made of:
i. Diagrams
ii. Supporting illustrations?
3. Originality - does the work show evidence of originality
4. Other Comments
5. Is the work:
a. Of professional relevance
b. Applicable to Practice