Monday, May 14, 2012

2012 JIBS Student Prize

The call for submissions for the 2012 JIBS prize is now open.
JIBS awards a student research prize each year for a research-based project. Typically it will be a Postgraduate dissertation or a final year Undergraduate project. Each type will be given appropriate consideration. Each School of Library and Information Studies is invited to nominate one of their students' projects for the award.
JIBS offers the award of £300 each year in conjunction with the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG). 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 29 June 2012. 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:
June Hedges
JIBS Student Prize Committee
Telephone: 020 7679 0106
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