2014 John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG Award
Supporting innovation in library strategy: UKSG announces 2014 Merriman Award winner
UKSG, the organisation that connects the information community, is delighted to announce the 2014 winner of its annual John Merriman Award, set up in recognition of the founder of UKSG and NASIG (the North American Serials Interest Group). David Walters, Digital Assets Officer (Information Resources) from Kings College London, will receive funding from Award sponsor Taylor & Francis to attend the 2014 NASIG Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Meanwhile, NASIG has awarded its 2014 Merriman Award to Kathleen McGrath, Acquisitions Librarian, University of British Columbia, who will attend UKSG's Annual Conference in Harrogate.
The Award gives members of UKSG and its sibling organisation NASIG the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of issues affecting libraries, and the chance to explore innovative ideas for the strategic development of libraries. It is open to members of UKSG and NASIG, who are in a functional position within a library or information service, with direct responsibility for managing serials or e-resources, or direct contact with library users, supporting them in the use of serials or e-resources. Applicants were required to write a short paper on the topic 'What is the biggest challenge facing you in your current job and how, in an ideal world, would you address it?', and a paragraph describing what they hoped to achieve by attending the NASIG or UKSG conference. The successful UKSG recipient of the award agrees to work with UKSG to convert their entry into an editorial for UKSG eNews.
The Education Subcommittee of UKSG, which selects the winning applicant, used the following criteria in the decision-making process:
- Evidence that applicant can demonstrate innovation & initiative
- Evidence that attendance at the conference would facilitate networking and exchange of ideas
- Evidence that the applicant would be able to apply their knowledge in the workplace
- Evidence that the applicant would effectively disseminate ideas/knowledge gained from the conference
The judging panel reviewed 2 applications this year and it was a close-run competition; the judges were particularly impressed by David's response regarding innovation and initiative. On hearing of his success, David commented:
"The Merriman award is a fantastic opportunity and I'm delighted to be this year's recipient. I'm pleased to be representing my employer and colleagues, with whom I'll be sharing the experience on my return. I hope the NASIG and UKSG conferences will extend my knowledge and provide platforms for the exchange of ideas and scholarly communication. They offer a great chance to swap notes and experience with fellow professionals." David Walters, 2014 winner of the UKSG John Merriman Award
UKSG is grateful to its Merriman Award sponsor, Taylor & Francis, which makes a generous contribution toward the costs of travel, accommodation and associated expenses. Ian Bannerman, Managing Director at Taylor & Francis explains why the organisation sponsors the Award:
"The UKSG and NASIG conferences provide invaluable learning and networking opportunities for librarians, publishers and agents. The connections made at such events are essential in times of change, so I'm pleased that by sponsoring the Merriman Award, Taylor & Francis can help maintain vital links within our community." Ian Bannerman, Taylor & Francis