22 March 2013: John Merriman Award winners announced

Supporting innovation in library strategy

UKSG, the organisation that connects the information community, is pleased to announce the 2013 winner of its annual John Merriman Award, set up in recognition of the founder of UKSG and NASIG (the North American Serials Interest Group). Anne Wilcox, Deputy Head of Cataloguing (A.M.)/Acquisitions (Periodicals) (P.M.), University of St Andrews, will receive funding from Award sponsor Taylor & Francis to attend the 2013 NASIG Conference in Buffalo, New York.  Meanwhile, NASIG has awarded its 2013 Merriman Award to Anjana Bhatt, University Librarian (Electronic Resources), Florida Gulf Coast University, who will attend UKSG’s Annual Conference in Bournemouth.

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 recipients of the award are required to write an article about their conference experiences for the UKSG journal, Insights, or the NASIG Newsletter.

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 and 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 eight applications and were unanimous in their decision; they were all impressed by Anne’s responses across the requirements.

"I am thrilled and honoured that you have chosen me as the 2013 recipient … I shall endeavour to be an excellent representative in Buffalo,” Anne Wilcox commented.

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. Budget cuts are making it harder for librarians to attend such events, particularly where overseas travel is involved, so I’m pleased that, by sponsoring the Merriman Award, Taylor & Francis can help maintain vital links within our community.”

For more information, please visit http://www.uksg.org/events/merrimanaward

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