Sponsored conference places for PhD students
Thanks to the generosity of three of the leading LIS recruitment firms – Glen Recruitment, TFPL and Sue Hill Recruitment – six sponsored places were made available at the LIS Research Coalition conference at the British Library Conference Centre on Monday 28th June 2010. These were for PhD students engaged in LIS research. Sponsorship covered the conference fee for each of the six students who won the award.
The successful students sourced funding from elsewhere to cover additional expenses such as travel, subsistence and accommodation (if necessary). Suggested funding sources included the students’ home institutions and support offered by professional bodies, for example UKeIG’s Student Conference Grant.
In exchange for the sponsored places, the award winners played an active role as members of the conference rapporteur team, with reporting duties assigned to them at the conference. There were opportunities for conference delegates to hear more about the students’ doctoral research studies (titles given below) at the event, both informally and in the One minute madness session.
As part of the application process the students were asked to demonstrate that they combine a keen interest in LIS research with an ability to grasp the key points of a discussion quickly so that they can synthesise points concisely in writing in order to communicate them effectively to a wider audience. Thus how students expressed themselves in their applications for the sponsored places was as important as their reasons for wishing to attend the conference itself.
The deadline for submissions was Friday 30th April 2010. Applications were judged by members of the conference planning committee in the week beginning 3rd May 2010, and winners announced as:
- Liz Brewster of the Department of Information Studies at the University of Sheffield, PhD title: Strategic aims and service user needs in bibliotherapy schemes in UK public libraries.
- Charlie Inskip of the Department of Information Science at City University, PhD title: Communicating meaning and meeting information need within the music industry.
- Charlie Mayor of the Department of Information Science at City University, PhD title: Objectivity and gene ontology: how do biologists working within the e-science paradigm classify theoretical entities?
- Liz Poirier of the Department of Information Science at City University, PhD title: Towards a theory of Slow Information: time, pleasure and consumption in theories of information behaviour.
- Hannah Spring of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at York St John University, PhD title: Barriers to, and priorities for, research development in health librarianship.
- Hui-Yun Sung of the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University, PhD title: Community engagement in public libraries.
In the week before the conference each of the students was profiled in a blog post on the Coalition web site.