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Sven Fund, Managing Director of De Gruyter Saur
Jennefer Nicholson, IFLA Secretary General

Invite submissions of papers for the
De Gruyter Saur / IFLA Research Paper Award 2011

This is an annual award for the best research paper on a topic of importance to publishing and access to information.

This year’s topic is "Use and Users of Digital Libraries"

with subthemes:

  • access to digital information
  • user behaviour in digital libraries
  • improving interactivity in digital libraries using web 2.0 technologies
  • reaching out to the wider community through digital libraries

The award is aimed at encouraging research and publication by those relatively new to the profession. Those with no more than eight years of professional experience in library and information services are eligible.

The award is an amount of EUR 1,000 (one thousand Euros)

The selected paper must have been written no earlier than January 2010 and not yet to have been published. The paper’s maximum length should be approx. 5,000 words and should be submitted in English.

The selection panel for the award comprises two IFLA members and the IFLA Professional Programmes Director. All applicants will be required to give De Gruyter Saur the right to publish their submitted paper.

Both IFLA and De Gruyter Saur will announce and further publicise the award via their websites, relevant mailing lists, journals and newsletters, press conferences, news releases etc.

The recipient of the award will be announced at the IFLA President’s Lunch during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Puerto Rico, August 2011. If the recipient is attending this Congress s/he will also be invited to the President’s Lunch.

Papers, accompanied by the completed application form, must be submitted by 31 March 2011. Incomplete application forms will not be considered and the decisions of the jury are final.

Download the application form:

  • [DOC]
  • [PDF]