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DIS team win Loughborough University Enterprise Award for research into solutions for hi-tech policing

April 30, 2012

Dr Tom Jackson, Dr Louise Cooke and Dr Rachel Lindsay have won the Loughborough University Enterprise Award for research into ways to realise the potential of mobile technology to make policing faster and more efficient. The project involved the selection and acceptance of Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) which allow officers to remotely access police systems thereby enabling officers to manage the time they spend in the community much more efficiently. Project Details. Award details.

Project details can be viewed at:

A write-up of the Awards Ceremony can be seen at:


Masterclass publishing series: 25 April (2-3pm), X401, Pilkington Building

April 24, 2012

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Sharjah Award for the Best PhD Thesis in Administrative Sciences in the Arab World

April 16, 2012

Congratulations from all in the Department of Information Science to Fahd for winning this prize!

H. H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and President of University of Sharjah today honored the winner of the Sharjah Award for the Best PhD Thesis in Administrative Sciences in the Arab World.

The winner, Dr. Fahd bin Mohammed bin Abdul Mohsen from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been chosen for his thesis entitled “The role of academic libraries in supporting distance education programs in Saudi higher education – Case Study”.

In his speech during the ceremony which was held at the University of Sharjah, Abdul Rahman bin Ali Al Jarwan, Advisor at the Sharjah Emiri Court and Chairman of the award’s Board of Trustees said that the award launched by H.H. the Ruler of Sharjah ten years ago formed a part of his distinctive cultural project.

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AHRC Doctoral (PhD) Studentships: Loughborough University – Department of Information Science

March 1, 2012

The Department of Information Science at Loughborough University is an active and highly regarded Department, which, since its creation in 1972, has established a national and international reputation in its field. The Department of Information Science is ranked as the top institution in the UK to study Library and Information Management with UCL (Times Good University Guide – June 2009). Excellence in teaching and research is also acknowledged by the award from the QAA of 24/24 and the RAE panel judgement that 85% of the Department’s research is at an international level. The staff are committed to being at the leading edge of the discipline and to providing a first class learning and teaching experience for all students.

Through the AHRC Block Grant Partnership scheme and matched funding from the School of Science, the Department is pleased to be able to offer 2 Doctoral (PhD) Studentships to successful UK and EU applicants (who have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years) beginning their studies in October 2012. Applicants should expect to have been awarded a postgraduate degree in a subject related to their research proposal by the start date. The Studentships include UK/EU fulltime tuition fees and an annual tax free stipend of £13590 (2011-12 rates). The award is subject to AHRC eligibility conditions – please refer to for further information.


The Department of Information Science will consider applications from all information science subject areas. However, it is particularly interested in applications in the following areas:

Information policy and law

Data, information and knowledge management in the local government sector

Copyright in the digital age

E-mail preservation and archiving

Book and publishing history

Gender and on-line communities

Discovery interfaces

Knowledge management in the third sector


It is expected that applicants will have at least an upper second class degree in a subject relevant to their research proposal.

How to Apply

You should apply online via: Please quote reference: AHRC/DIS when applying. Advice on the content of the research proposal can be found at:

Deadline for submission of full application (including research proposal): Monday 30th April 2012.

Enquiries about the application process can be made to Lynda Langton at or on 01509 223081. Informal enquiries about the research areas should, in the first instance, be directed to Dr Gillian Ragsdell at or on 01509 223082.

DIS research with Leicestershire Constabulary is nominated for Enterprise Award

March 1, 2012

Please support us by voting now! The project leads were Dr. Tom Jackson and Dr. Louise Cooke, and the Research Associate was former DIS PhD student, Dr. Rachael Lindsay.   voting is on the top right side.

Masters students win John Campbell Trust awards

February 28, 2012

Kimberley-rae Clarke and Toni Slee, both studying on our postgraduate Information and Library Management programme, have both received awards from the John Campbell Trust. Kimberley-rae has been awarded the prestigious Scholarship to support her Masters studies. The Trust decided to support Toni’s application for a  dissertation bursary for her research on the impact of devolution on library services in the constituent parts of the United Kingdom. Well done both.

The John Campbell Trust (Registered Charity No 802262) is an independent charitable. Its purpose is to further the education and development of information professionals through grants, scholarships, research or travel awards, and thereby to enhance the knowledge and experience of the information community as a whole.

Dr Janet Harrison in Ireland

February 14, 2012


Leo Kearns and Janet Harrison

Leo Kearns and Janet Harrison

Irish Health Libraries: new directions (report launched on 26 January 2012).

The report of an important study, undertaken by LISU and Dr Janet Harrison of the Department of Information Science, has been launched by Leo Kearns, CEO of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, at a reception hosted by the Dublin Dental Hospital.

The study explored the status of health libraries and librarianship in Ireland, and made recommendations for the future development of the sector. For more information, and to download the report, please see:

Also from Irish Medical Independent: