New Research4Life contest highlights library impact in developing world
Global competition calls for stories that show how collaboration between Research4Life and librarians supports research
The Research4Life partnership announced today a case study competition to recognize the role of librarians and library staff in building the research capacities of scientists, doctors and policymakers and helping to boost research output within their institutions.
Research4Life created this competition “in celebration of the work that librarians do and to facilitate the sharing of best practice.”
The competition aims to highlight the “dedication and capacity building of those who assist researchers in accessing and using vital information within their institutions.”
The contest runs from March 6 through April 27 , with online applications accepted through April 27 at 12 am GMT.
Submissions of library case studies will be reviewed by a committee of distinguished international librarians and trainers. The winner will be announced in June and invited as the first user to join the Research4Life Executive Council.
The prize includes an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Partners’ General Meeting in Rome, Italy in September 2103.
“From information literacy training to building infrastructure and concerted outreach, librarians are critical to building a healthy research culture in the developing world—and they are often the unsung heroes,” said Emily Gillingham, Chair of the Executive Council of Research4Life and Director of Library Relations at Wiley, in the press release. “We hope our competition will raise awareness about the essential role played by librarians across the developing world.”
The Research4Life Librarian Competition is open to all librarians and library staff whose institution is a registered user of one of the Research4Life programs:
Access to Research in Health (HINARI),
Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA),
Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE) and Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI ).
Eligible countries, areas, and territories are available on the Research4Life website.