Library commitment to real impact
Award status: Closed
Open: January 2024
This award recognises the efforts and commitment of those people working in libraries who are making a difference to the development of scholarly research.
Libraries are often at the heart of an institution and central to its academic mission. The many roles a library plays should not go unnoticed which is why we want to celebrate the methods, structures and practices that libraries are putting in place to help shine a light on the impactful research being carried out in their institution.
How are you supporting the teaching and research needs of your institution? Have you introduced innovative methods to ensure your library is actively contributing to the development of meaningful, impactful research? And if so, how are you making research outputs visible and accessible across the scholarly community and beyond?
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- Submission form questions
- Judging process
- Judging criteria
- 2021 award winner
- Other award categories
What do we mean by real impact?
Impact is the provable effects of research in the real world. It is the changes we can see (demonstrate, measure, capture), beyond academia (in society, economy, environment), which happen because of our research (caused by or contributed to).
Submission form questions
- The background
Briefly explain the role you or your team play within the library and why you are committed to making a difference to the development of scholarly research (max 200 words)
- The project
Outline what methods, structures or practices have been implemented and why to help shine a light on the impactful research being carried out at your institution (max 500 words)
- The implementation
Explain why your methods or practices are innovative and leading change (max 200 words)
The judging process for this award will be completed in two parts.
Stage 1 - All eligible entries will be shared with the allocated judges for this category and scored based on the criteria below. A shortlist of entries (finalists) will be decided based on the highest scores received. All judging is anonymous and only your written entry is shared with the judging panel.
Stage 2 – The finalists have the opportunity to provide further information and evidence based on the judge’s feedback. There will be a second judging session where all additional information and scorecard from the first round will be discussed and from this a winner and two highly commended entries will be decided.
Clarity: How clearly has the nominee(s) explained their commitment to making a difference to the development of scholarly research? * (10 points)
Focus: How well have the methods and practices implemented been explained? (Please consider how well the tangible benefits to the library and institution and/or development of scholarly research as a whole has been explained) * (20 points)
Innovation: How innovative are the methods being carried out by a library to contribute to the development of scholarly research? * (10 points)
*Submissions will also be judged on how clear the entries are written, and how engaging and free from jargon they are for a non-specialist audience.
One overall individual or team/institution winner plus two highly commended
Winner(s) will receive:
- Their impact commitment celebrated through a case study written by our specialist editors; each case study will form part of our Real Impact Awards Showcase publication, a copy of which will be provided to each winner and highly commended entry
- An invitation to a celebration event in 2023
- A certificate and physical award
- Inclusion in a global social campaign once the Showcase Book has been finalised, which will put the spotlight on each of the winner’s stories and their commitment to impact
Highly commended will receive:
- Their impact commitment celebrated through a case study written by our specialist editors; each case study will form part of our Real Impact Awards Showcase publication, a copy of which will be provided to each winner and highly commended
- A certificate
- Additional publicity across global Emerald marketing channels
2021 highly commended entry
Phuntsho Norbu, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan
Phuntsho Norbu is a faculty member and head of the central library at Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan. The central library caters for the information needs of faculty, students, researchers and health professionals, but it doesn't have enough funds to subscribe to databases and journals. The university instead depends on information accessed through Research4Life (R4L).
Institutions based in Bhutan are eligible to access the R4L content for free. Although this may appear to offer a solution to the problem of information access in this region, many are unaware that the resource even exists. Mr Norbu is committed to make scholars and qualifying institutions aware of the platform so that researchers' capabilities in the region can be strengthened.