Real Impact Awards

Library commitment to uncovering real impact

This award recognises the efforts and commitment within the library setting to uncover real impact.

We want to celebrate the methods, structures or practices that libraries are putting in place to bring to light the research being carried out in their institution.

This could be the introduction of new technologies or tools to promote scholarly communications or perhaps your library has taken on different roles to contribute to institution-wide initiatives? Have you introduced innovative methods to ensure your library setting is actively contributing to the development of good, impactful research? 

Submit your application

Submission form questions

  1. The background
    Briefly explain why you or your team are committed to uncovering impactful research in support of your institution (max 200 words)
  2. The project
    Outline what changes have been implemented and why to help shine a light on the research being carried out at your institution (max 500 words)
  3. The implementation
    Explain your approach and why your methods are innovative to help drive real impact within the library setting (max 200 words)

Judging process

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 will be decided based on the highest scores received.

Stage 2 – The shortlist of entries have the opportunity to provide further information and evidence based on the judges 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 finalists will be decided.

Judging criteria

Clarity: How clearly has the nominee(s) explained their commitment and approach to uncovering real impact within a library setting?* (10 points)

Focus: How well has the changes implemented, and the tangible benefits to the library setting and institution, as a result of these changes, been explained* (20 points)

Innovation: How innovative are the methods being carried out by a library setting to contribute and drive forward the real impact debate?* (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.

Prizes

One overall individual or team/institution winner plus two finalists per category

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 finalist
  • An invitation to a celebration event in 2022
  • 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
  • The opportunity to publish their research via a relevant channel

Finalist(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 finalist
  • A certificate
  • Additional publicity across global Emerald marketing channels
2020 award-winner

Making resources accessible

S Rajeswari, Head of the Scientific Information Resource Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Tamil Nadu, India.

Judges applauded this project for the range and quality of resources it provides researchers. They said: 'These activities demonstrate a commitment and effort to promoting the impact of their parent institution’s research activities'.

Application form

This award recognises the efforts and commitment within the library setting to uncover real impact.

We want to celebrate the methods, structures or practices that libraries are putting in place to bring to light the research being carried out in their institution.

This could be the introduction of new technologies or tools to promote scholarly communications or perhaps your library has taken on different roles to contribute to institution-wide initiatives? Have you introduced innovative methods to ensure your library setting is actively contributing to the development of good, impactful research? 

In order to process your nomination for the library commitment to uncovering real impact category, we'll need to know:

  • Your details
  • Details of the nominee (individual or team)
  • Responses to submission questions
  • Marketing consent and opt-ins to social

The closing date for entries is Friday 26 November 2021 and we’ll be in touch with the outcome by 26 February 2022.

Please submit your form in English where possible but applications in your first language are acceptable.

If you have any questions about any of the awards please get in touch at [email protected].

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Your details & the nomination type

Please tell us a bit about you, and let us know the type of nomination you'd like to submit. Note: if you're self-nominating, we'll ask for full details later on.