Information School academic recognised
with international iSchools award

Briony BirdiAn academic at the Faculty’s Information School has been announced as the runner up of the 2016 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Runner up Briony Birdi is a Lecturer in Librarianship at the Faculty’s Information School. Dr Birdi was commended for her dissertation titled ‘We are here because you were there: an investigation of the reading of, and engagement with, minority ethnic fiction in UK public libraries.’

The entry “addresses a current social and political issue involving minority ethnic fiction using three empirical studies to survey reading habits,” said Dr. Michael Seadle, award chair member and professor at Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. “The reviewers also agreed that this dissertation was a serious competitor for the prize and clearly deserved to be the runner up.”

The iSchools organisation is an international collection of Information Schools that share a fundamental interest in information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more.

Their Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work in the information field. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools 65 associate schools, colleges and departments. Members of the Award’s judging committee are chosen from leading international schools in the iSchool collective.

Dr Birdi said: “I'm absolutely delighted to have been given this award, which recognises the importance of public libraries and social justice as a context for research. The first time a European has been placed in the competition, this also consolidates the international reputation of the iSchool at the University of Sheffield.'

Award honorees will be recognised at a gathering of information school scholars and researchers at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia, USA.