The UKSG, an international organisation that seeks to connect the knowledge community, has announced the 2012 winner of its annual John Merriman Award, set up in recognition of the founder of UKSG and NASIG (the North American Serials Interest Group).
Stephen Buck, E-Resources and Periodicals Librarian at Dublin City University, will receive funding from Award sponsor Taylor & Francis to attend the 2012 NASIG Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Meanwhile, NASIG has awarded its 2012 Merriman Award to Alice Eng, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of North Florida, who will attend UKSG's Annual Conference in Glasgow.
The Award gives members of UKSG and its sibling organisation NASIG the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of issues affecting libraries, and the chance to explore innovative ideas for the strategic development of libraries. It is open to members of UKSG and NASIG, who are in a functional position within a library or information service, with direct responsibility for managing serials or e-resources, or direct contact with library users, supporting them in the use of serials or e-resources.
Applicants were required to write a short paper on the topic 'E-resources in 2016: how will the landscape look from the point of view of librarians and library users?'
The Education Subcommittee of UKSG, which selects the winning applicant, noted the originality and humour of Stephen's application.