Sarah Smyth, an Information Assistant at the Learning Resource Centre on the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown Campus has been named as the winner of the first LISC Masters Bursary.
The bursary, worth £650, was created to help one student per year to complete the Masters level modules of the post-graduate Library and Information Management programme at the University of Ulster. Applicants were asked to provide an outline of their proposed research, including the aims, objectives, research methods and the anticipated benefits for their employer, for library and information services in Northern Ireland, and for their own professional development.
Sarah’s research will investigate the use and perception of e-books among students at Ulster and she should complete her dissertation by December 2011.
LISC has also created a prize worth £150 for the best Masters dissertation. The first cohort of Ulster students to complete the Masters level of the programme handed in their dissertations last month and LISC will shortly be announcing the winner of this prize.
LISC hopes that the bursary and the prize will contribute to a raising of research capacity and awareness of the need for research among members of the library and information community in Northern Ireland.