Amanda Duffy, Chair, Awards Panel, ISG
Some people believe that reference today is dead. It isn’t dead, just different. The print collections may shrink and the online resources may be more carefully chosen, but our job remains the same – to help people with their information needs. Reference will always be there in libraries, because someone will always have a question, and we will do our utmost to answer because that is what we librarians do!
What is happening is that the quality of information resources available to librarians and information workers is getting better. This year, we had an exciting batch of nominations for the awards. There were new subjects and new formats but also familiar subjects presented in new and different ways; ways that were much easier to use and would appeal to both established users and newcomers.
As usual, I would like to thank all those people who did send in nominations – please keep them coming. And thank you to the judging panel who worked hard on judging day, but also did quite a bit of research on the titles prior to our meeting.
The call for nominations for the ISG Reference Award asks for titles that are available and relevant to the library and information sector in the UK and are accessible, original, provide current and accurate information, and give value for money.
To be eligible for the 2016 Awards, works had to be made available between 1st January and 31st December 2015, and they could be in print or electronic format.
We have three categories in the awards – Commended, Highly Commended and the Winner, and I’ll take the results in ascending order.
Refer 32 (3) Autumn 2016