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SAGE announces winner of 2013 ALPSP travel grant


London, UK (04 July 2013) - SAGE today announced the recipient of their 2013 library travel grant for the ALPSP International Conference. Penny Andrews, Library Graduate Trainee at Leeds Metropolitan University won by answering "what would be your top tip to give students about conducting research" with:

"Don't assume you're on your own or that books are all the help you get. We're here to give you skills." Penny was chosen by the SAGE judging panel for her consideration of the influential role of the librarian in supporting students and capturing the value of the librarian for academic institutions.

"As we've seen in our own research exploring library value, too often users fail to appreciate how much librarians can offer to support teaching and research, which is exactly what Penny's entry points to," said Clive Parry, Global Marketing Director, SAGE. "In an environment where both the education and research landscapes are rapidly evolving, supporting the dissemination of knowledge is key. The ALPSP International Conference provides an ideal environment for open discussion between both librarians and publishers to learn how to work together on this shared goal."

Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive, ALPSP, further commented, "The exchange of ideas and information between stakeholders is key to meeting the challenges facing our industry. We're delighted to have the support of SAGE in promoting the conversation between libraries and publishers and look forward to welcoming Penny Andrews to the ALPSP International Conference in September."

The travel grant supports a librarian or information professional with a free place at the ALPSP International Conference from 11-13 September.

In response to announcement, Penny Andrews remarked, "I am pleased and honoured to be awarded the travel grant for the ALPSP conference. The event falls a few weeks before I begin my Digital Library Management studies at the University of Sheffield, and after spending time talking to publishers at SLA 2013 in San Diego, I know I will find their perspective on issues such as open access, ebooks, accessibility and discovery useful and interesting. The conference is also a great chance for me to meet fellow information professionals, something which I will enjoy."


SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.

ALPSP was formed in 1972 and is the international organization for non-profit publishers. It has a broad and diverse membership of over 320 organizations in 37 countries who collectively publish over half of the world's total active journals as well as books, databases and other products. ALPSP provides information, professional development, guidance, support, representation, networking opportunities and an international conference.

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