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£100k boost for City's Department of Library and Information Science

A generous grant from the estate of the late Montagu Hyams will go towards funding an annual bursary for students studying for the MSc in Information Science.
by John Stevenson

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City University London's Department of Library and Information Science (DLIS) has received a generous grant of £100,000 from the estate of the late Montagu (Monty) Hyams.

These funds will go toward an annual bursary for a student on the Department's long-standing MSc in Information Science and are aimed at encouraging applicants with first degrees in science.

The grant will also assist in maintaining the Hyams Archive.

nullHyams, who died in 2013, was the founder of Derwent Publications, now part of Thomson Reuters.

For four decades, Derwent was at the forefront of the dissemination of scientific information with a particular focus on patents and pharmaceuticals. There have been many links between the company and City.

City's Centre for Information Science has also taken responsibility for maintaining the Hyams Archive, which gives an insight into a period of rapid change in communication with printed publication becoming digital and then migrating to the World Wide Web. The grant provided to City will be a valuable resource for historical studies about information services, technical communication and the information society.

Funding for the bursary and maintenance of the archive have been provided by way of Monty's sons, Peter and Stephen Hyams.

Stephen is a City alumnus, having studied on the MSc in Information Science in the 1980s. The archive and bursary are being managed within the DLIS by Dr Lyn Robinson and Professor David Bawden.

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