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LILAC bursary winners announced!

The winners of bursary places at LILAC: the Information Literacy Conference in Nottingham in April 2019 have been announced.

To have a truly engaging conference, the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the conference organising committee believe we need delegates who bring a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. We therefore offer conference places to applicants in certain under-represented sectors and communities.

Bursaries for the 2019 conference were offered for the following categories:

  • BAME
  • Schools
  • Further Education
  • Public
  • Health (e.g. NHS)

The conference place includes 3 days’ attendance of all LILAC sessions, social events (networking evening and conference dinner) and accommodation.

This year’s winners are as follows:


Baljinder Bains

Baljinder BainsAs Librarian Team Leader at Burton and South Derbyshire College, Baljinder Bains leads the Study Centres team, with responsibility for overseeing library provision across two campuses based in Burton upon Trent. Previously involved in Curriculum delivery at the College, she is an experienced member of the FE sector. Baljinder is passionate about student engagement through reading programmes and promoting information and digital literacy across all College platforms.


Sarah Fox

Sarah FoxSarah Fox has been working in school libraries for over 12 years, and is currently Head Librarian at Ardingly College in West Sussex. Previously to that, she worked as a Community Librarian in Kent, a Library Assistant in a university and in the much-missed Borders Books. Her favourite thing about working in a school is her interaction with the pupils; whether running a book group, teaching research skills, or just helping them find the ‘right’ book. The one thing that drives her mad is students using their mobile phones in the library and pretending it’s for ‘research’!


YiWen Hon

YiWen HonYiWen Hon is the librarian for the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist cancer hospital in London which, through the Royal Marsden School, also runs courses on cancer, palliative care and advanced practice for nurses and allied health professionals. Information literacy teaching is an important part of her role and she is always searching for interesting approaches to engage healthcare professionals in developing their critical thinking and information skills. She has an interest in critical pedagogy and how this can be integrated into healthcare information literacy.


Neena Morris

Neena MorrisNeena Morris is a qualified and chartered librarian with over ten years’ experience in public, school and university libraries. Alongside her library employment, she has worked in a variety of capacities with children and young people, specialising in support for those with additional needs. She is passionate about information literacy and reading for well being. She sits on CILIP’s Ethics Committee, JISC’s Student Experience Experts Group, and has contributed to the diversity review of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards.


Ros Parkes

Ros ParkesRos Parkes works in a single staff library in a small market town in Devon. Before working in libraries, she had various roles in the charity sector, mostly focused on volunteer recruitment and volunteer management. Ros is also a school governor and a trustee of a small grant-giving organisation.

Earlier this year, Ros started working towards CILIP Certification. Through engaging in this process, she has developed an interest in how public libraries and public library staff help their customers, who may be taking their first steps online, navigate the online world and critically assess what they are reading. She is delighted to be receiving a bursary to attend LILAC and very much looks forward to learning more about supporting customers online.


Congratulations to all of the bursary winners!

Find out more about LILAC: the Information Literacy Conference

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