Nominations for LILAC’s Information Literacy Award are now open

Heather Lincoln
Heather Lincoln

This post is from the LILAC Committee’s External Relationships Manager, Heather Lincoln,

As we start 2022 it’s the perfect time to launch the Information Literacy Award ahead of the LILAC Conference in Manchester this April. The call for nominations for the award is now open!

As you may know, in 2021 we held an online event: FestivIL by LILAC, instead of an in-person and on-campus LILAC conference. As FestivIL was different to a traditional in-person conference, we launched a new award for that year, the Leading Light Award at FestivIL by LILAC which recognised a member of the IL community who was a local hero supporting, leading or inspiring colleagues or library users in information literacy. It was won by Hazel Roome for the ‘hungry robot’ virtual induction activity.

The CILIP Information Literacy Group and the Information School at the University of Sheffield are proud to announce the return of the Information Literacy Award in 2022. This award was established in 2008 and honours those who make a significant contribution to Information Literacy. The winner in 2020 was Dr Clare McCluskey-Dean for her innovative information literacy community of practice.

There will be one Information Literacy Award in 2022 which combines criteria from the Digital Award for IL. The award is open to all practitioners, researchers and academics working in the IL field within the UK. Nominations must demonstrate impact, innovation, initiative and originality in one or more of the following areas:

  • Raising the profile of IL within an organisation / community or sector
  • Initiating or contributing to national, regional or local projects / initiatives which enhance IL skills for an identified client group(s) and enhances IL skills
  • Developing a digital resource (e.g., online course, service, product or app) which develops and enhances IL skills
  • Undertaking original research in the field of IL and making a significant contribution to the literature.

Nominations may be from any sector and we welcome nominations for individuals as well as for groups/teams. The winning individual or team will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity. Nominations should take the form of a written statement or short video. More details are available on the LILAC website.

The closing date for nominations is Monday 14th February 2022 (17:00 GMT), so start thinking about who you would like to nominate for the Information Literacy Award in 2022.

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