Nominations are now invited for the Travelling Librarian Award, which offers members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) the opportunity to undertake a study tour overseas.
This exciting annual initiative, jointly sponsored by the English Speaking Union (ESU) and CILIP, offers the opportunity for an adventurous UK library and information professional, who is a CILIP personal member, to explore a professional theme or challenge through a study tour of library and related institutions in the USA or a Commonwealth country. The study tour will normally take place over 2-3 weeks in the autumn, but some recipients have gone at different times of the year by agreement with the sponsors. The successful applicant will receive an award of £3,000 to undertake their proposed study tour, whilst other practical help in regard to accommodation and introductions is also available. The successful applicant will be expected to share the outcomes of their study tour with the wider profession.
The 2017 award is now open – the deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. Full details of the award and how to apply, along with reports from previous winners, are available on the CILIP website.
Recent winners of the Travelling Librarian Award have come from Higher Education libraries, government libraries and public libraries, but the initiative is open to CILIP members in all sectors. The successful applicant will be given a fantastic opportunity to enrich their professional knowledge and experience, and it is likely to be a truly defining moment in a professional career.