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LILAC 2014 presentations now available

LILAC logoThis year’s Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC 2014) took place at Sheffield Hallam University on April 23rd-25th, and was a tremendous success. On the 10th anniversary of the conference, delegates from across the world met to share new ideas and innovative teaching techniques, listen to inspiring speakers and of course enjoy the now legendary social events!

The presentations from the keynote speakers and parallel sessions are now available online on the conference websiteYou can also browse through presentations from previous years

There were also many prolific tweeters at the conference – take a look at #lilac2014 on Twitter. An archive of tweets from the conference is also available.

Sheila Webber has also helpfully collated some conference reports and blog posts on her Information Literacy Weblog.

Congratulations and thanks to the LILAC Committee for all their hard work in putting together another hugely successful conference. Not that they will be able to rest on their laurels for long…

It was announced at the Conference Dinner that the hosts of next year’s LILAC will be Newcastle University. The conference is scheduled for 8th-10th April 2015. More details will be released on the LILAC website in due course. You can also follow  @LILAC_Conf on Twitter.


Report on “From the road less travelled to the information super highway: information literacy in the 21st Century” – 31st January 2014


Sarah Wolfenden, Subject Liaison Librarian at  Brunel University, has kindly provided a report on the free one-day conference held at the British Library Conference Centre on 31st January 2014.

On 31st January, I made my way to the British Library to attend the free conference, From the road less travelled to the information super highway: information literacy in the 21st Century, organised jointly by the M25  and the CILIP Information Literacy Group. The conference had sold out within two hours so I was feeling lucky to have received a place and was expecting good things. All the topics on the day, as you’d expect, focused on information literacy, and ranged from the broad and theoretical, e.g. Emma Coonan’s and Jane Secker’s impassioned lecture on ANCIL to the very specific and practical, e.g. games in libraries.

The conference opened with a look at the Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition. I hadn’t heard of this before and it seemed that neither had many people in the room. We found out that it is a HEFCE funded project and is an informal network of librarians, pedagogists, career experts and similar whose aim is to take information literacy out of the higher education library and into the workplace. They do this by investigating the gap between higher education and employment by speaking to careers advisers, unions, organisations, etc.

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LILAC 2014: Bursary winners announced

LILAC logoThe Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) takes place at Sheffield Hallam University on 23rd-25th April 2014.

LILAC’s bursary scheme was set up this year to enable access to the conference for librarians from sectors that traditionally struggle to secure funding from their employers. Each of the free conference places includes 3 days of attendance at all LILAC sessions and social events (networking evening and conference dinner).

Congratulations to this year’s winners, who are:

  • NHS – Ruth Jenkins, Librarian, Healthcare Library, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Public – Jacqueline Geekie, Information Literacy and Learning Librarian, Aberdeenshire Libraries
  • Schools/FE – Donna Gundry, Head of Library Services, Plymouth College of Art

We wish them a rewarding and productive conference!

The full programme of sessions for LILAC 2014 was recently published.  There is still time to book a place at the conference. Members of the CILIP Information Literacy Group received a discounted rate.

LILAC Awards 2014 – now open for applications

A number of awards are now open for applications, including a sponsored student place at the conference.  Click on the links below for full details on how to apply or to nominate a colleague.

The winners will be announced at the conference dinner at Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield on Thursday 24th April 2014.


LILAC bursaries now available

LILAC logoThe Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) takes place at Sheffield Hallam University on 23rd-25th April 2014.  3 free conference places are being offered for librarians working in the following sectors:

  • Schools/FE
  • Public
  • Health (eg NHS)

Each conference place includes 3 days of attendance at all LILAC sessions and social events (networking evening and conference dinner).

To be eligible for a place, you must be a librarian or information professional working in the sectors mentioned above. A short personal statement is required that outlines your commitment to information literacy. You should also explain what benefits you would gain from attending the conference and how you intend to use your conference experience at your home institution.

If you would like to be considered for a free conference place, then please complete the application form and return it to the LILAC committee at by the closing date of 7th February 2014 at 17:00 GMT.

Please note that the bursary will only cover the cost of the LILAC conference itself. Accommodation and travel expenses will not be covered.