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Information Literacy Awards 2015 – now open for applications!

LILAC logoApplications are now welcome for the Information Literacy Awards 2015. The winners will be announced at the LILAC 2015 conference dinner in Newcastle on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.

Established in 2008, these prestigious awards honour those special people who are making a significant contribution to Information Literacy within any sector.

Information Literacy Award
This award, sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group and Talis, recognises an outstanding individual contribution to information literacy by a practitioner or researcher. The winner will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity.

The award is open to practitioners, researchers and academics working in the information literacy field within the UK. Nominations from all sectors are welcome. The closing date for applications is Friday, February 27th, 2015.

Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy
This award, sponsored by Credo Reference, rewards an innovative/high impact digital Information Literacy resource developed by a UK-based individual or group.  The winner will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity. The closing date for applications is Friday, February 27th, 2015.

Help us by nominating the colleagues who you feel deserve recognition (self nomination is possible too!).

We also reward the innovators of tomorrow:

Student Award: Sponsored Place at LILAC
The Student Award, sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, includes free registration for LILAC 2015, travel and accommodation expenses for two students registered on a UK study programme. The closing date for applications is Friday, February 13th, 2015.

More details on the awards, including the application criteria and processes for each, are available from the LILAC awards webpage.

Any enquiries and applications should be directed to: Nigel Morgan (LILAC Awards Officer):

Bursaries offered to attend LILAC 2015

CILIP Information Literacy Group logoThe CILIP Information Literacy Group is offering 3 free conference places at LILAC 2015 for librarians working in the Schools/FE, Public and Health sectors.

The Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) will take place at Newcastle University on April 8-10, 2015, and is aimed at librarians and information professionals who teach information literacy skills, are interested in digital literacies and want to improve the information seeking and evaluation skills of library users.

LILAC logoThe bursaries include 3 days’ attendance at all LILAC sessions and social events (including the networking evening and conference dinner).

Accommodation and travel expenses up to the value of £250 are also available if required.

To be eligible to apply for a free place, you must be a librarian or information professional working in one of the following sectors: Schools/Further Education, Public or Health (e.g. NHS). You will have to show your commitment to information literacy by writing a short personal statement and explaining what benefits you would gain from attending the conference, including how you intend to use your conference experience in your work.

If you would like to be considered for a free conference place, visit the LILAC bursaries webpage, where you find further details

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and a link to the application form.

The application form should be returned to the LILAC committee at by 5pm on the closing date of Saturday, February 7th, 2015.

Bookings now open for LILAC 2015

LILAC logoBookings are now being taken for the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), which this year is being hosted by Newcastle University on April 8-10, 2015.

LILAC is organised by CILIP’s Information Literacy Group and is aimed at librarians and information professionals who teach information literacy skills, are interested in digital literacies and want to improve the information seeking and evaluation skills of library users.

The conference themes always have cross-sector appeal and consequently attract delegates from schools, further education, higher education, government, health and special libraries. The conference aims to build links across the profession as a whole and librarians and information professionals from all sectors are encourage to attend. The conference is a also truly international event, with delegates from over 30 different countries worldwide.

LILAC attracts significant players in the information literacy field as keynote speakers, and this year is no exception. The speakers for 2015 include: Tom Wilson, Director of unionlearn; Barbara Fister, of Gustavus Adolphus College library; and Ray Land, Professor of Higher Education at Durham University and Director of Durham’s Centre for Academic Practice.

Visit the conference website for more details on LILAC 2015.

Book a place at the conference. An early bird rate will apply until February 13th, 2015, and there is an additional discount for CILIP IL Group members.

Call for proposals: WILU Conference 2015

The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use (WILU) Program Committee is pleased to invite proposals to be considered at WILU 2015, June 15-17, to be held at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

The theme for WILU 2015 is Sea Change: Transforming Learning. We invite proposals that are inspired in various ways by the ideas of growth, change, and transformation; that bring us together to explore changes that we have either experienced or inspired, and to examine the transformations that are taking place around us.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, December 1, 2014. Please submit your proposals through our website at


Library Instruction West conference

photoGuest post from JIL’s Editor, Jane Secker, on her recent attendance at the Library Instruction West conference. Reposted with permission from Jane’s blog 


I headed off for a few weeks to visit the Canadian Rockies in search of bears (four spotted), elk (20 plus spotted), lakes and mountains (too many to count but Lake Louise and Lake Maligne up in Jasper were highlights). It was also a good chance to spend time thinking and reflecting on what I had learnt at the conference I attended from 23-25th July in Portland, Oregon, Library Instruction West. I’m grateful to the CILIP Information Literacy CO-PILOT committee and LSE for supporting me to attend a great conference.

Working in the newly renamed team, Learning Technology and Innovation, I was on the look out for new ideas and innovations. We have this sense in the UK that exciting things are happening in North American universities that we need to be aware of in the UK. I certainly came back with a sense that things are different, I’m just still trying to pin down exactly how! So here’s my attempt and in my first blog post written during the conference I was struck by the differences in terminology we use. I think in terms of people’s job titles it is worth thinking about this a bit more. I met instruction and outreach or information literacy librarians (not subject librarians or academic support) I also met instructional designers (what LSE would call educational developers) and I heard talk of educational technologists but from what I heard many did not seem to be working alongside the library folk as often as in case in the UK. Those differences suggest academic support services are set up slightly differently in US and Canadian universities. However, people did talk about the same issues such as how to engage faculty, how to embed digital and information literacy effectively into the curriculum, how to be innovative in their teaching and use technology appropriately.

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