For the third year running, the CILIP CSG Information Literacy Group recognised outstanding achievements in relation to information literacy by presenting the Information Literacy Award for the most inventive initiative in the sphere of information literacy at the LILAC 2010 conference dinner.
The award was presented to the winner by Prof. Sheila Corrall, University of Sheffield, and by Dr. Gaynor Eyre, Aberystwyth University.
Recipients of the award are recognised for their outstanding achievements in innovation within the area of information literacy. The IL Award is open to all working in the IL arena and from any sector.
This year’s winner was Anthony Beal, chosen for his commitment and dedication to providing the best learner focused Information Literacy curriculum possible at West Cheshire College.
Anthony has led the highly successful Springboard project at West Cheshire College since its earliest days. Springboard is a comprehensive programme with a focus on Active Learning covering the areas of; Academic Writing, Referencing, Presentation Skills, CV Building, Interview Techniques, Reflective Learning and Research Skills.
In addition to this Anthony has been chair of the North West Information Skills (NWIS) group for a number of years, and he regularly uses this group as a platform to promote information literacy. An advocate of Lollipop, Anthony pioneered the use of the material at West Cheshire College and promoted it through the NWIS group. Lollipop has now been successfully adopted by a number of colleges in the region. Anthony has also been responsible for both introducing Informs tutorials to West Cheshire College and for promoting its use to the NWIS group.
An early adopter of Web 2.0 technologies Anthony has always championed their use within the teaching and learning environment. More recently he has added iPod Touches, eReaders, Nintendo Wii and Visualisers to the bank of technologies available at West Cheshire College.
Anthony has always been keen to share his experiences and he is a regular presenter at events, particularly across the North West.
Anthony’s conviction to the IL cause, his innovative practice and his eagerness to share his findings make him a very worthy winner indeed.
Anthony received £500 to spend on his favourite charity, which he donated to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Chester (www.hospiceofthegoodshepherd.com) and £500 to spend on himself. The award was presented at the LILAC 2010 conference dinner at Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare on Tuesday 30th March 2010.