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Digital Award for IL

The Digital Award for Information Literacy is sponsored by the Open University and rewards an innovative/high impact digital resource developed by a UK-based individual or group.

Digital Award for Information Literacy 2019 - winner announced!

The winner is:

Terry Charlton for Newcastle University Library’s Online Learning Resources.

The judges were Katharine Reedy (Learning Designer, Learner and Discovery Services, Open University) and Josie Fraser (Social and Educational Technologist).

Katharine Reedy commented: “We particularly liked the research Terry and the Newcastle team had done to understand student needs and preferences, and the convincing evidence of impact, demonstrated through impressive usage figures and integration of the resources into teaching”.

Congratulations to Terry!

Our nominees were:

This award recognises an individual or group who develop the best new digital educational resource for promoting Information Literacy (IL). The winner will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity.


Nominations will be evaluated in relation to the following criteria:

  • Raising the profile of IL within an organisation or sector

  • Developing a digital resource (e.g. online course, service, product or app) which develops and enhances IL skills

  • Innovation, initiative, originality and sustainability

  • Impact on the target audience(s)

  • Openness – is openly licenced, considers accessibility issues, supports flexible use.

Format for nominations

Individuals and teams may self-nominate or be nominated by colleagues. Nominations should take the form of:


A description and background account of the nominated digital resource. This should not exceed 1500 words.


A short video (10 minutes maximum) presenting the nominated digital resource. If this option is selected, the video should be uploaded to YouTube as unlisted content and the URL provided in a covering email.

Irrespective of chosen format, the following should also be provided:

  • Contact details of the nominator (if applicable).

  • Contact details of the nominee

  • Group/team nominations must include the names of all members. There must be one identified key contact to whom correspondence will be directed.

  • Supporting documentation, URLs etc. where appropriate.


  • Nominations may be from any sector
  • Nominations must comply with basic accessibility standards e.g.
  • The award is open to individuals or teams working in the UK only
  • The nominated resource must have been launched at some point during the previous calendar year i.e. January-December 2018
  • The resource will be openly available for reuse under Creative Commons licence and will be made available to download from online sources such as the Information Literacy website
  • Factual webpages or documents e.g. an IL framework, will not be eligible
  • The award will be presented at the LILAC conference dinner in Nottingham on Thursday 25th April 2019 and must be accepted by the winning individual or a representative of the winning group.

Shortlisted nominees will be listed on the LILAC website in March 2019.

Closing date: 17:00 (GMT) Friday 1st March 2019.

Enquiries and nominations to: 

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