University of Cambridge, 19-21 April 2023

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Information Literacy Award

The Information Literacy Award recognises an outstanding UK-based practitioner or researcher. There was a hiatus for the award in 2021 and we presented the Leading Light Award to align with our online event: FestivIL by LILAC. For 2022 we are running a single award, due to the increase of digital activities in our working lives, which combines criteria from the Digital Award for IL.

Winner announced!

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Information Literacy Award 2022 are...

Alison Horner Le Riche and Barbara Moye and their teams (Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust).

The winners

Here are a few words from our winners:

"On behalf of the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and also Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, thank you for the recognition of our project. It was a team effort across both Trust Library and Knowledge Services, and we all played a role in its success.
Thanks also to HEE for their funding which made the first stage of this project possible. Recent events have underlined how important it is to have high levels of health literacy (and all the other forms of literacy), so it’s especially nice to be recognised in these circumstances for our work on this."


The award was judged by Dr. Konstantina Martzoukou (Robert Gordon University) and Dr. Pam McKinney (The University of Sheffield).

A few words from our judges:

"The diversity of created resources is impressive. The lesson plan pack created for teachers looks genuinely useful, and could be picked up in any secondary school context and used immediately by a teacher. This indicates that the resources have national appeal, beyond simply the local area.

They have some really positive feedback both from children who have engaged with the resources and from the agencies they have worked with, indicating success in both networking and teaching.

The project team have been successful in raising the profile of health information literacy beyond one institutional context."

The nominees for the Information Literacy Award for 2022 were:

  • Yohanna Anderson, Rachel Bickley, and Caroline Ball (University of Gloucestershire, London Metropolitan University & University of Derby), nominated for their work on the #ebookSOS campaign
  • Rosie Jones (University of Teesside), nominated for raising the profile of IL through national conversations
  • Daniel Miller, Pauline Garvey, Alfonso Otaegui, Xinyuan Wang, Maya de Vries, Laila Abed Rabho, Shireen Walton, Laura Haapio-Kirk, Charlotte Hawkins, Marília Duque, Patrick Awondo, and Alex Clegg (University College London), nominated for their work on the Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing (ASSA) project
  • Linda Moses-Allison (University of Cumbria), nominated for raising the profile of IL within the University of Cumbria
  • Louise Worsfold, Argita Mullaraj, Rosemary Jones, Sally Peat, Heather Robinson, and Chris Walker (The University of Law), nominated for their work on the Digital Academy platform
  • Alison Horner Le Riche, and Barbara Moye and their teams (Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust), nominated for raising the profile of health literacy in Berkshire adolescents.


Information School at the University of Sheffield logoThe CILIP Information Literacy Group and the Information School at the University of Sheffield are proud to offer an award for achievement in the field of information literacy (IL). IL “is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed views and to engage fully in society”.

 IL applies within a number of contexts, including:

  • Everyday – when people find information online
  • Citizenship – helping people to understand the world around us
  • Education – developing critical thinking skills at all stages of education, from school to higher education
  • The workplace - contributing to employability
  • Health – finding reliable sources of health information.

(CILIP Definition of Information Literacy 2018).

The award is open to all practitioners, researchers and academics working in the IL field within the United Kingdom. Nominations may be from any sector. We welcome nominations for individuals as well as for groups/teams. The winning individual or team will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity.


Nominations must demonstrate impact, innovation, initiative and originality in one or more of the following areas:

  • Raising the profile of IL within an organisation / community or sector
  • Initiating or contributing to national, regional or local projects / initiatives which enhance IL skills for an identified client group(s)
  • Developing a digital resource (e.g. online course, service, product or app) which develops and enhances IL skills
  • Undertaking original research in the field of IL and making a significant contribution to the literature.

There should be evidence that the nominated individual or team is committed to sharing knowledge and expertise and/or disseminating their learning and/or research within their organisation and beyond.

Nominations will be judged upon evidence of impact within the past 3 years only.


Present @ LILAC

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University of Cambridge, 19-21 April 2023

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