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Information Literacy Award

The Information Literacy Award recognises an outstanding UK-based practitioner or researcher.

Information Literacy Award 2019

The CILIP Information Literacy Group is 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)

  • 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.

Format for nominations

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


A written statement of evidence of the nominee contribution(s) in one or more of the areas above. This should not exceed 1500 words and may include visual elements e.g. videos, graphics etc. where appropriate.


A short video (10 minutes maximum) addressing the nominee contribution(s) in one or more of the areas above. 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.

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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  • Information Literacy Group


  • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • Journal of Information Literacy

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