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Past Winners

Find out all about our past winners and runners-up.

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 Winners

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

The winner in 2020 was Clare McCluskey-Dean (York St John University). Our judges commented  "Clare's work is in the ground-breaking category. The way in which she has created the community of practice is truly innovative".

Other shortlisted nominees were:

  • Elizabeth Hutchinson (Independent Adviser and Trainer for School Libraries)
  • Anita Saycell (Aberystwyth University)
  • Rebecca Asher/Alex Clegg (Sense about Science)
  • Sarah Pittaway, Allie Taylor, Sarah Purcell, Jennifer Dumbelton, Jo Dunn, Shona Raymond, Clive Kennard, Kathryn Devine (University of Worcester)

Previous winners:

  • 2019 - Open University Library's Live Engagement Team
  • 2018 - Emily Hurt (Clinical Librarian, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 2017 - Helen Howard (Leeds University Library). The runner-up was Jo Parker (Open University).
  • 2016 - Yin Min Tun (University of Manchester). The runner-up was Elizabeth Hutchinson (Guille-Alles Library, St Peter Port).
  • 2015 - Katharine Reedy (Open University). The runner-up was Sarah George (University of Bradford).
  • 2014 - Dr Jane Secker (London School of Economics and Political Science). The runner-up was Nazlin Bhimani (Institute of Education, University of London).
  • 2013 - Kim McGowan (University of Cumbria). The runner-up was Michelle Schneider (University of Leeds). 
  • 2012 - Andrew Walsh (University of Huddersfield). The runner-up was Judy Atkinson (Royal College of Nursing).
  • 2011 - Duncan Chappell (Glasgow School of Art). The runner-up was Sonja Haerkoenen (Cardiff University).
  • 2010 - Anthony Beal (Formerly West Cheshire College).
  • 2009 - Ronan O'Beirne (Bradford College).
  • 2008 - Nigel Morgan (Cardiff University).


Digital Award of Information Literacy Winners

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

The winner in 2020 were Jiani Liu, Dan Pullinger, Sunny Dhillon, Angela Newton, Paul Cave, Laura Fitch at the University of Leeds for Step up to Masters. Our judges commented: “It was particularly inspiring to hear feedback from learners as well as staff about the positive impact the project has had and the scale of impact within the institution”.

Other shortlisted nominees were:

Previous winners:


Student Sponsored Places

The 2020 Student Award provided a sponsored place at LILAC for two students registered on a UK study programme. This award (sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group) consists of full conference registration, travel and accommodation expenses.

The 2020 winners were:

Kimberley Stansfield and Frances Marsh who were both studying for an MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL.

Previous winners:

  • 2019 - Hannah Slater and Gemma Pearce (University College London)
  • 2018 - Lisa Gardner (Ulster University) and Bethany Sherwood (City, University of London)
  • 2017 - Bethan Davies (Aberystwyth University) and Leanne Workman (Aberystwyth University).
  • 2016 - Amy O'Donohoe (Robert Gordon University), Amy Rippon (City University, London) and Anna Theis (Manchester Metropolitan University).
  • 2015 - Lucinda May (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Maria Nagle (University of Sheffield).
  • 2014 - Penny Andrews (University of Sheffield) and Amanda Brennan (Robert Gordon University).
  • 2013 - Darren Flynn (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Roisin Cassidy (University of Sheffield). 
  • 2012 -Thasya Elliott (London Metropolitan University).
  • 2011 - Matthew Harvey (Aberystwyth University).
  • 2010 - Jo Alcock (Aberystwyth University).
  • 2009 - in 2009 additional sponsorship meant that there were 7 places available, the winners were; Marion Funnell, Owen Coxall, Samantha Abrahams, Veronica Cunnigham, Katie Fraser, Su Fagg, and Susan Clayton.


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