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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 2023 was Louise Speakman for "Systematic Review Conversations". Our judges commented: "This work presents an important initiative for tackling the development of health information literacy. The ‘Systematic Review Conversations’ programme provides a key communication channel for sharing expertise with an external audience, and several successful events have formed part of the initiative. Opening the material to a wider audience via the YouTube Channel provides a needed accessible route to learning about the process of searching, evaluating and synthesising health information for the purposes of informed decision-making for all, breaking the barriers of institutional silos and opening a route to online sharing and collaboration. We are looking forward to how this programme progresses in the future".

Other shortlisted nominees were:

  • Global Banking School Library Team for creating and developing seven higher education libraries in turbulent times.
  • Technology Libraries Team, University of Cambridge, for opening their information literacy programme to reach new audiences and communities.
  • Geoff Walton, Reader in Information and Digital Literacies at Manchester Metropolitan University, for his information literacy research, teaching and service contributions to the broader information literacy sector.

Previous winners:

  • 2022 - Alison Horner Le Riche and Barbara Moye and their teams (Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 2020 - Clare McCluskey-Dean (York St John University)
  • 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.

Previous winners:


Student Sponsored Places

The 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.

Previous winners:

  • 2023 - Yasmine Mulholland (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Lucy Dodge (University College London)
  • 2020 - Kimberley Stansfield and Frances Marsh (University College London)
  • 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.


Present @ LILAC

LILAC is great opportunity for our fellow professionals to present their ideas, share best practice and show case new thinking in our sector. If you have an idea then we'd love to hear about it. We have many options for the types of sessions you might run from a symposium to a workshop. Visit our Call for Presentations page to find out how to apply.

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Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024

Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024