Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024

  • Student Awards

Student Sponsored Places

The Rowena Macrae-Gibson Student Award provides a sponsored place at LILAC for two students registered on a UK study programme.

Winners for 2024 announced!

We're pleased to announce the winners of the Rowena Macrae-Gibson Student Award for 2024. Amelia and Sae will be joining us at LILAC 2024.

Amelia Haire

Amelia HaireAmelia is currently a student at UCL studying for a master’s in Library and Information studies and is writing her dissertation on what it means to be information literate for an autistic person in the library workplace.

She is a Library Assistant at Senate House Library, University of London and the secretary for the Neurodivergent Library and Information Staff Network.



Sae Matsuno

Sae MatsunoSae is a Library and Information Studies student at University College London who is interested in the intersection of information literacy and oral history.

As an Academic Librarian at University of Northampton, she supports science and technology subjects, delivers information literacy sessions, and contributes to academic partnerships.




The award (named in honour of former Information Literacy Group Vice Chair Rowena Macrae-Gibson) entitles two students to attend LILAC. The award includes a full conference place, including networking evening and conference dinner, and UK travel and accommodation expenses up to the value of £250. The award is aimed at newly qualifying professionals. We welcome applications from full-time or part-time students (including distance-learners) registered for a UK-based first degree or taught postgraduate qualification in information/library studies or information literacy (IL). It is not essential that applicants are current members of CILIP or its Information Literacy Group.

To apply applicants must write a statement as detailed below

Write a reflection on what inspired your interest in Information Literacy. Perhaps a teacher, lecturer or colleague sparked you to think about the importance of IL; maybe a book or journal article you read stimulated your interest; did you attend a particular IL workshop, talk or webinar, or perhaps you were inspired by the users of the library where you worked, or your own experiences as a library user? How do you see yourself as part of the future of IL? We are looking for a personal and individual piece of writing that reflects your own experience (Maximum 500 words).

To apply you will need to register as a member, or if you have already registered, just login to your account using the link at the top of the page. Once logged in to your account, scroll  down to the awards section and select 'apply now' to complete your

Nominations are now closed.


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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Places at this year's conference are likely to be in demand more than ever before. Each year our conference grows increasingly popular and this year promises to be no different. Don't miss out and book your place now for this year's conference.
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Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024

Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024