Manchester Metropolitan University, 6-8 April 2020

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LILAC are pleased to offer bursaries for conference places to applicants in certain under-represented sectors and communities. Find out more about bursary opportunities here.

 LILAC Bursaries - winners announced!

We are pleased to announce the winners of the LILAC 2020 bursary places;

Ashley TraceyAshley Tracey
Ashley Tracey is the Library Manager of Wembley Public library in Brent the borough of culture for 2020. He is currently focussed on increasing literacy in borough amongst young males and talking to anyone who will listen about the great work of libraries. Ashley discovered his passion for libraries at the superb Kingston upon Thames Public Library and the Knights Park Library of Kingston University. He is a proud member of CILIP’s BAME network and in 2019 was a speaker at a M25 consortium of academic libraries event entitled Perspectives on library recruitment: Supporting diversity. Ashley always finds time on his travels to “check out” the local library and he cannot wait to snoop around Manchester Metropolitan library at LILAC 2020!


Emma CawleyEmma Cawley 
Emma Cawley is an assistant subject librarian at the University of Chester, working with students in the health & social care and science & engineering faculties across two sites. A key part of Emma’s role is supporting students to develop their information literacy skills across a range of levels - from level 3 foundation programmes to level 8 professional doctorate studies. After working in marketing and communications for 10 years, Emma retrained in library & information management and is currently completing a research project to identify best practice in the development of IL skills at HE institutions – so she may try to speak to you during the conference!


Siobhan LinseySiobhan Linsey
Siobhan Linsey is the Outreach Librarian for the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust alliance. She is passionate about strengthening the information, digital, and health literacy skills of colleagues and students on placement within the hospital, community and mental health sites, as well as the accessing and assessing information skills of patients and the public. Through partnership working with public libraries she has collaborated on a training programme for staff, developing their ability to support public health information seeking. She is a member of CILIP’s information literacy group, past school librarian and literacy governor, and as part of a HEE national task and finish group is working with librarians across organisations to inform the schools and health literacy agenda.

Hannah BennettHannah Bennett 
Hannah Bennett is Library Manager at Robert May's School. New to School Libraries she previously worked in Further Education and started her career as a Library Assistant in her local Public Library. She is passionate about educating students and teaching staff on the benefits of using a variety of sources within the curriculum and is enjoying implementing practice from Further Education to help prepare students for their next step. Keen to promote a culture of digital literacy and revitalise library research she is excited to attend LILAC to arm herself with ideas and best practice. She also loves chatting about fiction books and coming up with creative ways of promoting them.


Marion HarrisMarion Harris
Marion Harris studied Music at the University of Birmingham, and began her library career in 2011 as a Graduate Trainee at the University of Essex. Marion completed an MSc(Econ) in Information and Library Studies by distance learning with Aberystwyth University between 2012-2015, and has held positions at the University of Reading and Goldsmiths College. Marion moved into the Further Education sector in 2018, taking up a Librarian role at New City College, London. The college offers a wide range of courses for students aged 14 and over, including GCSEs, A levels, vocational diplomas, Access to Higher Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Marion has strong professional interests in collection development and information literacy.


LILAC Bursaries

To have a truly engaging conference, we believe we need delegates who bring a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. The LILAC conference is therefore offering 5 free places for librarians working in the following under-represented sectors/communities in the UK:

  • BAME (sponsored by University of Sheffield Information School)
  • Schools
  • Further Education
  • Public (sponsored by UCL Department of Information Studies)
  • Health (e.g. NHS – please note; librarians working in Higher Education who support health
    subjects are not eligible to apply)

The conference place includes 3 days attendance of all LILAC sessions and social events (networking evening and conference dinner) . Travel and accommodation expenses up to the value of £225 are also available if required.

To be eligible for a place you must be a librarian, volunteer or information professional working in the above mentioned sectors/communities in the UK. You will have to show your commitment to information literacy by writing a short personal statement explaining what benefits you would gain from attending the conference, and how you intend to use your conference experience in your work.

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.

Book your place

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.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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