We are pleased to announce the winners of the LILAC 2020 bursary places;
Ashley Tracey is the Library Manager-Enquiries for Queen Mary University. He is currently focussed on improving enquiry services, accessibility staff skills to better support our students and colleagues. 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 is a keen believer in continuous service improvement and always keeps his eyes peeled on his travels for local libraries.
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 Linsey is the Knowledge and Library Service lead for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. 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. Siobhan is also a member of Bolton Health Information Partnership and is working to establish a national Community of Practice for health information cross-sector collaborations.
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, andchair of the national health literacy community of practice for health librarians - a group working across organisations to inform the schools and health literacy agenda.
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 Sharrock-Harris is the Librarian at Harris Clapham Sixth Form, a new academy which opened in 2021.
Marion has previously worked in both FE and HE libraries, and has a Masters in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University.
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:
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.
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.
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!