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LILAC are pleased to offer bursaries for conference places to applicants in certain under-represented groups and to applicants living or working near the conference venue. Find out more about bursary opportunities here.

LILAC bursaries - 2024 winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the LILAC 2024 bursary places;

LILAC bursary winners

Alison HallisseyAlison Hallissey
School librarian, more able lead and EPQ co-ordinator

Alison has a background in corporate libraries and has worked in school libraries for the last 12 years.

Alison is passionate about encouraging young people to enjoy reading for pleasure and information; improving their critical thinking skills and empowering them to make informed decisions in the future.

Charlotte TaylorCharlotte Taylor
Clinical Librarian, Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Charlotte Taylor is a Clinical Librarian at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, where she supports hospital staff with evidence searches, journal clubs and training.

She previously worked in public libraries and qualified as a Librarian in 2022.
LinkedIn: Charlotte Taylor

Ana SilvaAna Silva
Library Development Officer at Cambridgeshire Libraries

Ana Silva is a Library Development Officer for Cambridgeshire Libraries.

She leads on Information and Learning, EDI and Libraries of Sanctuary.


Chidinma Onwuchekwa OgbaChidinma Onwuchekwa Ogba
Librarian, volunteer at Harrogate Library

Dr Chidinma Onwuchekwa Ogba is an academic Librarian that has worked overseas for over a decade and has experience in teaching and provision of user focussed services.

She has published many academic papers and  is open to new opportunities  and research collaboration.
Linkedin: Dr Chidinma Ogba

Laura WalkerLaura Walker
Curriculum Support Librarian for the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group

Laura Walker is the Curriculum Support Librarian for the Heart of Yorkshire Education Group, working across three colleges. She has previously worked in public and academic libraries.



Local to LILAC bursary winners

Louise BirchLouise Birch
Senior Librarian, Information, Leeds Libraries

Louise Birch, Senior Librarian, Leeds Libraries, dedicated to expanding relationships between public library users and collections.

X (formerly Twitter): @LeedsLibraries

Rebecca Whyley-Smith
Subject Librarian, University of Huddersfield 

Rebecca Whyley-Smith

Becky is a Subject Librarian supporting the Business and Law School. She is new to Huddersfield having previously worked at the University of Greenwich for over ten years. This is also the first time she will be attending LILAC. 

She is professionally interested in the use of AI in supporting systematic reviews and hopes to develop this interest into practical advice.
Linkedin: Rebecca Whyley-Smith

Ryan Woodward
Assistant Liaison Librarian, University of Newcastle 

Ryan Woodward

Having studied for a Masters in Library and Information Management in Liverpool, Ryan has spent several years working in health informatics and NHS libraries before joining the liaison team at Newcastle University, where he recently achieved HE Fellowship.


Zoë Johnson
Subject Librarian, University of Huddersfield

Zoë Johnson

Zoë Johnson is a subject librarian at the University of Huddersfield, supporting the Schools of Applied Sciences and Arts & Humanities (with diverse subjects ranging from Chemical Engineering to Drama!).

She has gained her PGCE HE and HEA Fellowship during her time at Huddersfield, and is currently researching the perceived gap between students and academics' expectations of reading. Zoë is keen to cultivate curiosity as core to information literacy training.
Gina Denton
Library Learning Advisor, University of Law (Leeds campus)

Gina Denton

Having previously worked as a History lecturer at the Universities of Leeds and York, Gina Denton recently took up the role of Library Learning Advisor at the University of Law’s Leeds campus. In this role, she supports students to develop information and digital literacy skills through one-to-one appointments, delivering workshops, creating asynchronous learning resources and answering student queries – and is excited to be expanding her knowledge of legal research, the pedagogies of learning development and the information literacy profession.


Vickie Varley
Vickie Varley Senior Development Officer - Oldham Libraries

A Senior Development Officer for Oldham Heritage, Libraries and Arts with responsibility for Information, Digital, Stock, Adult Health and Wellbeing, and Volunteers (where she has just realised she has worked for 17 years!).



The LILAC conference has two types of bursary for 2024; LILAC bursaries for under-represented groups and a new range of Local to LILAC bursaries for delegates living or working near to the LILAC conference venue.

LILAC bursaries

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

  • Ethnic minority backgrounds
  • School libraries
  • Further Education
  • Public libraries
  • Health libraries (e.g. NHS – please note; librarians working in Higher Education who support health subjects are not eligible to apply)

Local to LILAC Bursaries

These bursaries are day delegate places, and we are offering two places for each day of the three-day conference. LILAC is committed to encouraging information professionals across the UK to attend LILAC, especially for those whom the cost or other commitments make attending all three days not always possible. We have created these six day delegate places, intended for people who live or work near to the LILAC venue, to have the chance to attend a day at LILAC and experience what the conference offers.

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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Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024

Leeds Beckett University, 25-27 March 2024