Friday, February 25, 2011

Travelling Librarian Award for encouraging US/UK contacts in the library world.

Sent by Doug Knock

The Award   (Travelling Librarian Award 2011) 
Each year, the English-Speaking Union (ESU) and CILIP invite applications for the Travelling Librarian Award, from UK library and information professionals. The Travelling Librarian Award is intended to encourage US/UK contacts in the library world and the establishment of permanent links through a professional development study tour.

Applicants must be:
a) UK library and information professionals and;
b) in membership of CILIP at time of application.

Award details 
The Award will be about £3000 to cover flights and some accommodation in the US. The successful candidate will be free to put together their own programme of visits (although help and advice will be available) and where possible will be encouraged to take up home hospitality with ESU Members. The successful candidate will be expected to cover further incidental costs. This study tour opportunity will be for two weeks in Autumn.

A selection panel will judge all applications objectively on how well they further the aims and purposes of the award, and the evidence provided in support of this. 

Each application will be judged on its individual merits. 
There is no set application length expected. It is up to each candidate to write as little or as much as they wish. However, what you present in support of your application should be: a) relevant and b) sufficient, to allow the selection panel to make an informed decision. 
Typically, each year there are many excellent applications. However, should there be no suitable application, the panel reserves the right not to make an award for that year. 

A professional development opportunity 
On return, the successful candidate will be expected to give some presentations and produce a short report. Usually a Travelling Librarian reception is held each year when the most recent winner has the opportunity to make a short presentation/talk on their study visit. Past recipients have found the study tour a rewarding personal and professional experience which has often helped advance their career. 

The English-Speaking Union aims to strengthen international understanding through a variety of cultural and educational programmes and scholarships. As part of its international policy, CILIP aims to provide opportunities for members to enrich their professional lives by sharing experience and expertise with overseas colleagues.

When to apply
The English-Speaking Union (ESU) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) invite applications for the Travelling Librarian Award, from qualified librarians working in UK libraries or information centres, from January each year. The closing date is usually at the end of March.  The Travelling Librarian Award is an opportunity to do a study tour in the United States for two weeks.

How to apply 
Candidates are invited to apply via email with a CV and a supporting letter to:  

The closing date is 28 March 2011 and the interview date is 12 April 2011.

All applications will be considered and a shortlist will be drawn up.  All candidates will be contacted shortly after the application deadline and shortlisted candidates called to interview to discuss their application further in person.  

Interviews are held at the English Speaking Union headquarters at Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED.

For further information, please contact either: 

Gill Hale: 
020 7529 1587


Guy Daines, Director, Policy & Advocacy, CILIP 
020 7255 0642. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bursaries to attend the EBLIP conference

From LIS Research Coalition:

LISResearch: RT @eblip2011#eblip6 @LISResearch to offer 4 bursaries @eblip2011: 2 for practitioners /2 for PhD stns. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

2nd EBIL conference, 3rd November 2010, London Metropolitan University



Second Conference on ‘Sharing good practice in Evidence-Based Information Literacy (EBIL)’ sponsored by the Information Literacy Group

London Metropolitan University is pleased to announce the second conference on ‘Sharing good practice in Evidence-Based Information Literacy (EBIL)’ on Wednesday 3rd November 2010Tower Building and Graduate Centre, 166-220 Holloway RoadLondon N7 8DB.

The conference aims to examine the way evidence-based is defined and from whose perspective. The event is free of charge for attendees drawn from NHS, university-related libraries and independent health libraries (a fee of £50 pounds will be charged to attendees from outside of the UK).

The programme can be found at:

The conference runs from 11 to 4, with registration from 10.30. Places for the conference are limited to 60 participants. As demand for this type of event is likely to be high, places are limited to one member per organization and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Non-attendance without appropriate extenuation will incur a charge of £25.00.

To apply please follow the following link to the online booking form:

Susie Andretta ( is the local organiser of EBIL and she will confirm your attendance to the conference at the end of September.

EBIL is supported by:
·         Consortium of Independent Health Information Libraries in London (CHILL)
·         Health Information and Libraries for Evaluation and Research (HEALER)
·         Health Libraries Group (HLG)
·         London Health Libraries (LHL)
·         Strategic Health Authorities Library Leads Staff Development Group (SHALL SDG)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

HLG Conference Student Bursaries 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Please can you forward this information to any relevant Library & Information Studies students as it presents an excellent opportunity to learn more about a career in Health Librarianship.

HLG is pleased to announce that it is extending the deadline for the applications for the 4 HLG Student Bursaries to attend the 2010 HLG Conference in Salford until 31st May. Each bursary has a value of approximately £300 and provides an opportunity for the librarians and information professionals of the future to attend a diverse range of presentations and meet professionals currently working in the field of health librarianship.

Applications are invited from part-time and full-time students currently studying a CILIP accredited course for a first degree or postgraduate qualification in library / information science in England, Wales or Scotland, including those graduating in 2010. Please see <>  for full details - applications must be received before 31st May 2010.

Please note the extended deadline is for the student bursaries only. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Frank or myself.

Kind Regards

Doug Knock
Healthcare Library Manager
Knowledge Services
Queen Elizabeth
South London Healthcare NHS Trust
tel 020 8836 6752


From: Discussion list for Health Libraries Group HLG members [HLG-MEMBERS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK] On Behalf Of Frank Norman [fnorman@NIMR.MRC.AC.UK]
Sent: 26 March 2010 16:10
Subject: Health Libraries Group conference and student bursaries

Four student bursaries are being offered to support LIS students to attend the HLG Conference which is to be held in Manchester on 19-20 July 2010.

Each bursary includes free registration for the conference and up to £200 to support travel and accommodation.

The extended deadline for bursary applications is Monday 31st May 2010.

Detailed instructions for applicants are on the CILIP HLG website:

More information about the conference is available here:

Frank Norman
Librarian, MRC National Institute for Medical Research
The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA,  UK
tel 020 8816 2227   fax 020 8816 2230   email

Saturday, March 06, 2010


Please see the message from David Bates on Autoresponders

Autoresponders basically send out a timed sequence of messages and, surprise surprise, are commonly used by people to automate their marketing on the internet.  The basic technique is to drive potential customers to your website – offer something like a free report / email course which people can sign-up to, and when they do the autoresponder sends out the messages you want in a timed sequence.  In this context it may take a lot of work to get a really good marketing message together that will lead to sales of whatever service / product you’re offering, but once it’s up and running there’s no further effort required.

In the context of libraries and information literacy there are a range of ways these could be used:

  1. Enabling people to sign-up to an e-course.  This could be a one-off thing, like an introductory video / podcast / whatever, or a sequence of activities over a period of time.
  2. Prompting people to carry out certain activities as part of an ongoing course – you could set-up an autoresponder which you could set off at the beginning of the FILE course for example – or even before the course starts (the pre-course assessment could be the first message in the sequence).  The emails could include things like a reminder of the deadline for the current component + a link to the page on the FILE website relating to the next session. The final emails could be asking people to complete their evaluation, possibly including a link to SurveyMonkey (or whatever) if it’s an online survey.

You’re really only limited by your imagination – but if you do have courses / events / whatever that take place over a fixed period of time, and you’re sending out the same information to a group of people in a timed sequence, this can be one way of reducing the administrative burden considerably.
One of the best known providers of an autoresponder is AWeber (, although there are plenty of others around too.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Information Mastery

Hi all,

Posted by Anne Weist on EBIL group in LinkedIn:

NPC site on 'Information Mastery'
I think that some of you will be interested in this site:

The one-hour ppt version of the Information Mastery course was helpful to me. Note particularly the "drilling" for evidence graphic.

Have a look at the site and the discussion that is developing from it.



Thursday, February 18, 2010

Health Libraries Group (HLG) Conference

Message from Stuart Glover:

At FILE yesterday when we were talking about being evidence-based librarians and assessing impact of what we do as evidence of our worth, I was struck by the fact that this years CILIP Health Libraries Group (HLG) Conference will touch upon some of these themes.

A draft programme has recently been published on our blog and it includes papers on information and ICT literacy and impact. Speakers also include Andrew Booth (the value of experienced librarians) and Alison Brettle (assessing impact of health information professionals).

The conference blog (which includes the draft programme) is at:

The conference website (which is where you can book/get full details is at:

If you have any queries please contact Stuart directly at: