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Information Literacy Award

The Information Literacy Award recognises an outstanding UK-based practitioner or researcher.

Information Literacy Award 2020 - Winner announced!

We are please to announce that the wineer of the Information Literacy Award 2020 is...

Clare McCluskey-Dean (York St John University). Our 2020 Award Winners will be invited to attend the presentation of Awards at LILAC 2021.

Clare McCluskey-Dean

Here are a few words from our winner;

"I am very proud indeed to receive this award. There are many people with whom I work, at my institution and beyond, who make it possible for me to research and practise information literacy with a critical approach. We still have a very long way to go in tackling structual inequalities in information production, access and use, not least in our profession itself, but these people are vital in efforts to do this. Thanks to them all. And if anyone is interested in joining forces to do more research in this area, please contact me."

Congratulations Clare!

And an excerpt from our judges' comments;

"Clare's work is in the ground-breaking category. The way in which she has created the community of practice is truly innovative."

Dina Martzoukou & Geoff Walton, Award Judges


The nominees for the Information Literacy Award for 2020 were;

  • Elizabeth Hutchinson (Independent Adviser and Trainer for School Libraries)

  • Anita Saycell (Aberystwyth University)

  • Clare McCluskey-Dean (York St John University)

  • Rebecca Asher/Alex Clegg (Sense about Science)

  • Sarah Pittaway, Allie Taylor, Sarah Purcell, Jennifer Dumbelton, Jo Dunn, Shona Raymond, Clive Kennard, Kathryn Devine (University of Worcester)


The CILIP Information Literacy Group is proud to offer an award for achievement in the field of information literacy (IL). IL “is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed views and to engage fully in society”. IL applies within a number of contexts, including:

  • Everyday – when people find information online

  • Citizenship – helping people to understand the world around us

  • Education – developing critical thinking skills at all stages of education, from school to higher education.

  • The workplace - contributing to employability

  • Health – finding reliable sources of health information.

(CILIP Definition of Information Literacy 2018).

The award is open to all practitioners, researchers and academics working in the IL field within the United Kingdom. Nominations may be from any sector. We welcome nominations for individuals as well as for groups/teams. The winning individual or team will receive £500 for personal use and £500 for their nominated charity.


Nominations must demonstrate impact, innovation, initiative and originality in one or more of the following areas:

  • Raising the profile of IL within an organisation / community or sector

  • Initiating or contributing to national, regional or local projects / initiatives which enhance IL skills for an identified client group(s)

  • Undertaking original research in the field of IL and making a significant contribution to the literature.

There should be evidence that the nominated individual or team is committed to sharing knowledge and expertise and/or disseminating their learning and/or research within their organisation and beyond.

Nominations will be judged upon evidence of impact within the past 3 years only.

Format for nominations

Individuals and teams may self-nominate or be nominated by colleagues. Nominations should take the form of:


A written statement of evidence of the nominee contribution(s) in one or more of the areas above. This should not exceed 1500 words and may include visual elements e.g. videos, graphics etc. where appropriate - please provide URLs to these where necessary.


A short video (10 minutes maximum) addressing the nominee contribution(s) in one or more of the areas above. If this option is selected, the video should be uploaded to YouTube as unlisted content and the URL provided on the application form.

How to apply

To make a nomination for the Information Literacy Award 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'.

The closing date is Friday 14th February, 2020 (17:00 GMT).

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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