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Past Winners

Find out all about our past winners and runners-up.

Established in 2008 these prestigious awards honour those special people who are making a significant contribution to Information Literacy within any sector.


Information Literacy Award Winners

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

The winner in 2019 was the Open University Library’s Live Engagement Team. The winning team design and deliver live online teaching sessions to OU staff and students. They have a remit for experimenting with online technologies and new ways of engaging the OU community.

 Other shortlisted nominees were:

  • Karen Hardman, Lorna Thomson & Louise Minta (Resource Librarians, Bury College)
  • Dr Charles Inskip (Associate Professor, University College London)
  • Professor Annemaree Lloyd (Social Science Researcher, University College London)
  • Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian in Residence, University of Edinburgh)
  • Newcastle University Library Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) Liaison Team
  • Darryl Toerien (Head of Libraries and Archives, Oakham School, Rutland)


Previous winners:

  • 2018 - Emily Hurt (Clinical Librarian, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • 2017 - Helen Howard (Leeds University Library). The runner-up was Jo Parker (Open University).
  • 2016 - Yin Min Tun (University of Manchester). The runner-up was Elizabeth Hutchinson (Guille-Alles Library, St Peter Port).
  • 2015 - Katharine Reedy (Open University). The runner-up was Sarah George (University of Bradford).
  • 2014 - Dr Jane Secker (London School of Economics and Political Science). The runner-up was Nazlin Bhimani (Institute of Education, University of London).
  • 2013 - Kim McGowan (University of Cumbria). The runner-up was Michelle Schneider (University of Leeds). 
  • 2012 - Andrew Walsh (University of Huddersfield). The runner-up was Judy Atkinson (Royal College of Nursing).
  • 2011 - Duncan Chappell (Glasgow School of Art). The runner-up was Sonja Haerkoenen (Cardiff University).
  • 2010 - Anthony Beal (Formerly West Cheshire College).
  • 2009 - Ronan O'Beirne (Bradford College).
  • 2008 - Nigel Morgan (Cardiff University).


Digital Award of Information Literacy Winners

The Digital Award for Information Literacy rewards an innovative/high impact digital resource developed by a UK-based individual or group.

The winner in 2019 was Terry Charlton for Newcastle University Library’s Online Learning Resources. Our judges commented: “We particularly liked the research Terry and the Newcastle team had done to understand student needs and preferences, and the convincing evidence of impact, demonstrated through impressive usage figures and integration of the resources into teaching”.

Other shortlisted nominees were:

Previous winners:


Student Sponsored Places

The 2019 Student Award provided a sponsored place at LILAC for two students registered on a UK study programme. This award (sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group) consists of full conference registration, travel and accommodation expenses.

The 2019 winners were:

Hannah Slater and Gemma Pearce who were both studying for an MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL.

Previous winners:

  • 2018 - Lisa Gardner (Ulster University) and Bethany Sherwood (City, University of London)
  • 2017 - Bethan Davies (Aberystwyth University) and Leanne Workman (Aberystwyth University).
  • 2016 - Amy O'Donohoe (Robert Gordon University), Amy Rippon (City University, London) and Anna Theis (Manchester Metropolitan University).
  • 2015 - Lucinda May (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Maria Nagle (University of Sheffield).
  • 2014 - Penny Andrews (University of Sheffield) and Amanda Brennan (Robert Gordon University).
  • 2013 - Darren Flynn (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Roisin Cassidy (University of Sheffield). 
  • 2012 -Thasya Elliott (London Metropolitan University).
  • 2011 - Matthew Harvey (Aberystwyth University).
  • 2010 - Jo Alcock (Aberystwyth University).
  • 2009 - in 2009 additional sponsorship meant that there were 7 places available, the winners were; Marion Funnell, Owen Coxall, Samantha Abrahams, Veronica Cunnigham, Katie Fraser, Su Fagg, and Susan Clayton.

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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