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LILAC are pleased to offer bursaries for conference places to applicants in certain under-represented sectors and communities. Find out more about bursary opportunities here.

Bursary winners announced!

We're thrilled to announce the winners of the LILAC 2019 bursaries:

Baljinder Bains

Baljinder BainsAs Librarian Team Leader at Burton and South Derbyshire College, Baljinder Bains leads the Study Centres team with responsibility for overseeing library provision across two campuses based in Burton upon Trent. Previously involved in Curriculum delivery at the College, she is an experienced member of the FE sector. Baljinder is passionate about student engagement through reading programmes and promoting information and digital literacy across all College platforms.



Sarah Fox

Sarah FoxSarah Fox has been working in school libraries for over 12 years, and is currently Head Librarian at Ardingly College in West Sussex. Previously to that she worked as a Community Librarian in Kent, a Library Assistant in a university and in the much-missed Borders Books. Her favourite thing about working in a school is her interaction with the pupils; whether running a book group, teaching research skills, or just helping them find the ‘right’ book. The one thing that drives her mad is students using their mobile phones in the library and pretending it’s for ‘research’!


YiWen Hon

YiWen HonYiWen Hon is the librarian for the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist cancer hospital in London which, through the Royal Marsden School, also runs courses on cancer, palliative care and advanced practice for nurses and allied health professionals. Information literacy teaching is an important part of her role and she is always searching for interesting approaches to engage healthcare professionals in developing their critical thinking and information skills. She has an interest in critical pedagogy and how this can be integrated into healthcare information literacy.


Neena Morris

Neena MorrisNeena Morris is a qualified and chartered librarian with over ten years’ experience in public, school and university libraries. Alongside her library employment, she has worked in a variety of capacities with children and young people, specialising in support for those with additional needs. She is passionate about information literacy and reading for wellbeing. She sits on CILIP’s Ethics Committee, JISC’s Student Experience Experts Group, and has contributed to the diversity review of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards.



Ros Parkes

Ros ParkesRos Parkes works in a single staff library in a small market town in Devon. Before working in libraries, she had various roles in the charity sector, mostly focused on volunteer recruitment and volunteer management. Ros is also a school governor and a trustee of a small grant giving organisation.

Earlier this year Ros started working towards CILIP Certification. Through engaging in this process she has developed an interest in how public libraries and public library staff help their customers, who may be taking their first steps online, navigate the online world and critically assess what they are reading. She is delighted to be receiving a bursary to attend LILAC and very much looks forward to learning more about supporting customers online.


Congratulations to all our winners! 


LILAC Bursaries

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:

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

The conference place includes 3 days attendance of all LILAC sessions, social events (networking evening and conference dinner) and accommodation at Cripps Hall. Travel expenses up to the value of £100 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.

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 papers 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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