About the Award

The English Speaking Union (ESU) and CILIP invite applications for the Travelling Librarian Award 2014, from UK library and information professionals who are personal members of CILIP. The Award is £3000 to cover flights and some accommodation. The successful candidate is free to put together their own programme of visits although help and advice will be available.

The ESU has a network of international branches and, where possible, the candidate is encouraged to take up hospitality with branches and attend local ESU events. The successful candidate is expected to cover further incidental costs. Normally the visit lasts about 2-3 weeks and takes place during the Autumn.

Eligibility and how to apply

The closing date for 2014 applications is Monday 28 April, 2014. To be eligible to apply, candidates must be:

a) UK library and information professionals and;

b) a member of CILIP at the time of application.

Candidates should:

- Apply by email or post with a CV, cover letter, and reference letter from your current/ most recent employer

- Send your completed application to education@esu.org or Education, ESU, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED. References may be emailed/ posted separatey if needed.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at the ESU in London on 20 May, 2014



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. Your cover letter should outline the intended focus of your study tour, proposed location, and potential relevant institutions to be visited. It would set out initial thoughts relating to the planning of the project and look at the benefits of the project to the broader profession (and other relevant stakeholders) as well as the award recipient. 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 relevant and 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. 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.

If you have any queries contact: Guy Daines, Head of Policy, CILIP guy.daines@cilip.org.uk 020 7255 0632