The Travelling Librarian Award is an opportunity for a CILIP member to build professional relationships between library and information professionals in the UK and their counterparts on a study tour in the United States or a Commonweatlh country.
Applications for 2013 are now closed. Applications for the 2014 Travelling Librarian Award will open in January 2014.
About the Award
The English Speaking Union (ESU) and CILIP invite applications for the Travelling Librarian Award, from UK library and information professionals who are personal members of CILIP. The Award is usually around £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.
For further information contact: Guy Daines, Head of Policy, CILIP email@example.com 020 7255 0632
Eligibility and how to apply
Applicants must be: a) UK library and information professionals and; b) in membership of CILIP at the time of application. Applications are now closed for 2013.
The application process is:
- Applying via email with a CV and supporting statement.
- All eligibly applications are then considered and a shortlist is drawn up.
- All candidates are contacted shortly after the application deadline.
- Shortlisted candidates are then called to interview to discuss their application in person.
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. The supporting letter should outline the intended focus of the study tour and potential relevant institutions. 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. 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.