Travelling Librarian Award 2015
Frances Tout, Community Librarian at North Somerset Library Service is the winner of this year's Travelling Librarian Award. Frances is particularly keen on enabling communities to use library spaces in new ways; as places where people can share ideas, skills, talents and knowledge. Highlights of Frances' tour will include visits to a number of public libraries on the East Coast; the Red Hook Library and Bronx Library Centre in New York, the Free Library of Philadelphia and Chattanooga Public Libraries.
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 Commonwealth country.
About the Award
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.
Follow the link below to access the ESU webpages on the Travelling Librarian Award.
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 email@example.com 020 7255 0632
2014's Travelling Librarian was Elizabeth Williams, a subject librarian at Goldsmith's University of London. Elizabeth visited the University of Pretoria to explore their HE outreach activities especially in regard to the promotion of literacies. Her study trip took place in early March 2015. Her report is posted below.
You will find the reports of earlier winners in the links below.