The CILIP Blogger Challenge 2014

Loud Speaker by Raman Sharma

The CILIP Blogger Challenge was a competition giving you the opportunity to talk about important library, knowledge and information issues. The deadline for entries was Friday 7 November 2014.

About the winner

This blog by Jenny O'Neill is the winner of the CILIP Blogger Challenge: Is digitisation the answer or is digital preservation the question?

It was chosen by our judging panel out of over 70 submissions. Jenny has recently completed a Masters in Library and Information Studies and is currently working working as Data Curator at Trinity College Dublin.

Highly commended entries

The 4 "highly commended" blog posts (in no particular order) are:

  1. Managing agricultural indigenous knowledge in my rural library by Eric Nelson Haumba
  2. Architecture, memory and metaphor in the digital domain by Nadia Holmes
  3. Libraries and archives could teach gamers a thing or two by Ros Malone
  4. Sharing stories: how libraries can help new parents live happily ever after by Katy Loudon

Judging criteria and guidelines

Each submission was judged on the quality of the writing and the criteria below:

  1. Be short and focussed on one issue
    • The word limit is 500-1500 words
  2. Have a short, meaningful and descriptive title
    • Less than 70 characters (including spaces)
  3. Be relevant
    • It should focus on important issues relating to libraries, knowledge and information and the relevance of these issue to wider society.
  4. Be bold and encourage debates
    • It should be bold; making a clear argument backed up by facts, stats and sources
    • It should encourage comments and debate
  5. Be original
    • It should provide a new and original perspective
    • It should not have been published anywhere else previously, including on your own blog.
  6. Make complex concepts and ideas accessible to non-experts
    • Use simple, everyday language
    • Try to explain all acronyms and technical language

We also asked all entrants to try and write for screen reading, bearing in mind that people read differently on a screen compared to reading on paper. For instance:

  • Use sub-headings to break the blog into meaningful chunks of information
  • Try the inverted pyramid structure – start with the conclusion, cover the most important and interesting information first and provide more detail later in the piece
  • Find out more about how users read on the web.

What were the prizes?

The writer of the winning submission will win an iPad mini or Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (depending on the winner’s preference). 

A group of highly commended submissions was also selected. Each "highly commended" entrant will receive one Facet Book of their choice up to a value of £60.

See terms and conditions.

Why did CILIP run this competition?

We wanted to promote:

  • Lively and thought-provoking discussion about issues relevant to the library, information and knowledge sectors
  • The value of the skills, expertise and knowledge of library, information and knowledge professionals to issues that impact on our day to day lives.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about the competition please email

Please note: original prize advertised as iPad 2 but this was subsequently changed to iPad mini.


Image source: "Speak up, make your voice heard" by howardlake, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Original cropped and resized