Travelling Librarian Award

Apply now for the £3,000 travelling award to the US or Commonwealth.

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) and CILIP invite applications for the 2017 Travelling Librarian Award. The deadline for applications is Monday 15 May 2017.

About the Award

The Travelling Librarian Award is awarded by CILIP and the English Speaking Union (ESU) for UK library and information professionals who are personal members of CILIP. The Award is £3,000 to cover flights and some accommodation within the US and the Commonwealth. 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. Normally the visit lasts about 2-3 weeks and takes place during the Autumn.

Candidates must look at the Notes for Applicants available on the ESU Website

They should apply via email with a CV, cover letter and reference letter from their current or most recent employer to All candidates will be informed of the result, and shortlisted candidates called to interview in London at the ESU on Thursday 22 June 2017 to discuss their application further in person.

A professional development opportunity

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 020 7255 0632

Previous Winners

The Travelling Librarian Award 2016 was awarded to Leanne Young, Sunderland University's dedicated distance services librarian, whose role also supports the information skills of Sunderland's tourism, hospitality and events students. Leanne travelled to the US in November 2016 and explored innovative distance learning initiatives and practices at six higher education libraries, from Arizona to San Francisco.

Leanne Young's report will be published here as soon as it becomes available.

You will find the reports of other earlier winners in the links below.

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