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Photo:  Imrana Ghumra (Co-Chair of HLG) with prize winners at the HLG 2016 Conference held in Scarborough.

HLG offers a number of grants and bursaries to support the continuing professional development of our members. These include conference bursaries to attend both national and international conferences, financial assistance to support unemployed members attending our courses. Additional awards include the Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize to recognise outstanding services to medical librarianship and the biennial Research in the Workplace Award (RIWA) to support small UK based workplace research projects with the aim of developing a strong evidence base for health information practice. 


Bishop and LeFanu Lecture

The Bishop and LeFanu Memorial Lecture was established in 1968 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Medical Section of the Library Association, in which William John Bishop played a significant role. Leslie Morton suggested and endorsed having Bishop commemorated by a lecture or similar memorial.  This was then put into effect.  It was decided that the lecture should be given annually, if possible on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting.


Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize

Established in 1962, this prize is awarded by the Health Libraries Group Committee in recognition of outstanding services to medical librarianship and is awarded every three years.  

We would like to thank everyone who submitted their nominations for this prestigious award which will be made at the 2018 Health Libraries Group Conference at Keele University.  This year's winner was Richard Osborn (former London Strategic Lead for Library Services and e-Learning) for his outstanding contribution to medical librarianship.

EAHIL Bursaries

EAHIL Bursaries 2018

Applications have now closed to apply for the EAHIL bursary 2018.   The winner of the bursary  to attend the 2018 European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) Conference in Cardiff  will be announced shortly.

Grants and Financial Assistance (conference/training course attendance)

HLG offers free places and grants for HLG members and students to attend conferences and training courses.

HLG International Award

The HLG International Award was established in 2012 and is run in partnership with CILIP’s International Libraries Group (ILIG) and Partnerships in Health Information (Phi). 

HLG sponsored Bursary Place - CILIP conference

CILIP’s Health Libraries Group has recently awarded one full CILIP 2018 Conference ticket to a lucky HLG member. The winner's details will be announced shortly.  

HLG Conference bursaries 

Applications for bursaries to attend the HLG 2018 conference in Keele are now closed.  The winners will be announced shortly.

International Clinical Librarians Conference (ICLC) Bursaries

Two bursaries to support HLG members to attend the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) in Leicester between 21st & 22nd September 2017 were awarded.

Leslie Morton Bursary

Applications are now closed for the 2018 Leslie Morton bursary. The Bursary was established to encourage attendance at international conferences in health librarianship, medical bibliography or medical history and awards up to £1,000 to the successful recipient. The 2018 winner will be announced shortly.

Research in the Workplace Award

Applications are now open for the 2018 Research in the Workplace Award (RIWA). Sponsored by HLG, UHMLG and LIRG.


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