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Alan Hopkinson (IFLA) Award

Following Alan Hopkinson's death in 2016, a trust fund was set up to enable one CILIP member per year to attend the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC). Alan Hopkinson was an active member of CILIP ILIG from 2004 until his death. As well as regularly attending IFLA conferences, he was very interested in assisting young professional librarians from developing countries. He was involved in the Commonwealth Fellowship scheme and in training young professionals from Eastern Europe.

Previous Award Winners include Charlotte Brown (2017, IFLA WLIC in Wroclaw, Poland), Ivan Donadello (2018, to IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur) and Laura Cagnazzo (2019, IFLA WLIC  in Athens, Greece). 

You can read more about their exploits in Focus.

2020 Applications: now open

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and its International Library and Information Group (ILIG) invite applicants, particularly from outside of the United Kingdom, to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Conference in Dublin from 15th-21st August 2020.

This Award enables a qualified librarian, who is a CILIP member to attend the IFLA World Library Conference. The Award covers the IFLA conference fee and £100 towards travel and accommodation.

Applicants must have:

A maximum of five years post-qualification experience: the Award is aimed at newly qualified professionals of any age.

The Panel

A panel comprising three CILIP Staff and/or members plus ILIG Committee members will consider applications. Their decision will be final and they will not enter into correspondence on it.

How to Apply

Email: Anna Jablkowska, ILIG Secretary – – with:

1. A formal proposal in English of up to 500 words (equivalent to 1–2 pages of A4 paper) detailing how the visit will support their professional development within the context of their career to date and using the three headings of ‘Visit objectives’, ‘Planned approach and content', and 'Application of learning post-visit’

2. Attach a Curriculum Vitae (CV) of up to two pages in length, including the names of two referees in senior posts.  Applicants are encouraged to seek the support of their line-manager or organisation, prior to submitting an application. 

Deadline:  Applications must be received by 31st March 2020.  Applicants will be notified by the end of April 2020.  The winner of the Award is expected to write a reflective report of not more than 4,000 words within six months of their visit, and a version for publication in Focus on International Library and Information Work, the ILIG journal.


Anthony Thompson (UK) Award 

This award, usually made every three years, enables a qualified library and information professional from outside the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) to visit and study some aspects of UK library and information work for two to three weeks.

Anthony Thompson was the first full-time Secretary-General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) from 1962 to 1970.  Following his death, in 1979, a trust fund was set up for the study of international and comparative librarianship. This is is the origin of the Anthony Thompson Award.

The Award is a CILIP award, managed for CILIP by ILIG. It was first awarded in 1983, and has been made, usually every three years, since.

Avis Holder, the Project Manager (Digitization) in the Library Archiving Unit for the Office of the Parliament for Trinidad and Tobago, was the Anthony Thompson Award Winner in 2016. She visited in July 2016 and met with librarians from throughout the UK, as well as attending the 2016 CILIP Conference in Brighton.

2020 Applications: this Award will run in 2020 and will invite applications from the region of Europe – please watch this space. 


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