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Alan Hopkinson 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) and Ivan Donadello (2018, to IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur).

Latest news: Applications for the 2019 Alan Hopkinson Award are now open


The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and its International Library and Information Group (ILIG) invite applicants from Europe to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) conference in Athens in 2019.  This award enables a qualified librarian, who is a CILIP member to visit IFLA.


Qualifying criteria & award amount


The selection panel encourages applications for the 2019 award from Europe only.  Given the emergence and importance of new professionals within international librarianship, applications for 2019 will be considered from qualified librarians of any age with up to five years post-qualification experience.


A panel comprising members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and members of the committee of its International Library and Information Group (ILIG) will consider applications. Their decision will be final and they will not enter into correspondence on it.


The award covers the IFLA conference fee and £100 towards travel and accommodation.


How to apply


Applicants should submit 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 headings of ‘Visit objectives’ ‘Planned approach and content' 'Application of learning post-visit’


You should attach a Curriculum Vitae 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. The deadline for the receipt of proposals for the 2019 Alan Hopkinson Award is 31st March 2019.  The successful applicant will be notified by the end of April 2019.


The Award winner will be required 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.


The proposal should be sent by e-mail to Anna Jablkowska, the ILIG Secretary at


Anthony Thompson 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.

CILIP Conference bursary award

Congratulations to Holger Aman, recipient of the CILIP ILIG bursary award for the 2018 CILIP Conference! Many thanks to all those who applied.

Early Bird signup for the CILIP Conference is available until 11 May 2018.

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