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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).


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


CILIP Conference 2019 ILIG Bursary Award

We are very pleased to announce that we can offer a free place to attend this year CILIP Conference for one of our members. The bursary place includes access to both days of the conference, lunch, refreshments and all sessions. It also includes a ticket to the evening reception on Wednesday 3rd July and one night’s accommodation at Motel One on Wednesday 3rd July.

We invite application from all CILIP ILIG members, including overseas members. We particularly encourage application from members who not previously attended the conference.


For a chance to win this bursary place:

Write 300 words or record 2 minutes’ video on following topic:

What international ideas have been inspirational in your work?

We are looking for inspirational ideas as well as good practice.

Send application before 31st March 2019 for address


What do the bursary covers? 

The bursary includes a complimentary place on both days of the conference

One nights’ accommodation at Motel One on Wednesday 3rd July and attendance to the drinks reception (additional nights can be booked at the expense of bursary winner)

The winner will be met and hosted by ILIG Committee Members at the Conference.

Travel expenses are NOT included with the CILIP bursary place.

Bursary does not cover VISA expenses and ILIG does not take any responsibility for VISA application.

- The deadline for submission is 31st March 2019.

- Application need to be submitted to

- Please include your full details with post and place of work.

- Please mark your emails with the subject line CILIP Conference bursary.

- ILIG Committee will review and judge all the applications.

- Winner will be announced on 12th of April.


Any unsuccessful applicants will still be able to take advantage of the early bird rate.

The winner will be expected to actively comment at conference (Tweet, blog, post) to allow any member that cannot attend to follow the event. The winner will be asked to write a short report of their experience of the conference for publication in Focus – ILIG’s journal.


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.

Latest news: This Award will not run in 2019 as a result of a lack of suitable applications.  ILIG Committee are investigating ways to more effectively market this Award.

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