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Information Literacy Award winners

18 June 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gus MacDonald
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ILG award winners

The winners of this year's LILAC Information Literacy Awards focus on health and Higher Education.

The annual awards are run by CILIP's Information Literacy Group and recognise the best work happening in the field of information literacy across sectors. The group runs two awards – one for an individual and one that focuses on a digital resource.

The Information Literacy award – made to an individual and sponsored by ILG and Athenaeum – went to Emily Hurt, ­Clinical Librarian at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her work on a “high-impact ILG-funded ­project to increase research capacity and capability” for the trust’s nurses, ­midwives and allied health professionals impressed judges and was enough to win the award and £500 plus a donation of £500 to the charity of her choice.

The project centred on designing and ­delivering skills workshops to help ­empower clinical staff with new skills and knowledge. One of this year’s co-judges Dina Martzoukou said: “This direction is innovative as it encourages staff to be ­research active and this is one of the emerging roles of librarians. It offers a good case in terms of the wider implications and ­value of information literacy.” (See “60 Seconds” with Emily Hurt)

The Digital Award for IL, sponsored by The Open University, was awarded to the Leap Online project based at the ­University of Bolton. The scheme ­promotes ­students learning development and information ­literacy skills through a digital portal that features a range of resources ­including ­video, online tests and information. It ­covers four areas of student life – ­personal development, ­academic development, ­student engagement and digital literacy. Each is broken down into a series of subsections such as ­research needs and virtual learning.

ILG award winners

The team behind the project, Mary Barden, Dawn Grundy, Graeme Prescott and Emily McIntosh, impressed judges with the work they had put in. Co-judge Katherine Reedy said: “This is well thought-through and the front end is visually appealing. It has a strong underpinning framework that enables students to develop their skills in a scaffolded way, with clear links to the curriculum and to employability. There is evidence of positive student engagement with the resource through badges gained and survey feedback.” The winning team also received a cash prize of £500 and a donation of the same amount to charity.

Published: 18 June 2018

Related content: 60 Seconds with Emily Hurt

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