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CILIP announces Honorary Fellowships including Library Champion Bobby Seagull

06 October 2020  
Posted by: Natalie Jones
CILIP announces Honorary Fellowships including Library Champion Bobby Seagull

Bobby Seagull and CILIP are delighted to announce that he will be continuing in the role of CILIP Library Champion for 2020-21. In recognition of his services to libraries, Bobby is also being awarded Honorary Fellowship of CILIP, alongside Margaret Casely-Hayford, CBE and Pamela Martindale.

The country’s best-loved Maths teacher and University Challenge Star, Bobby Seagull, lent his support to libraries as the new CILIP Library Champion in October 2019, with the launch of his 10-point Manifesto for Libraries. Bobby called on Ministers, Members of Parliament and representatives in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take up the opportunity to transform lives across the UK by investing in the future of our libraries.

Despite facing unprecedented challenges this year, Bobby has successfully led the charge for public libraries, with much energy and enthusiasm. Bobby supported the launch of CILIP and The Big Issue’s report at the House of Lords, Public Libraries: The Case For Support, in late 2019, making the case for long-term sustainable funding for libraries; and delivered a petition to Number 10 in February this year, fighting for a return to pre-austerity level funding for libraries.

On receiving news of his Honorary Fellowship, Bobby commented:

“I am genuinely moved and honoured to accept an Honorary Fellowship from CILIP. My family were thrilled when they found out, as libraries have been an important part of the fabric of our family life. I hope to be able to continue my work both with CILIP and more widely promoting the vital role libraries play in their communities.”

Alongside Bobby, Honorary Fellowships are also being awarded to Margaret Casely-Hayford, CBE, for services to children’s literature and illustration through her leadership of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Diversity Review; and Pamela Martindale, for her sustained and significant contribution to the library, information and knowledge profession through professional registration.

Margaret Casely-Hayford, CBE, has been a non-executive member of the Board of the Co-op Group since 2016, and was appointed Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe in January 2018, the same year in which she was appointed Chancellor of Coventry University. Her portfolio includes advising young entrepreneurs, and supporting and advising organisations on governance and advising those, in particular women and BAME or LGTBQ+ people, who wish to embark upon board careers. She is passionate about establishing diversity on boards and is an ambassador of Board Apprentice.

In 2017-18 she chaired an independent diversity review of CILIP’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, examining diversity, inclusion and representation within the awards governance and processes and following a collaborative consultation, issued ten recommendations to CILIP to ensure that diversity and inclusion are central to the Awards. Margaret’s contribution to the Awards and services to children’s literature and illustration have been transformative.

On receiving Honorary Fellowship of CILIP, Margaret commented:

“I am overwhelmed and deeply honoured to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of CILIP. I was so pleased to work with CILIP to lead the diversity review of the country’s oldest children’s book awards in a consultative and inclusive way. CILIP responded well to our demanding recommendations, which could so easily have been left on a 'too hard’ shelf; and as a consequence CILIP has shown itself to be a leader! I am proud to be an honorary librarian!”

Pamela Martindale has been a member of the Professional Registration and Accreditation Board (PRAB) since 2004. Her experience as a senior manager in Cornwall public libraries, and her work with professional registration across the South West region has contributed to the knowledge she has brought to her PRAB work. Pam is valued by the Board and by CILIP as the knowledge base for all Professional Registration matters.

On receiving her Honorary Fellowship, Pamela commented:

‘I was overwhelmed and delighted to hear I had been awarded an Honorary Fellowship. Having been a member of CILIP for 40 years, libraries have played a huge part in my personal and professional life, and it has been a privilege to be involved in the development of the current Professional Registration process. As a Board member I have assessed some inspiring Fellowship applications, and never felt worthy of it myself, so I would like to thank those colleagues who have put me forward for this honour.’

Honorary Fellowship has been awarded by CILIP and its predecessor the Library Association since 1896. It is the highest recognition given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the library and information world.

Recipients of the title join a roll call of important figures including three time former Prime Minster Rt. Hon Stanley Baldwin, Scottish philanthropist and library founder Andrew Carnegie, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal system used in library classification, Melvil Dewey; the poet, novelist and librarian Philip Larkin, novelist Dame Catherine Cookson and children’s illustrator and author Shirley Hughes.

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Notes to Editors

  1. CILIP

    CILIP, the library and information association, is the leading voice for the information, knowledge management and library profession. Our goal is to put information and library skills and professional values at the heart of a democratic, equal and prosperous society. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014.

  2. About the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards and Shadowing Scheme

    The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals and the country’s oldest children’s book awards. The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to a children’s book author whose writing creates an outstanding reading experience. It was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). The Kate Greenaway Medal, established in 1955, is named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful children's illustrations and designs. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually to a children’s book illustrator whose artwork creates an outstanding reading experience.

Published: 06 October 2020

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