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Honorary Fellowship

Honorary Fellowship

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.



Honorary Fellowship is the highest recognition that CILIP can give to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the library and information world.

It can sometimes be awarded to members of the profession as a reflection of the respect and regard of their colleagues for a particularly important contribution over a long period of time.

It is also the means by which CILIP can recognise those people who are not in the information profession but have supported and contributed to its development and profile.

Honorary Fellows do not have to be CILIP members but must have some kind of relationship or link to the profession.

Further information for the criteria of Honorary Fellowships can be found below, with the nomination form and a guidance note at the end of the page.

Award criteria

Nominations for Honorary Fellows have to demonstrate at least one or more of the following:

  • That their work or activity has raised the profile of the information profession in some way.
  • That their work or activity has had a significant and positive impact on the profession.
  • That they have made a difference to the world of libraries, information and knowledge through their work or activities.

Nominees could include:

  • A person with a long history of outstanding leadership in the profession who has recognition in society and has raised the profile of information professionals.
  • A person who has campaigned or supported campaigns in line with CILIP's charitable objections to improve society by making better practice or services.
  • A person who has made an outstanding contribution to change in society because of their role as an information professional.
  • A person who is an 'unsung hero' who has perhaps supported others in ways that have 'gone the extra mile'.

2017 Honorary Fellowships

At CILIP's AGM on the 11th October Honorary Fellowships were awarded to:

John Crawford - John’s professional involvement began in the mid-90s when he joined the LIHG committee and served as chair from 2000 onwards. He founded the two main awards - annual library history essay and the James Olle award for students. He served on CILIP Council (2003-7) and chaired the Professional Practice Committee and served on the Executive Board (2006-7). He served on the new Council 2010-2013, on the Finance Task and Finish Group and on working parties on IL.

Patrick Mitchell - Executive Director for Health Education England (HEE) and Regional Director for the South of England. Patrick Mitchell is not a librarian.

Sandra Ward - Sandra has a long and distinguished career in information management. Her passion and commitment to information and information management practices within organisations is clear in every conversation, meeting, presentation, and article that Sandra undertakes in her professional capacity. She has worked tirelessly for the industry over the years, but remains out of the spotlight preferring the benefits of her contribution to be shared across the profession as a whole.

Professor Maria Musoke - Professor Maria G. N. Musoke is an inspirational ground-breaking health information professional and academic from Uganda who has always played an active role in mentoring and developing colleagues.

Guy Daines - Throughout his career, first at Camden Council and then at CILIP, Guy has championed libraries and the rights of library users. He has helped shape CILIP policy on issues ranging from Ethics to Evidence and Diversity to the emerging role of Knowledge and Information Management. As a community, we owe a significant debt of thanks to Guy for everything he has done to advance the cause of libraries and librarianship.


Guidance note for Honorary Fellowships

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