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Closing date: Monday 28 April, 2014
Run in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, the Travelling Librarian Award builds relationships between library and information professionals in the UK and their counterparts in the US and across the Commonwealth through a professional development study tour.
The award of £3000 covers flights and some accommodation. Normally the visits last 2-3 weeks and take place during the autumn. The successful candidate is free to put together their own programme of visits (although help and advice is available). Where possible, the recipient is encouraged to take up hospitality with ESU branches in the US and international ESUs across the Commonwealth.
How to apply
The closing date for 2014 applications is Monday 28 April, 2014. To be eligible to apply, candidates must be:
a) UK library and information professionals and;
b) a member of CILIP at time of application.
- Apply by email or post with a CV, cover letter, and reference letter from your current/most recent employee.
- Send your completed application to email@example.com or Education, ESU, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED. References may be emailed/posted separately if needed.
- Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at the ESU in London on 20 May, 2014.
A selection panel will judge all applications objectively on how well they further the aims and purposes of the award, and the evidence provided in support of this. Your cover letter should outline the intended focus of your study tour, proposed location, and potential relevant institutions. It would set out initial thoughts relating to the planning of the project and look at the benefits of the project to the broader profession (and other relevant stakeholders) as well as the award recipient.
On return, the successful candidate will be expected to give some presentations and produce a short report. Usually, a Travelling Librarian reception is held each year when the most recent recipient has the opportunity to make a short presentation on their study visit. Past recipients have found the study tour a rewarding personal and professional experience which has often helped to advance their career. For further information please visit CILIP's website.
This year's Travelling Librarian, Kirsten McCormick is the General Services Librarian at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, the host city for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. She is using the award to complete a tour of Australia to learn about the process of building and maintaining collections around an international sporting event. Click here to follow Kirsten's blog!
"The Travelling Librarian Award offers a unique opportunity to visit the libraries and archives of Australia with its rich Commonwealth sporting history. I hope to gain a wealth of information and first-hand experiences to share with colleagues in libraries and museums back home".
Click here to read the full press release.
George Roe is Senior Indexer at the House of Commons Library and studied how libraries in the United States enriched the democratic process during the 2012 Presidential elections. He was keen to learn how US libraries have engaged people from a variety of backgrounds, especially those generally considered to be marginalised from the democratic process.
“I am extremely passionate about the role that libraries and information professionals play in the role of any truly democratic nation. I am thrilled to have won the ESU CILIP Travelling Librarian Award and I cannot wait to investigate this further and hopefully bring back some learning and best practise to our sector and to the House.” George Roe.
Click here to see George's blog.