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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.
To be eligible to apply, candidates must be:
a) UK library and information professionals and;
b) a personal member of CILIP at time of application.
How to apply
It is essential for applicants to read the notes for applicants. This not only provides more details about the scholarship, but it also provides the selection criteria for applicant's proposals, to which candidates should refer in their covering letters.
Frances Tout, Community Librarian at North Somerset Council, was the Travelling Librarian 2015. Please click here to read a report of her trip.
2014's Travelling Librarian was Elizabeth Williams, a subject librarian at Goldsmiths', University of London. Elizabeth travelled to South Africa, where she explored its HE outreach initiative to promote literacies needed for Higher Education, and the role of libraries and librarians in this. Please click here to read more about Elizabeth's trip.
2013's Travelling Librarian, Kirsten McCormick, is the General Services Librarian at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. She used 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 read Kirsten's blog!
"The Travelling Librarian award opened up lots of new opportunities in my workplace, particularly in the area of collection planning and management and also working with colleagues from other departments including our Special Collections department and the City Archives. The opportunity to speak publicly at events, including for the ESU Scotland members, has been a great confidence booster and I have made a huge number of contacts both at home and in Australia expanding my professional network. I've also been invited to contribute to various publications based on my experiences and it has not only been a pleasure to share with colleagues, but also a fantastic source of evidence for my imminent chartership submission to CILIP."
Kirsten's full report can be found here.
Kirsten will now continue to be involved with the Commonwealth Games collection; planning how to select, preserve and make the items accessible in the future and she has also been invited to submit an article for inclusion in the Australian Library and Information Association's magazine INCITE later this summer.
She is planning her next big project at the Mitchell Library which will be to get involved with Wikimedia UK projects. The inspiration for this project originates from her travels in Australia where Kirsten met with Liam Wyatt, Vice President of Wikimedia Australia and formerly the first wikipedian-in-residence at the British Museum.