To celebrate the 125th anniversary of receiving the Royal Charter, earlier this year the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals asked for nominations for a list of 125 Library and Information Professionals who are leading in the sector nationwide.
'We asked our members and colleagues to nominate individuals within the profession to recognise and honour a new generation of librarians, information and knowledge management professionals who drive positive change, make a difference and have an impact across all sectors ... These 125 colleagues who come from all areas of the sector have been nominated for building positive relationships to support young people; for their work in supporting and nurturing colleagues who are new to the profession; for campaigning for diversity and inclusivity; and for embracing new digital skills' (CILIP, 2023).
Sinead English (Academic Librarian Faculty of Health and Wellbeing) was awarded one of the medals, recognising her contributions in the sector. Sinead is current Chair of CILIP North West, and leads on library initiatives throughout the North West region through developing training and organising events to enhance understanding and knowledge transfer within the sector. Alongside leading development within the region, she is also engaged with critical learning within the sector and applying the learning to her Academic Librarian role. Furthermore, she is passionate about developing student information literacy skills, raising awareness of health literacy, and furthering accessibility and inclusion.
"I'm really proud to have received this medal and feel incredibly humbled. I will continue to make positive change and contributions through my committee work, and as an Academic Librarian at the University of Bolton."
Bethany O'Donoghue (Academic Librarian Off-Campus Division) was also a recipient of the medals. Beth is current Secretary of CILIP North West, and coordinates all of the committee meetings alongside participating in customer service and marketing research within academic libraries. She is grateful for her nomination and looks forward to contributing to the future of the information sector as a whole.
Having two members of the University of Bolton Library team to be recognised at this level is a great achievement, and it highlights the commitment of the service to delivering the best Library support.
Richard Wyatt (Academic Librarian School of the Arts and Postgraduate Research) has been working towards Chartership for two years, and in November 2023 was successful in his application. CILIP Professional Registration at Chartership level is for 'those working in the information professions who wish to be recognised for their skills, knowledge, and application of these in the form of reflective practice' (CILIP, 2023).