14 March 2013 Last updated at 11:53, 16/05/2016

Honorary Fellowship

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.

Nominations for 2016

Nominations for the this year's Honorary Fellowships are now open.  

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

Forms are to be sent to Ayca Ibrahim on ayca.ibrahim@cilip.org.uk by the end of the day on Thursday 30th June.

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 objectives 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 a way that has ‘gone the extra mile’.

2015 Honorary Fellowships

At CILIP's AGM on the 24th September Honorary Fellowships were awarded to:

  • Tracey Ainsley, Collections & Digital Services Librarian at Northumbria University Library
  • Ian Anstice, Librarian in Charge at Winsford Library Cheshire and editor of Public Libraries News
  • Linda Constable, Senior Customer Services Manager at Dorset Libraries and long time library advocate
  • Andrew Green Former Librarian and National Library of Wales Chief Executive
  • Gillian Harris, Head of Tower Hamlets School Library Service,
  • Dr Jane Secker, Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)