Awards and Prizes Officer

Job Description

The Library and Information Research Group Committee is looking for an Awards Officer


The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) supports and raises the profile of library and information science research and its use by CILIP members and the wider community.  We encourage 'research into practice' by providing activities and publications for LIS practitioners and researchers.

The LIRG committee meets monthly via zoom.  Committee members are from a range of different backgrounds and library sectors and include both practitioners and library academics providing a lively, diverse and friendly group.  We are currently looking to recruit a new Awards Officer to our committee to look after and oversee the awards and bursaries that the group administrates during the course of the year.  Training and support in the role will be provided by existing committee members and CILIP as appropriate. If you are looking for professional engagement and you want to gain additional skills and develop your career further, then this is a great position to do that in? Being part of a cross-sectoral CILIPcommittee is a great way to engage with your profession and to network with information professionals from all sectors.

General requirements for committee members include:

  • Commitment to LIRG mission of conducting research and/or putting research into practice within LIS setting
  • Team work and communication skills
  • Current awareness of issues affecting the LIS sector and the role of research and evidence-based decision-making in practice.
  • Experience of working in an LIS setting.
  • Commitment to attending LIRG committee meetings (1 hour per month)

CILIP is committed to championing diversity, inclusion and representation. We particularly welcome applications from people from ethnically diverse backgrounds, candidates who identify as LGBTQ+, people with experience of disability and those who are neurodiverse, who have historically been under-represented on our committees.

Free memberships for library and information workers from ethnically diverse backgrounds

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, the CILIP Board has set an organisation-wide goal of 20% ethnically diverse representation on all of CILIP’s boards and committees by the end of 2022. To facilitate this, we are offering up to 150 complimentary memberships to library, knowledge and information workers from ethnically diverse backgrounds who are duly selected to join a committee before the end of 2022. This offer is open to CILIP members and non-members.

If you are interested in being a part of LIRG and the role of Awards Officer, then please get in touch with Leo Appleton, chair of LIRG at



Library and Information Research Group – Awards Officer

Awards Officer - Job Description


The aim of this role is to recognise and celebrate examples of excellence in LIS research particularly where it can have a meaningful impact on practice.


  • Lead on the planning and delivery of LIRG sponsored awards and prizes as well as CILIP bursary opportunities at different points throughout the year.
  • Write promotional content suitable for a range of communication outlets to invite award nominations and announce winners.
  • Manage award and bursary submissions, ethical judging processes, and prize giving.
  • Manage nominee data responsibly.
  • Support the Events Officer in planning and delivering LIRG sponsored events.


  • Good level of administrative skills, e.g. create promotional content to deadlines, good written communication, good record keeping.
  • Committed to ensuring award judging processes are ethical, objective, and transparent. Experience in peer-reviewing research publications or recruiting staff would be desirable.
  • Good understanding and ability to follow GDPR data management regulations.
  • Good understanding of the value of reward and recognition in promoting LIS research practice.

For further information please contact Leo Appleton, LIRG Chair: