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Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year 2021

2019 winner Fiona Laing is presented with the Award

Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year Award is the annual recognition award Presented by CILIP in Scotland and sponsored by Bolinda Digital. It is a cross-sectoral award honouring a CILIP member in Scotland for outstanding achievement and accomplishment in post.

Our 2020 award winner was Clare Hemsworth, who was nominated for her outstanding contribution to creating a forward-looking school library service in Renfrewshire: working with the school libraries attainment team to enhance young people’s engagement with reading and introducing a variety of innovative digital developments. Congratulations Clare! For more on her achievements as well as those of the other three shortlisted professionals, please click here.

Clare Hemsworth is Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year 2020

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Award and close on 31st July. Please see below to learn the criteria used for nominations and judging, and for how to submit a nomination.


Please provide a short statement (100-300 words) on how you believe the nominee has performed to the highest level leading to outstanding contribution over the past 12 months or so.

Nominations will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Service development and/or innovation;
  2. Sector engagement (e,g public, school, academic, health etc) demonstrating a positive impact in terms of contribution to things like working groups, publications, training, project work etc.;
  3. Commitment to profession: advocacy, involvement in CILIPS Committee work, Council, Branches, Groups etc.

Achievements might include:

  • Responding to community and/or users needs;
  • Making the library and information service central to the mission and success of employing organisation;
  • Effective promotion of the library and information service;
  • Encouragement of reading and reader development;
  • Making a significant contribution to and impact on the sector;
  • Or something else that makes the person really stand out that is not listed above!


  • Must be current CILIPS members

Nomination Process:

CILIPS members can nominate a fellow member each year using this nominations form. Further details on the nominee may be requested. Judging will then take place by a panel of experts.

Candidates must be nominated by another CILIPS member and you can only nominate one person.


Following a judging process, the successful candidate will be announced and presented with the award later in the year.

In addition, the prize winner will be given £500 of funding provided by our sponsors that can be used for professional development opportunities in 2022.

Information about our award sponsor: Bolinda Digital

Bolinda Digital is an industry leading audiobook publisher, supplying libraries with audiobook content for over 30 years.  Bolinda’s innovative lending platform BorrowBox, is the number one solution in the UK and offers a complete end-to-end service to libraries, with the best and most exclusive range of eAudiobooks and eBooks, since digital lending began. BorrowBox allows users to browse, download and borrow eContent in one easy to use app. It is the library that never closes.


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