CILIP Honorary Fellows 2017

Picture of CILIP 2017 Honorary Fellows photo by Rolf Marriott

CILIP has awarded five Honorary Fellowships in London on 12 October during the very first UK Libraries Week. The recepients join Dr Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress who was presented with Honorary Fellowship at CILIP Conference in Manchester in July 2017.

Honorary Fellowship has been awarded by CILIP and its predecessor the Library Association since 1896. It is the highest recognition given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the library and information world.

Recipients of the title join a roll call of important figures including three time former Prime Minster Rt. Hon Stanley Baldwin, Scottish philanthropist and library founder Andrew Carnegie, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal system used in library classification, Melvil Dewey; the poet, novelist and librarian Philip Larkin, novelist Dame Catherine Cookson and children’s illustrator and author Shirley Hughes.

Joy Court - Carnegie Greenaway Award Chair, Children’s librarian and children's literature expert

Joy is recognised for inspiring others with her generosity, knowledge and passion and for her tremendous impact on the fields of children’s literature, reading for pleasure and youth librarianship.

A lifelong advocate of the positive impact of reading, Joy’s latest book Reading by Right, published by Facet Publishing, brings together voices from across the profession to reveal the strategies that are effective in overcoming barriers to reading from birth to teens. Joy chairs the Working Party for the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals, the nation’s oldest children’s book award, and is known across the children’s publishing industry for her encyclopaedic knowledge of children’s books.

Martin Hayes - local studies librarian for West Sussex County

Martin's work is vital in helping local people to learn about where they live and their community. He is known for his commitment to supporting other professionals and for bringing the subject of local studies to life. He has helped colleagues at all levels of Local Government to see the value of local studies, developing exhibitions and materials to inspire and engage the public. In his role he has carried out 30 years of pioneering work that has helped develop the field. 

He is known for his commitment to supporting other professionals and for bringing the subject of local studies to life. He has helped colleagues at all levels of Local Government to see the value of local studies, developing exhibitions and materials to inspire and engage the public. In his role he has carried out 30 years of pioneering work that has helped develop the field. The honour recognises his enthusiasm and comprehensive expertise.

Martin has led recent projects that enable local volunteers to document and digitise their heritage, leading to donations of new material, helping to enrich the documentary record for West Sussex county.

Chris Riddell -triple Kate Greenaway Medal winning illustrator, political cartoonist and former Children’s Laureate 

Chris is recognised for using his art and his influence to promote the unique value of libraries and librarians in people’s lives. As Laureate and more recently as President of the School Libraries Association, Chris has championed the work of librarians and the role of libraries, particularly school libraries and their impact on children and young people.

As Laureate and more recently as President for the School Libraries Association, Chris has tirelessly championed the value of libraries and librarians – particularly of our wonderful school libraries and the dedicated professionals who run them.

He has used his influence with politicians to help them understand both the challenges our sector is facing and the unique role which libraries play in all of our lives. Through his extensive social media following and beautiful images, he has brought a fresh understanding of our profession to the wider public.

On hearing of his nomination, Chris shared that it had been his aspiration to be a librarian since working in his local library as a child.

Stephan Roman - former Regional Director of South Asia for the British Council

A committed internationalist, Stephan has been at the forefront of some of the most important international developments in libraries over the past 25 years including a leading role with the World Bank in establishing the Global Knowledge Partnership in 1997 – an alliance of over 100 organisations committed to empowering developing countries through the use of ICT, technology and the development of libraries.

Stephan is external examiner for the Masters’ Programmes in Library and Information Science at the University of Loughborough. He has maintained a scholarly interest in Islamic Library Collections and is in the process of developing a second edition of his popular book on the subject this year.

Sheila Webber - Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield’s Information School and influential information professional

Senior Lecturer in the Information School at the University of Sheffield, Sheila is recognised for the tremendous impact of her work and her positive influence on the information field over three decades; in particular her transformative work on business information and information literacy.

Sheila has devoted herself to furthering the field of information literacy as an elected member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Information Literacy Section, and through her involvement in UNESCO.

Dr Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress

Carla is the first woman and African-American to hold the post  of Librarian of Congress as well as the first person of colour to have been nominated for the position. She also happens to be the first professional librarian elected to the post in over 60 years, being only the third to hold the post in the 2016-year history of the role. This isn’t bad for a woman who calls herself the ‘accidental librarian!’

From 1993 until 2016 she was the Director of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland and was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. During her presidency, she was the leading voice of the ALA in speaking out against the newly passed United States Patriot Act.

During her tenure at the Enoch Pratt Free Library she oversaw 22 locations, hundreds of employees and an annual budget of $40 milliion. She also oversaw the first new branch to open in 35 years along with the renovation of the co-operative’s central branch. In 2015 during the protests of the death of Freddie Gray she kept Baltimore’s libraries open, an act for which she received extensive praise.

Her theme during her tenure as president of the ALA was Equity of Access. In her role she was vocal in her public opposition to the Patriot Act, leading a battle for the protections of library users’ privacy.

In 2014 she was nominated by Barack Obama to serve as the next Librarian of Congress. Following her nomination, more than 140 library, publishing, educational and academic organisations signed a letter of support. The letter said in part that Congress had “an opportunity to equip the Library and the nation with the unique combination of professional skills and sensibilities that Dr. Hayden will bring to the post”. In July 2016 she was confirmed as the Librarian of Congress in a vote by the US senate. As Librarian of Congress she hopes to continue “the movement to open the treasure chest that is the Library of Congress”. She aspires to modernise the institution during her tenure by preserving the collection and modernising access to it, as she will be the first Librarian of Congress appointed “since the advent of the internet”.


Photo by Rolf Marriott. Image shows the recipients of Honorary Fellowship of CILIP in October 2017 with CILIP's Mentor of the Year 2017.

l to r: Chris Riddell, Martin Hayes, Alison Bogle, Mentor of the Year, Sheila Webber, Joy Court and Stephan Roman.