UKeiG is pleased to announce the winner - or winners, in this case - of our Early Career Award 2016.
This year's four worthy winners who will receive their cheque and trophy during the CILIP Conference in Brighton (12-13 July) are Amy Finnegan, Catherine McManamon, Helen Monagle and Siobhan Cottam - the founders of the very successful New Library Professionals Network (NLPN). As a direct result of attending the 2012 CILIP New Professionals' Day NLPN was founded: a network that aimed to ensure that new professionals in the North of England could attend, for free, events that explored emerging trends and skills in the library and information sector. Since then, there have been nine CPD events - study days, a teach-meet session at the LILAC conference, three informal quizzes and two visits - and a host of social media activities. The network is a non-profit group that applies for funding from various sources, including CILIP member networks, to ensure that the events can be free to attend. The co-founders of the NLPN are passionate about providing high quality training from leading members of the field, thus enabling library and information professionals based in the North of England to have an opportunity to fill CPD gaps and explore other areas of the information sector that might otherwise have been out of reach (either financially or geographically). Alongside the events, NLPN has an active presence on Twitter where the four disseminate news, reports and highlight the work of library and information professionals. The NLPN also maintain a blog that is used to provide information on various aspects of the library and information sector.
Over the course of the events NLPN has had the opportunity to interact with over 250 attendees and the impact had on our peers by hosting such events can be demonstrated via social media. NLPN events are live-tweeted by the organisers and attendees which increases the reach of the network. As one of the supporting statements noted:
“The four founder members have all demonstrated a level of professional commitment that has resulted in achievements way beyond what is expected of them in the workplace. They organise all activities in their own time and are continually looking for innovative ways to engage with new professionals through social media, development events and informal activities such as quizzes and visits.”
High praise, which neatly sums up why they are this year's winners.
The Award was presented in Brighton at the CILIP Conference, 12th-13th July 2016.