Over the last couple of months, LISNPN has run an advocacy competition in association with CILIP. The aim has been to promote libraries, and the prizes are attendance at a couple of excellent CILIP conferences. We can now reveal the winners, as judged by CILIP CEO Annie Mauger, Past President Biddy Fisher, former New Professionals Coordinator Chris Rhodes and LISNPN admin (and New Professionals Support Officer) Ned Potter.
We had several entries but three stood out and went into the final judging section. An honourable mention must go to one of these, which didn’t ultimately win but nevertheless made a big impression: Katie Birkwood’s excellent library knitting pattern. You can read more about it on Katie’s blog. The judges were impressed by the pure off-the-wall originality of the idea, the high quality of its execution, and the potential reach on the Ravelry platform. Ultimately it just lost out on a prize during an extremely close vote.
Winning 2nd prize was Annie Johnson with her ‘Putting the pieces together’ project. This brilliant idea consisted of small custom made jigsaw puzzles, beautifully packaged and featuring quotes about libraries – Annie left them in coffee shops, railway station platforms, and even airport departure lounges. (The top of the box is see-through so as to avoid any security alerts – see the pics on Annie's blog linked above...)
The judges loved the innovation and ingenuity of this and felt that is very well presented. They felt that the idea could be taken on and expanded in the future, with information and URLs as well as quotes. Annie wins a pass to the New Professionals Conference taking place in Manchester, in June. She said: "I'm delighted to have won a place at NPC11. The standard of the other entries that I have seen was extremely high, so I'm very pleased and proud that the judges liked my entry. I'm really looking forward to meeting other new professionals at the conference so thanks to LISNPN and CILIP for giving me the opportunity to attend this event."
First prize went to Jacqueline Barlow for ‘That’s Not Online!’. This project currently consists of a blog and twitter account detailing “Library collections, archives and other information that aren't accessible online, and how to find them.” The judges were impressed by a brilliantly simple and valuable idea, and the huge potential it has. You can view That’s Not Online! here, and follow the project on Twitter here. Annie Mauger commented: "The standard of all of the entries was fantastic with some really innovative and creative ideas. I wish we could promote all of them! What stood out about ‘That’s not online!’ was the presentation and also the potential scale of appeal of it. Also because it is such a good tool for advocating how brilliant information professionals are at letting people know what they don’t know. A real information literacy advocacy tool as well as a brilliant idea in itself."
Jacqueline wins a full pass to this year’s Umbrella conference, including accommodation at the event. She commented: "The honour of winning the competition, great as it is, is secondary to the pleasure of finding that my interest in print information is shared by so many others, inside the profession and out of it. My participation in LISNPN has led to what may be an exciting, long-term project. For this I am very grateful to LISNPN, my Twitter and Tumblr followers, and any other audience I've gained along the way. If I could, I would bring you all Umbrella swag."
We’d like to thank everyone who entered! And huge thanks to Annie Mauger and the rest of the judges, to Jason Russell and Mark Taylor at CILIP and Franko (the current New Professionals Coordinator) for making the prizes happen…
You'll be able to read about the competition on CILIP's website here.