CoLRiC Awards winners 2021

“For over a year, we have all experienced unprecedented challenges and change. Our members have responded in ways that showcase the creativity, flexibility and innovation of our sector. The stories our members shared this year highlight the positive impact our members have on students and colleagues. We thank everyone for sharing their experiences and congratulate our worthy winners.”

Mirna Peach and Corinne Walker, Co-Chairs of CoLRiC

The winner of the 2021 CoLRiC Innovative Practice Award (CIPA) is the Trafford College Group Library Service for ‘LibraryLive – integrating the Library Service into curriculum delivery’. 

As Microsoft Teams became a key method of delivering teaching and learning during lockdown, the team at Trafford College Group integrated library resources and support into the new learning environment. The project is a wonderful example of designing and delivering a rapid response to changing circumstances. The team at Trafford College Group will be invited to share their story with members in a CoLRiC Impact article.

In addition, the Awards Committee specifically commended the following entries:

  • Bolton College for the innovative development of their Online Art Gallery
  • Bradford College for the high level of inclusion associated with their project as the online reading groups covered all curriculum levels
  • Buxton and Leek College for the interactive nature of their inductions, which led to a recognised increase in their students’ level of Information Literacy

The winner of the Jeff Cooper Inspirational Information Professional of the Year Award 2021 is Emma Luby from Bradford College.

In the nomination form, Emma’s proposer praised her “…enthusiasm, resourcefulness … commitment to staff development, and … focus on student achievement” and went on to say “… she has been creative, dedicated and has provided opportunities to our students which otherwise may have been unavailable to them this year.”  Very many congratulations to Emma.

The Awards Committee also highly commended Iram Shireen from Calderdale College. Her nominators commented on her ability to be both “creative and realistic” and praised her ability to offer “… lots of encouragement to the students and [to] form… a very good rapport with both the tutor and students.”

Our thanks also to Emma Duffield for being our external judge for this year’s Innovative Practice Award and to IS Oxford for their sponsorship; and to Liz McGettigan of Solus UK Ltd. for being our external judge for the 2021 Jeff Cooper Award.