Creativity, value and impact: announcing the call for nominations for CoLRiC’s 2023 national awards

A significant benefit of CoLRiC membership is the eligibility to nominate a team or individual for our two national awards. Every year we issue a call for nominations that demonstrate the quality, excellence and organisational impact of service provision on the teaching, learning and student experience. It provides an opportunity to take stock, reflect on and evaluate your contributions to college life.

Partnerships and dialogue with students, teaching and support staff are essential to develop and deliver relevant, flexible and dynamic student services. We want to encourage you to showcase your creativity, enthusiasm and proactivity in the delivery of library and learning resource services, and are delighted to announce that nominations for 2023 are now open for the:

  • CoLRiC Innovative Practice Award (CIPA)
  • Jeff Cooper Inspirational Information Professional of the Year Award

All nominations will be reviewed, scored and shortlisted by a judging panel comprising an external library and information services expert and members of CoLRiC’s Executive Committee. The panel will be looking for commitment to student academic, personal and vocational development and lifelong learning alongside engagement with academic staff, curriculum colleagues, professional services and students.

CIPA is a team award and is sponsored by IS Oxford. It celebrates innovative teamworking, imaginative and exceptional service developments and projects. Emma Duffield, Sales Manager at IS Oxford and a Library and Information Management Consultant, will be the external judge.

The Jeff Cooper inspirational Information Professional of the Year Award is named in honour of CoLRiC’s founder and will be presented to an outstanding and enthusiastic individual who has a proven commitment to library and learning resource services, student support and development. The nominee could work at any level in the service, from a library assistant to a senior manager. Special thanks go to Liz McGettigan, Director of Digital Library Experiences at SOLUS UK, for being the external judge for this award.

In our 30th anniversary year we encourage imaginative and inspiring nominations of any kind. These might take the form of a major project or a business-as-usual service enhancement that has generated positive feedback and encouraged student participation and engagement.

Nominations in support of any resource or service will be considered by the judging panel. Examples include digital/information literacy, reading and numeracy, marketing and social media, physical and digital study environments, student and teaching staff engagement, contributions to curriculum and course planning and learning resources development and management, for example.

We actively encourage you to submit a nomination for either or both awards*

Contact us for the official 2023 nomination documents. They clarify the timelines, how to submit and the immense benefits of participating.

Thank you CoLRiC for everything you have done to make our year a very special one.

All you need to do in the first instance is contact us with an expression of interest in submitting a nomination for one or both awards. We will email you the guidelines for submission, judging criteria and a form.

*All previous unsuccessful submissions will be reconsidered if they are updated and provide the relevant evidence in accordance with the 2023 guidelines and judging criteria.