Librarian recognised by national Library Association

Academic Engagement Librarian Gemma Wright has been recognised by CILIP, The Library and Information Association, as an outstanding professional helping to lead the sector into a new age of information.

Gemma was named alongside 124 others for the 125th anniversary celebrations of the granting of the Royal Charter for CILIP.

Sian Downes, Associate Director of Library Services at LJMU, said: “Gemma joined LJMU and the Academic Engagement Team in April 2022. Since then, she has shown her ability for helping students and developing a love of literature for all.

“She leads a team of library staff who develop the Literacy Development Collection, a selection of books for all to read as a break from academic texts. There are displays in both Avril and Aldham Library, and regular book groups.

“She has such passion for libraries and information literacy that I know she will have a great impact on the profession as a whole.”

Members and colleagues nominated individuals within the profession to recognise and honour a new generation of librarians, information and knowledge management professionals who are driving positive change, making a difference and having an impact across all sectors.

Those on the list have come from all areas of the sector and have been nominated for building positive relationships to support young people; for their work in supporting and nurturing colleagues who are new to the profession; for campaigning for diversity and inclusivity; and for embracing new digital skills.

CILIP CEO, Nick Poole, said:As we face more change and opportunity in the coming years, navigating a rapidly evolving digital landscape, with the added challenges of censorship and disinformation, and an increasingly urgent need to live and work in more sustainable ways, these 125 new professionals will be leading the way.

“This is a set of passionate individuals, contributing energy, knowledge and impact to the institutions, organisations and communities they serve.

“Over 125 years our members have seen advances in science and technology and played our part in research and development. We’ve experienced societal change and are working hard to combat a rise in disinformation.

“We’ve lived through challenged economies, weathered a decline in funding whilst simultaneously fighting for social justice, offered spaces of sanctuary, warmth and safety to those who are displaced, challenged by costs of living or seeking support and access to vital information in a neutral environment.”

Gemma also sits on the judging panel of the Yoto Carnegies - the UK’s longest running and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.


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