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The CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award 2015: All sectors and non-partnerships invited to apply for the Libraries Change Lives Award

Entries have opened for the 2015 CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award for vital, contemporary UK-based library and information projects or services in any sector that change lives for the better.

The award offers national recognition and profile for three shortlisted finalists and a £4000 investment for the winning project. Following initial research earlier this year and a move to broaden the scope of potential applications, the criteria that applicants must be working in partnership has now been dropped for 2015 applications, although applications on behalf of partnership projects are still very much welcomed.

Chair of Judges, John Vincent, encourages service providers to look again at the award and consider how it might apply to any kind of user-focused service currently being delivered anywhere in the UK.

Past winners and finalists have positively changed people's lives in many different ways, from providing information and support to people diagnosed with cancer, to supporting families whose children have autism. They have worked alongside adults with learning difficulties and taken a fresh approach to a prison library service by providing greater support for skills development and supporting rehabilitation after prison.

Northamptonshire Library and Information Services won the award in 2014 for work supporting job seekers and potential entrepreneurs to start new businesses. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Eric Pickles, MP said: "It is extremely good to see the extent of the success of Northamptonshire's Libraries in leading residents to brand new careers and creating jobs in the region.

Customer and Library Services Manager at Northamptonshire County Council, Grace Kempster described winning as "a thrilling national accolade from our Chartered Institute", she said, "it is a credit to the alliance with our Economic Partnership here in Northamptonshire, to the hard work and amazing courage and resilience of Library Plus personnel to seize the opportunity and turn the dream of start up business support into a rich and enduring reality."

The CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award is organised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals' Community, Diversity and Equality Group.

Find out more and enter the award: www.cilip.org.uk/lcla


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