The Public Librarian of the Year award recognises the achievements of outstanding library and information professionals working in a public library service that make a real difference to the communities they serve and the wider public library profession.
I was delighted to attend the CILIP PMLG (Public and Mobile Libraries Group) Chances for Life Conference last weekend in Staffordshire and present the award to this year’s winner. This is the third year that Lorensbergs has been privileged to sponsor the award. It always goes to someone who has shown true commitment to their work, someone who goes the extra mile to be really effective in what they have set out to achieve. This is definitely the case for this year’s winner, Aude Charillon, Library and Information Officer at Newcastle Libraries.
Aude has made an exceptional contribution to delivering innovation and improvement within her library authority. In particular, and what really came through in the nominations for the award, is Aude’s drive to open up local library data to the public, as she passionately believes that librarians are the custodians of information with a duty to enable citizens to engage with it and make more informed decisions.
The challenges of open data are great with the need for immense effort and ingenuity to make it a reality. But the opportunities that it’s already creating are astounding for both the library profession and the people it serves. Aude has carved herself a niche and shown real leadership in open data and other associated areas including data privacy, intellectual property and digital literacy...