Government Information Group newsletter April 2019

 The GIG Awards 2019

Each year the Government Information Group presents two awards which recognise major contributions to the government knowledge and information management profession.

GIG launched its annual award in 1998 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Group’s formation and now, having reached our 40th birthday, nominations are invited for the 2019 awards.

The GIG Annual Award – is granted to mark a major contribution to government knowledge and information management during the previous year:

  • Nominations can be for a piece of work that relates to government information and has been developed for use within a single department or Agency or other body, such as a university.
  • Alternatively the nomination can be for something that relates to government information but has a wider application i.e. a concept which could usefully be introduced elsewhere.
  • It can apply to a publication (in whatever format), a system development, development of a policy or procedure, a working practice, work on a committee, and so on.
  • The Awards are open to anyone, individuals or groups, working in government KIM functions, irrespective of whether they are members of the Government Information Group, CILIP, or the profession.
  • They are also open to GIG members, students and others, who do not work in government, but who can produce evidence of a piece of work which meets the key criterion of being a major contribution to government knowledge and information management.

In 2018, the Annual Award was presented jointly to:

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Grenfell Fire Public Inquiry – response team: Adebola Dada; Anna Canning ; Tim Granville; Carol Homans ; Maian Leach ; Annie Parsons; David Smith; Ruth Walbrin. For their highly-efficient role as the public inquiry response team which provided KIM support to those working on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government response to the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.
  • Diane Murgatroyd (FCO) & Karen Ball (DSTL – Defence Science and Technology Laboratory). For the nominees determined work on agreeing a new copyright license for HMG and their dedicated work to raise the profile of copyright within Government.

The second award is the GIG Lifetime Achievement Award which is given in recognition of a major contribution to government knowledge and information management over a sustained period.

You can read the citations for last year’s winners, and view a list of previous winners, on the GIG website.

This is an ideal opportunity to achieve wider recognition for the innovation, hard work and commitment which is found throughout the government KIM function and beyond, so please consider submitting a nomination.

This year the closing date for nominations for the 2019 GIG awards is 30 May 2019.

It is anticipated that the Award winners will be presented with their certificates at the GIG AGM in the autumn.

If you would like to nominate yourself, your team or a colleague, please complete the nomination form on the GIG website and email it to

Karen George, GIG Vice Chair

GIG Committee 2019

We are really delighted to let you know of our new committee for 2019. Changes include new members, moves or roles changes, and some departures.

Welcome to:

  • Rebecca Dorsett joining us as our new Chair (as previously notified)
  • Foteini Karagianni who has kindly agreed to take on our Content role. This is a new position which will focus on a successor to our former journal GKIM Matters.
  • Kate Lander who also joins committee.

It’s great to have new members on the Committee as this represents potential for new ideas, sharing of novel experience and expertise, succession planning, and renewed energy.

Committee role changes:

  • Karen George has kindly agreed to be our Vice Chair in 2019. As a previous GIG Chair, Karen is ideally placed to provide invaluable support to our new Chair.
  • Tom Meechan has also nobly agreed to be our group Treasurer.
  • Francesca Emmett will also take on an extended brief to help GIG consider its Learning and Development offer to our members.
  • Simon Messenger steps away from the role as Social Media Coordinator but remains on Committee.

Still in post:

  • Amy Carroll continues to provide our programme of fantastic visits.
  • Nikki Myall also continues as our much appreciated web and eBulletins editor.
  • Marketing remains in the safe hands of Tim Hayward.
  • We are also grateful to Fiona Laing who continues to provide our link with SCOOP.
  • Stephen Gregory – continuing as Secretary to the Group.

Departures – We would like to express our sincere thanks to two former Committee Members who left us at the end of 2018.

  • Martin Newman served tirelessly as the editor of GKIM Matters – our former journal, over many years. GKIM Matters was a vibrant and very much appreciated output from GIG, provided in conjunction with NGLIS.
  • Fiona Platten who helped us so efficiently with the GIG Awards in 2018.

Thank you to both Martin and Fiona and best of luck for the future! Graham Monk also stood down from Committee in 2018 and we extend our thanks to him too.

All Committee members generously share their time, knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to provide an effective group to represent and serve the needs of government, agency and related / interested GKIM professionals within CILIP. We also appreciate and value the support of our employers in enabling us to support GIG so actively.

GIG is your special interest group. We will welcome your ideas and input on matters for discussion, suggested events or visits, “journal” articles, etc. We will also welcome new members to the Committee, or observers at our meetings. Please join us in making GIG as supportive and valuable to you as it can be.

Committee contact details.

GIG Events

We have two events planned in the next couple of months. The first is to the Wiener Library on 23rd May 2019 and shortly after that is a visit to the Welsh Government Information, Library & Archive Service on the 26th June 2019. Visit the Events pages on the CILIP Website to register for either of these events.

CILIP Conference

The CILIP Conference is returning to Manchester this July bringing together around 500 professionals from across the sector to share experiences, knowledge and expertise. The keynote speakers include Liz Jolly, Patrick Lambe and Kriti Sharma. The programme is being finalised but you can see an outline of the session content at Keep up to date by following @CILIPConf19

You can register for the conference now. Don’t worry – if you receive a bursary place, CILIP will refund you. Early bird discounts are available until 17 May and you can book these directly on the website. Remember to log in to the CILIP website before booking so that it recognises your membership status and offers you the correct delegate rate.

The Government Information Group (GIG) is delighted to be able to offer two bursary places to its members for attendance at the conference:

  • the first bursary is offered by CILIP in recognition of GIG’s involvement with the conference;
  • the second is being funded by GIG itself.

We particularly welcome applications from GIG members who have not previously attended the conference.

What do the bursaries cover?

CILIP bursary, includes:

  • access to both days of the conference
  • lunch and refreshments
  • all conference sessions
  • entry to the conference social event on Wednesday 3rd July
  • Travel expenses are NOT included with the CILIP bursary place.

In addition GIG will fund one nights’ accommodation at CILIP conference hotels up to the value of £90. (Additional nights can be booked at the expense of the bursary winner)

GIG bursary, includes:

  • Up to £340 towards the costs of the conference.
  • One nights’ accommodation at CILIP conference hotels up to the value of £90. (Additional nights can be booked at the expense of the bursary winner)
  • Travel expenses are NOT included with the GIG bursary place.
  • Applications will be accepted from GIG members wishing to attend both days of the conference and those wishing to attend as a day delegate on either day.

We will prioritise applications received from members who clearly demonstrate that they work in, or who have an ambition to work in, GKIM contexts, such as government departments, agencies, arms length bodies and national libraries, and / or members who have significant working involvement in official publications or other government information sources. Please ensure that your application clearly indicates if and how you meet these criteria.

What’s the catch?

Applicants must be members of GIG, and have agreement for attendance at the conference from their manager.

The winners of both bursaries will be expected to help highlight and promote the Government Information Group, CILIP and the conference before, during and after the event.

The winner is expected to be active at the conference, e.g. Tweeting #CILIPConf19 and blogging about it for the benefit of GIG and CILIP members unable to attend.

The winner of the GIG bursary will be required to write a summary of their conference experience, to be published on the GIG website.

How do I apply?

  • Please complete the Bursary Application Form
  • Applications and nominations for both bursary places should be submitted to the GIG Secretary via email at
  • Closing date: Friday 3rd May 2019 5pm
  • Applications will not be accepted after this date.
  • Winners will be notified before 17th May and will be sent instructions on how to book the place.
  • Any unsuccessful applicants will still be able to take advantage of the early bird rate.


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