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 Info.GIG@cilip.org.uk

Karen George, GIG Vice Chair

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Government Information Group (GIG) Bursaries – CILIP Conference 2018

 Want to go to the 2018 CILIP Conference? Our bursary call is now OPEN!

Also remember nominations for our GIG Annual Award and Lifetime Achievement Awards are NOW OPEN. Find out more on our GIG Awards page. The closing date for nominations is 31st May 2018.

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The CILIP Conference is returning to Brighton this July with a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers, thought provoking seminars and essential workshops. Meet like-minded colleagues and make new connections for two days of knowledge sharing, discussion, debate and networking opportunities. The conference aims to leave you feeling inspired and passionate about the work that we do as professionals. To keep up to date on conference developments, follow @CILIPConf18 and #CILIPConf18 and visit the website cilipconference.org.uk. You can also register for the conference. Don’t worry – if you receive a bursary place, CILIP will refund you.

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.

Find out more and apply.

Applications close on Friday 13 April.

 

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GIG award for National Library of Scotland

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“Troublesome to find and often overlooked”: the House of Lords papers digitisation project.

ProQuest’s U.K. Parliamentary Papers resource contains “the richest and most important nineteenth century collection of printed government records in existence in any country”; but there was a gap – namely, the papers of the House of Lords papers from 1806 onwards.  It is little known that these papers contain much which is not duplicated in the House of Commons papers.  For example, in session 1845 alone, there are 72 Lords papers which cannot be found in the Commons set; between 1801 and 1859, over 35 important papers on Canada and the USA have been noted as appearing in the Lords set but not in the Commons set.   It made perfect sense to digitise these, and after a long search for partners and funding, the House of Lords Library and the National Library of Scotland pooled their papers (the majority from NLS) for a large-scale project funded by Proquest. This makes the U.K. Parliamentary Papers resource complete and a huge and rich resource for researchers from all disciplines.

The Library garners 15% royalties from all Proquest sales (currently worth c.£85,000)

Jan Usher (project manager) and Elaine Simpson (curatorial assistant) were recently presented with the CILIP GIG (Government Information Group) Annual Award for their work on the project.

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GKIM Conference

Preparations are now well underway for the annual Government KIM Conference being held at the BEIS Conference Centre in London on 30th March 2017.

The agenda has been designed to include a mix of short presentations on key KIM topics and opportunities to network and discuss experience and best practice with KIM colleagues from other Government organisations.  There will be presentations on the new General Data Protection Regulations, the cross-government Records Management project and copyright. There will be breakout sessions exploring what it means to work in one of the key KIM roles in government.

In addition, the GIG Awards for 2016 are being presented at the conference – with the winners of the Annual Award, a team from the National Library of Scotland, talking about the House of Lords digitisation project that lead to them being crowned this year’s winners.

The conference is open to those working in central government departments and Arms’ Length Bodies and applications to attend should be made via your departmental Head of KIM Profession as soon as possible.

 

New professional opportunity to become a CILIP Board Member

CILIP are currently looking to recruit a new professional to the CILIP Board of Trustees to bring a fresh perspective and to ensure that the voice of this vital part of our membership is present in CILIP decision making at the highest level.  This will be a great opportunity for a new professional to contribute to the leadership of their professional body and it will also give them the chance to engage with members from across the profession and to broaden their skills and experience.

CILIP are looking for someone who has been working in information, knowledge management or library services for 5 years or less and who may or may not hold a professional qualification or be professionally registered.  Experience in this type of role is not necessary as you will receive a full induction and will also have an experienced Board Member to act as mentor. 

Applications are welcome from those working in every sector of the profession, including public, private and third sector – and it would be wonderful to have a new member of the Government KIM profession taking up this opportunity.

Further details, including how to apply, can be found at https://www.cilip.org.uk/jobs-cilip/new-professional-board-member or contact Nick Poole – nick.poole@cilip.org.uk for an informal discussion.  The recruitment panel will be three Board Members and interviews will be held in London on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

GIG Events

We have another varied UK wide visits programme set up for 2017. Visits this month include the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Weiner Library. To book a place on these visits or to check out other forthcoming events go to the GIG Events section on the CILIP website https://www.cilip.org.uk/government-information-group/events-0

 

NetiKX Event – free GIG places

GIG now has corporate membership of NetIKX and can therefore offer free attendance for 3 of our members. 

The next event is being held on Thursday 16th March 2017

NetIKX seminar: David Gurteen Knowledge Café

Overview
David Gurteen, whose network and knowledge cafés are widely known in the knowledge and information management communities (see http://www.gurteen.com/), will be running a knowledge café especially for NetIKX. The topic and further details will be announced shortly.

Provisional Timetable

14:00 – 14:30 Registration (and refreshments)
14:30 – 15:30 Speakers’ presentations
15:30 – 16:00 Tea and Networking
16:00 – 17:00 Syndicate session and feedback
17:00 – 18:00 Refreshments and a glass of wine

Venue
The British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS (The nearest London Underground Station is Bond Street)

Please email Nikki Myall (njmyall@dstl.gov.uk) if you would like to attend.

Supporting the information seeking needs of colleagues in Government

Friday 31 March 2:00 – 4.30pm (registration from 1:45pm) at the Welsh Government London Office, 25 Victoria Street, London. SW1H 0EX

An interactive session discussing the benefits of measuring information literacy and how departments can use the evidence to increase awareness of library services. Discussion will include barriers to effective information seeking, how to raise information literacy, how to increase awareness of the full range of services available to colleagues, and how to deliver all this in time of budgetary restraints.

Delegates will have the opportunity to share knowledge and discuss potential solutions to aid others in supporting the information seeking requirements of those in their respective departments.

This session is jointly hosted by Catty Bennett (Head of Knowledge and Information Management, Office for National Statistics) and Stephen Gregory (Legal Librarian, Welsh Government).

For security reasons advanced registration for this event is required. Registration will close at 5pm on Friday 24 March 2017. This session is limited to 14 delegates.

Places can be booked at the following link https://www.cilip.org.uk/government-information-group/events/supporting-information-seeking-needs-colleagues-government 

 

Travelling Librarian Award

The Travelling Librarian Award is an exciting award jointly sponsored by the English Speaking Union (ESU) and CILIP.  Each year it offers the opportunity to an adventurous UK library and information professional who is a CILIP personal member to explore a professional theme or challenge by a study tour of library and related institutions in the USA or a Commonwealth country. Normally the study tour will take place over 2-3 weeks in the Autumn but some have gone at different times of the year by agreement with the sponsors.  The successful applicant will receive an award of £3000 to undertake their proposed study tour with other practical help in regard to accommodation and introductions being available as well. The successful applicant will be expected to share the outcomes of their study tour with the profession more broadly.

The 2017 award is now open with a deadline for applications of Wednesday 26 April 2017. The full details of the award can be found on the CILIP website at:  www.cilip.org.uk/travellinglibrarian

You will also find reports from previous winners.  Most recently they have come from university libraries, government libraries and public libraries but they are open to CILIP members in all sectors. So please do spread the word about this award which can so enrich professional knowledge and experience and be a truly defining moment in a professional career.

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Nominations for CILIP Government Information Group Annual Award

 This year the closing date for nominations for the 2016 GIG awards is 30 June 2016.

If you would like to nominate yourself, your team or a colleague, please email a brief citation to Stephen Gregory, the GIG Secretary, at: StephenGregory2@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK

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 as part of the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Group’s formation and nominations are now being invited for the 2016 awards.

GIG presents two awards each year: the first – the GIG Annual Award – is granted to mark a major contribution to the government knowledge and information management function during the previous year. If the work in question relates to something concerning one particular department or organisation, it must have a wider application i.e. it must be 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. It is 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. It is 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 the work of government knowledge and information management.

In 2015, the Award was presented jointly to a team from the Welsh Government and The National Archives. Their nomination detailed an excellent example of collaborative working between colleagues from two departments and has wider application to all government departments undertaking digital transfer of records for permanent preservation.

The second award is the GIG Lifetime Achievement Award which is awarded in recognition of a major contribution to government knowledge and information management over a sustained period. In 2015, the award was won by Gill Baker, formerly of the Department for Education, for her commitment to the government KIM community in dealing with the many professional challenges she faced during her career.

You can read the citations for last year’s winners, and view a list of previous winners of the GIG award, 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, so please consider submitting a nomination.

This year the closing date for nominations for the 2016 GIG awards is 30 June 2016.

We very much hope that the winners will be presented with their awards by Nick Poole, Chief Executive of CILIP, at the GIG AGM in September.

If you would like to nominate yourself, your team or a colleague, please email a brief citation to Stephen Gregory, the GIG Secretary, at: StephenGregory2@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK