Congratulations go out to Ian Anstice. He has been named as IWR Information Professional of the year. The judges gave Anstice, a branch manager of a public library in Cheshire, the honor for his dedication and hard work recording and explaining the changes taking place across the public library sector as a whole.
Ian Anstice is Librarian in Charge of Winsford Library in Cheshire, he operates Public Libraries News and is a a member of the Voices for the Library team.
Presenting the award at Online Information, editor of IWR Peter Williams said: “Ian’s work is a stirring story of how much can be achieved and how knowledge and information really is power. A well deserved winner. I would urge you to go take a look at his work.”
Anstice said: “In a time of cuts to library services and being aware that knowledge is power, I was surprised to see there was no publicly available site to show what was going in each authority. I started the blog in October 2010. This includes all news articles on public library cuts, doing a map of the cuts, and producing a tally of cuts and proposals by authority.”
You can follow Ian’s work at Public Libraries News on Twitter at @publiclibnews or on Google+.
About the Award
This international award offers recognition to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession in the past 12 months. Nomination could be for an individual who has demonstrated best practice, led extensive project work or developed an information resource for an organisation and its users and clients.
Ian Anstice joins the ranks of previous winners including last year’s winner Dave Pattern, Library Systems Manager, University of Huddersfield and Hazel Hall, Director of the Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University, who won the award in 2008 award.
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