Ian Anstice with Cllr Gittins with Fellowship certificate

Ian Anstice with Cllr Gittins with Fellowship certificate

I was delighted to be made a honorary fellow (Hon FCLIP) of CILIP in September 2015 for my work on Public Libraries News. This is the official press release from Cheshire West and Chester Council:

“Cheshire librarian receives prestigious national award. A Cheshire West and Chester Council librarian has received a prestigious award from a national professional body for his outstanding contribution to libraries and information management. Locality Librarian for Northwich and Winsford, Ian Anstice, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Ian has over twenty years’ experience of working in libraries and in his spare time, he also produces of one of the UK’s most comprehensive and accessible sources of information about UK public libraries, the Public Libraries News website. Ian was nominated by fellow members of the library and information community for his ongoing work promoting public libraries and their staff.

The Public Libraries News website is frequently used as a key resource for library staff, journalists, policy makers and others seeking information about public libraries in the UK.  Public library information and editorial published by Ian has been referenced in both Houses of Parliament and reported in local, national and international media.  Honorary Fellowship of the professional body has been awarded by CILIP and its predecessor the Library Association since 1896.

It is the CILIP’s highest recognition and is given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the library and information world.  Recipients of the title join a roll call of important figures including three time former Prime Minster Rt. Hon Stanley Baldwin, Scottish philanthropist and library founder Andrew Carnegie, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal system used in library classification, Melvil Dewey; the poet, novelist and librarian Philip Larkin, novelist Dame Catherine Cookson, and children’s illustrator and author Shirley Hughes.

Ian said: “It’s a great honour to receive an Honorary Fellowship and I’m totally delighted.  I feel passionately about the role libraries fulfil at the heart of our communities and I see every day how important they are to the people of Cheshire West.” The Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “I’m thrilled that Ian has received such a prestigious award.  I know he is highly regarded by the public for his work at both our Northwich and Winsford libraries.  The success of his website shows just how committed he is to public libraries outside of work too.”

The letters I, W and R and the words information world review below it


One of the many joys of doing the website is being recognised for the hard work which is put in.  I won the IWR Information Professional of the Year 2011 award for Public Libraries News.  See this video.


The logo of UK Web Archive, with "preserving UK websites" below it

The British Library have chosen to archive Public Libraries News.




Ian on right receiving trophy

For work at “my” public library I won the Winsford Customer Service Oscar 2012 and again in 2014.


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