CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and the English Speaking Union (ESU - an educational charity and membership organisation) sponsor a Travelling Librarian Award.
"The award is intended to help promote the exchange of ideas through effective communication in the English language, to facilitate learning between cultures and nations, and to encourage the pursuit of best practice within a particular field of professional expertise."
I was recently shortlisted for the Travelling Librarian Award, after submitting a proposal to visit school libraries, and joint use libraries in New Zealand. I arrived in London at Dartmouth House, headquarters of the ESU, in a heat wave, trying to appear cool calm and collected. Dartmouth House, once a private residence, is a beautiful building with frescoes, sweeping staircases and marble floors. At the interview I was asked questions which ranged from measuring impact, to proposed venues to visit.
I was thrilled to receive a phone call to say that I had been successful, and I would be the Travelling Librarian 2017!
So I am now busy planning my professional study tour to New Zealand - liaising with school librarians and planning visits - watch this space!
To view reports written by some of the previous travelling librarians, visit the CILIP website.