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Announcing the 2019 CoLRiC Best Practice Awards

‘Libraries play a critical role in supporting organisational goals and strategies. Our resources and services have demonstrable value and impact helping create and sustain an institution-wide lifelong learning environment.’ Mirna Peach and Corinne Walker, the Co-Chairs of CoLRiC

CoLRiC is committed to acknowledging and celebrating exemplary practice and innovation across the FE and Sixth Form College sector. In honour of our 25th anniversary last year we awarded two of our prestigious Best Practice Awards (BPAs) to Exeter College’s Information and Digital Practitioners team and to the Library at Northampton College for effectively engaging students in numeracy skills.

CoLRiC is now accepting applications for two 2019 BPAs, in celebration of creativity, resourcefulness and enterprise in libraries and learning resource centres across the sector.

We’re looking for applications from teams that can demonstrate the value and impact of their service provision in any capacity. The world is your oyster in terms of topics, but examples may include initiatives embracing:

  • Digital/information literacy
  • Reading and numeracy
  • Curriculum development
  • Organisational/External collaboration
  • Restructuring teams/Redesigning roles
  • Marketing and social media
  • Publications and guidance
  • Student and teaching staff engagement
  • Virtual/web services delivery

How do you apply?

  • Any College library/learning resources service that is a current member of CoLRiC is eligible to apply for a Best Practice Award.
  • Email [email protected] to request an application form and guidance document.
  • One application will be accepted from each organisation, authorised by the Head of Service and Vice Principal (or equivalent).
  • The initiative or service showcased in your submission must have been operational for at least six months.
  • Entries will be shortlisted by the CoLRiC Executive Committee and winners chosen by an independent external judge.

What will you get out of this?

Winners will receive a trophy, certificate and cheque for £150 to spend on library and learning resources. You will also:

  • Receive national recognition for your contribution across the FE and Sixth Form College Sector
  • Be featured in our e-bulletin CoLRiC Impact
  • Be given the opportunity to deliver a brief presentation at our 2019 Conference in Birmingham on Friday June 21st.


  • Submissions open from Monday 25th February 2019
  • The closing date is Friday 26th April 2019
  • Two winners will be chosen from all submissions and notified by Friday 31st May 2019
  • The awards formally will be announced at the CoLRiC Conference – ‘The Road Ahead – Being Stronger Together’ on Friday June 21st 2019

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