ASSOCIATES (vol. 9, no. 3, March 2003) -



Leading library supplier to support CILIP award for innovation in library and information administration.

The CILIP Robinson Medal, awarded by CILIP's Affiliated Members National Committee for excellence and innovation in library administration, is to be sponsored by the Demco Worldwide Group. Specifically aimed at attracting submissions from people working at para-professional level in the library and information field, the Award will be presented at CILIP's Gala Awards at the London Landmark Hotel on November 21.

"The Demco Group of Companies, incorporating Gresswell Direct, Demco Interiors and LFC Despatch Line, is delighted to be sponsoring the Robinson Medal," said Demco Worldwide Limited Managing Director David Southern when the sponsorship agreement was announced. "Throughout our 65 year association, we've helped library professionals create thousands of exciting and stimulating learning environments."

Welcoming the news of Demco's support, Jim Jackson, Chair of CILIP's Affiliated Members' Group, said: "This Award is about recognising the excellence of library staff that produce innovative ideas for library services - something that Demco are also renowned for in their designs for libraries. We look forward to working with them on the Award for some time to come."

Nominations for the Robinson Medal are open from 14 March until 27 June. Individuals, or teams led by individuals, who are working in the library and information sector in the UK and who are not eligible to be Chartered Members of CILIP, can be nominated. Applicants need not be Members of CILIP, but each entry must be supported by two referees, one of whom must be a Chartered Library and Information Professional. Practical application, adaptability, value for money, improved service to clients and improved efficiency are among the features that the judges will be looking for in the winning entry.

For further details of how to make nominations for CILIP Awards, visit More information on the Robinson Medal itself is available at

Contact: Tim Owen, Head of External Relations.
Tel: 020 7255 0652. Email:

CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers, with over 23,000 members working in all sectors, including business and industry, science and technology, further and higher education, schools, local and central government, the health service, the voluntary sector, national and public libraries.

CILIP's goals are to: position the profession at the heart of the information revolution; develop and enhance the role and skills of all its Members; present and champion those skills, together with new ones which will be acquired through continuing professional development; and ensure that individuals, enterprises and not for profit organisations have ready and timely access to the information they need.

The Demco Worldwide Group includes three businesses - Demco Interiors, Gresswell Direct and LFC Despatch Line - which together support day-to-date library operations as well as initiatives for library expansion and improvement.

Demco Interiors' library design consultancy helps clients project-manage and optimise space planning, incorporating a wide range of quality furniture, shelving and security / automation systems. Gresswell Direct, a name synonymous with library supplies, has partnered information specialists for over 65 years through its library essentials catalogue and through And LFC Despatch Line is celebrating 10 years of successful association with schools and libraries, offering exciting and stimulating educational resources.

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