Library Services


Library Services receive two prizes in the UCL Education Awards 2021

24 June 2021

The annual Education Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of staff and students and their contributions to the learning community at UCL.

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Library Services staff have received two Provost’s Education Awards, both in the category: ‘Outstanding response to teaching or support during the pandemic’, with John Iona receiving the individual award and the Library Skills Team receiving the team award. These awards recognise the exceptional individuals and teams across UCL who have made outstanding contributions to the learning experience and success of students. 

Individual award

John Iona, Subject Liaison Librarian for Initial Teacher Education and Curriculum resources in the IOE Library, won the individual award for developing online resources to support library users at all levels from induction to specialist support. He has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from members of IOE.  

The nomination also recognised John’s team spirit and dedication to supporting colleagues across Library Services:

John’s outward-looking, proactive, and positive approach has helped to ensure that teaching and research activities at the Institute of Education have been underpinned by strong and timely library skills support during this incredibly challenging year.

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Team award

The Library Skills team, co-ordinated by Angela Young, won the team award for their work to support students during the pandemic. The team is made up of colleagues from across UCL’s different library sites. They use digital technology to collaborate with each other and to create new opportunities to support users. Over the last year they have enhanced induction and created bespoke support for students undertaking dissertations, as well as continuing to provide support for students and researchers at all levels, and in different circumstances and with differing needs.

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Throughout the pandemic, Library Services has responded rapidly to support students and staff and develop new initiatives and resources to support our users wherever they are studying.

Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services & UCL Office for Open Science & Scholarship) said:

"These two awards are a testament to the work of all members of Library Services who developed and delivered skills training and support during the challenges of the last year and especially to John, Angela and the whole Library Skills team. I have been impressed by colleagues’ dedication and enthusiasm to support the UCL community during the last 15 months. The feedback and responses from users demonstrate the impact this work has and how important it is to students and staff. The Library now has a digital first approach to the delivery of skills training, which will become part of the ‘new normal’ as we emerge from the pandemic."

More from the awards

Please go to the Students’ Union UCL website for more information on these awards and to read all the winners.