K&IM and UKeIG Information Manager of the Year 2018



This is the first time this joint award between the Knowledge and Information Management Group and UKeIG, the UK eInformaiton Group has been made.  Working together on this award has been a successful and pleasurable experience.

This award is for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the discipline through their work and professionalism.


Virginia Power is a Lecturer at the University of the West of England and specialises in Information Science and Management.

She has demonstrated a long-term commitment to Information Management, working as an information specialist for over 40 years in a variety of library and information services settings including schools, FE, HE and the public sector.

She leads the teaching on the Masters-level Information and Knowledge Management module at UWE where students greatly appreciate her ability to teach Information Management theory strongly rooted in her practical, professional experience.

She is also the course director for the university’s Continuing Professional Development course Personal and Organisational Managementwhich is designed for library and information services managers.  It supports those who want to manage change, lead teams and implement Information Management workplace projects.

Virginia is a CILIP member and active in the CILIP Special Interest Group Multimedia and Information Technology, and she is also a CILIP Mentor for library and information professionals seeking Chartered status.

The judging team were struck by Virginia’s career record in information management and the fact that she had worked both as a practitioner as well as now as an academic.  In particular, they were impressed by the mentoring of CILIP candidates for chartership and her volunteer work with CILIP SIGs, which also demonstrated support not only for the information management profession in general but for this organisation in particular and should be recognised.

The award was presented to Virginia by David Ball, Chair of UKeIG.


K&IM Refer 35(1), Winter 2019

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