Presentation to Stephanie Kenna at Online 2010

Each year the Council of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (one of the founding members of the LIS Research Coalition) awards honorary fellowships to individuals who have have rendered distinguished service in promoting the objects of the Institute.

Stephanie Kenna

In 2010 the awards were announced and presented at the CILIP Members’ Day held in London on 14th October. Amongst those honoured this year was Stephanie Kenna. Stephanie was unable to attend the ceremony on that day so instead her presentation will be made at Online 2010 at London Olympia today. Those attending Online 2010 are welcome to come to the presentation, which will form part of the LIS Research Coalition conference session, and takes place between 12:30 and 13:00 in the Gallery Rooms in the exhibition hall at Olympia. Stephanie’s contributions to library and information science are well known in the UK, as outlined in the citation below, and it is an honour for the LIS Research Coalition to participate in the celebration of her work today.

Stephanie began her career in librarianship when she joined the British Library (BL) in 1975. She performed a variety of roles before joining the Research and Development Department in 1988. Here she developed and managed the humanities and preservation research programmes, and established, as well as served as secretary to, The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust. In addition she was responsible for BL grants for Cataloguing and Preservation.

When the BL Research and Innovation Centre was closed down in 1999, Stephanie moved into different roles, establishing the BL’s fund for supporting co-operative projects and other grant schemes for cataloguing, conservation and supporting public libraries. She also undertook responsibility for the Full Disclosure and Reaching the Regions programmes. Stephanie then moved on to develop the BL’s regional strategy working closely with the public library sector.

In her final years at the BL, Stephanie played critical roles in establishing two national initiatives: first, the UK Research Reserve, and secondly the Library and Information Research Coalition. Although now retired, she maintains an active role with the Coalition.

Throughout her career Stephanie has also played an active role in CILIP, most importantly as a member of its Accreditation Board and Career Development Group. She remains active in CILIP in her retirement, currently serving on the Defining our Professional Future Project Board, and as a mentor to junior colleagues.

Stephanie’s long career in the BL has been an essentially outward-facing one. Both in the Research and Development Department and in her relationships work, she has played key roles in supporting and enabling the development of high quality library and information services across the UK. In doing so she has promoted and enabled professional development and high standards of professional practice. Fostering education, training, research and innovation in the practice of librarianship and information science was, of course, a key part of her work in R&DD, as well as more recently in the establishment of the LIS Research Coalition.

The respect with which Stephanie is regarded by her many colleagues and friends was shown by the large numbers of them who came from afar to attend her retirement party at the BL at the end of 2009. This is clear recognition of how throughout her career she has worked with colleagues in the UK or overseas to promote and support the provision or development of library and information services.

In recognition of that distinguished contribution Stephanie Kenna is presented for Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

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