Mr Gray Nyali, the National Librarian, Malawi National Library Services won a prestigious international award. The award is given annually to someone “making a difference in Libraries and Information Services outside of the U.K."
This is the first time the award has been won by a Malawian.
CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. It forms a community of around 36,000 people engaged in library and information work, of whom around 21,000 are CILIP members and around 15,000 are regular customers of CILIP Enterprises.
In 2005 The International Library and Information Group of CILIP established an annual prize to be awarded to a person, group or committee, which has made a real difference to a community through their work in library and information services in countries outside of the UK.
In 2007 it was won by a British citizen working in prison libraries in Barbados. In 2006 it was Head of Information Services, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.
In 2008, the award comes to Africa and in particular to Malawi.