National Acquisitions Group Award for Excellence

NAG makes an annual award designed to promote excellence, original thinking and innovation by a library team or individual within the field of Acquisitions.

For 2022 the winner will again receive £200 plus £100 as a donation to their nominated charity.  The prize will be paid directly to the individual (not their Institution/employer) however if there are multiple people involved in a project, unfortunately you will have to split the money between yourselves.  You will also benefit from a free seminar/conference place both to have the NAG Award presented and as a presenter at the following year’s event to share your work.

The NAG Award for 2021 was won by Helen Hall, Inter Library Loan Principal Library Assistance in the Acquisitions and Document Delivery Department, at the University of Liverpool. This award recognised the enormous impact on national inter-Library loan (ILL) practices by introducing HE Libraries to a new subscription model that challenged the traditional transactional form of interlending.

A paper from Helen appears in our 2021 annual round up edition of Taking Stock.

Nominations for the 2022 Award are now open and we’re looking forward to hearing about your projects. Please simply email us up to 500 words describing your piece of work or project. We recommend that you include details about how it is innovative and how it has impacted on your users.

Deadline is Monday 10th October 2022 and all nominees must be current NAG Members.

If you are interested in sponsoring the NAG Award for 2022 or beyond, please email Jennie to discuss on

Helen said, “I’m delighted to have won the NAG Award for Excellence! I have always loved the sense of goodwill in Interlibrary Loan with ILL colleagues going the extra mile to help each other out. RapidILL has expanded that amazing community for us and allowed us to collaborate with over 500 national and international partners. The UK Pod goes from strength to strength and I am thrilled that my colleagues are finding RapidILL as revolutionary as we do at Liverpool.”