On 8 November at a ceremony in London, Valerie Nurcombe received the Walford Award from CILIP’s Knowledge and Information Management Group (formerly ISG). The K&IM Walford Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the information world. Former Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Publications (SCOOP) Alastair Allan writes:
Valerie was SCOOP Secretary (under the name of Valerie Bradfield) from its formation in 1971. In its early years Valerie took on both the roles of Treasurer and Secretary and stand-in Chair for Bridget Howard. When I took over as Chair she shed the job of Treasurer to the ISG. She continued as Secretary until the later 1990s. During that time she organised a series of mightily successful seminars. For one of them in Red Lion square we had over 300 attendees. For another three we had over 200. She also edited a series of books and conference papers derived from these seminars which were very well received, for example, ‘Whitehall and Westminster, proceedings of a one day seminar on British and European official publishing‘, 1988.
Valerie is an expert in the field of Official Publications and an experienced librarian who has significant talent and many of us do owe her a great deal.
Andrew Coburn (who succeeded Alastair as Chair) adds ‘Valerie was always willing to offer her assistance and advice even after she had stepped down from her formal positions on SCOOP. She was full of ideas and suggestions which enabled us to continue the Committee as an active player in the field.’