MARTIN HAYES, local studies librarian for West Sussex, has received an Honorary Fellowship of CILIP, the library and information association.

It is for the impact of his work which helps local people to learn about where they live and their community.

The honour was presented in London during the very first UK Libraries Week.

Mr Hayes is known for his commitment to supporting other professionals and for bringing the subject of local studies to life.

He has helped colleagues at all levels of local government to see the value of local studies, developing exhibitions and materials to inspire and engage the public.

In his role he has carried out 30 years of pioneering work that has helped develop the field.

The honour recognises his enthusiasm and comprehensive expertise.

He has led recent projects that enable local volunteers to document and digitise their heritage, leading to donations of new material, helping to enrich the documentary record for West Sussex.

Honorary fellowships have been awarded by CILIP and its predecessor the Library Association since 1896.