CILIPS is the Scottish Branch of CILIP, the professional body representing librarians and information professionals in the UK. CILIP was formed in 2002 by the merger of the Library Association and the Institute of Information Scientists.
CILIPS has devolved powers and carries out the role of CILIP in Scotland. More information on the proposed governance relationship between CILIPS and CILIP, and a detailed description of CILIPS responsibilities, can be found in the Draft Framework of Agreement between CILIP UK and CILIP in the four nations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.
CILIPS works closely with the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), the advisory body for Scottish ministers on library and information matters, sharing staffing and office accommodation as well as cooperating on many joint projects. As a consequence of their joint working arrangement, CILIPS participates in a Joint Liaison Committee with SLIC which meets on an ad hoc basis as required to discuss issues of common concern.