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Annual Conference 2018

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Collaborative Communities: Connecting with our Networks

The CILIP in Scotland Annual Conference 2018 will take place in the Apex Hotel, Dundee on 4th and 5th June. Margaret Menzies, CILIPS President in 2018, will host two days of presentations, workshops, discussion and engagement with Scotland’s library and information community on the theme of Collaborative Communities: Connecting with our networks. The conference will focus on how our professional community works together across all our sectors, supporting national initiatives such as the new Culture Strategy, the strategy for school libraries, digital inclusion, the Year of Young People, national and local government outcomes and much more.

Earlybird rates are available for a limited time only. Book your place at the earlybird rate here


Monday June 4th – 10.30am-4.45pm

Keynote Speakers

Leonie Bell – Head of Cultural Engagement and Culture Strategy, the Scottish Government

Leonie is currently seconded into the Scottish Government as Head of Cultural Engagement and Culture Strategy. A key aspect of this role is to develop A Culture Strategy for Scotland that will set out the important role that culture has in Scotland’s future, and to enable everyone to have the opportunity to take part in or contribute to cultural life in Scotland. In addition to this Leonie leads on the Scottish Government’s work for Festivals & Cultural Relations, national cultural events including Cities of Culture, the Edinburgh International Culture Summit and Youth arts. Prior to this Leonie was Director or Arts & Engagement at Creative Scotland, where she developed the organisation’s Arts Strategy and led on work across dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts, and Creative Scotland’s creative learning activity including Youth Music Initiative, Youth Arts Strategy and CashBack for Creativity. Leonie will be discussing the role libraries and literature may play in the Strategy.

David McNeill – Digital Director, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

David leads SCVO’s ambitious digital strategy for Scotland’s third sector. This includes work to tackle inequality by increasing digital participation and basic digital skills; maximise the impact of the third sector by encouraging digital transformation and evolution; and support digital innovation to improve lives and communities. Before joining SCVO David was Depute Chief Executive at Young Scot, where he led the development of services provided through the Young Scot National Entitlement Card. David is currently a Trustee of the Digital Xtra Fund, the Voluntary Action Fund and Recharge, an East Lothian youth work charity.

Breakout sessions

  • Digital Storytelling in libraries project ;
  • Collaborative Communities – HE, FE and school libraries working together;
  • Developing a national strategy for school libraries – Martina McChrystal, Chair of strategy advisory group and Director of Library Services, University of Glasgow;
  • Mischief Makers: Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Beano with the Summer Reading Challenge, Library Partners and The Reading Agency;
  • Bibliotherapy – Empowering and enabling people through the power of written and spoken words in Midlothian Libraries;
  • Cataloguing the Mackintosh Library;
  • Books behind bars – why prison libraries matter – Pete White, Positive Prisons and James King, Head of Learning & Skills, Scottish Prison Service;
  • Developing the Professional Workforce– Luke Stevens-Burt, CILIP; and
  • The right information for patients- NHS Inform

After dinner entertainment – Former CILIPS President Alan Reid will be delivering an after dinner talk on the ‘Voices of Scotland’s Librarians’

Tuesday June 5th – 10.30am-4.30pm

Keynote Speakers

Louise Welsh – Author and Professor

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Louise is the author of eight novels including The Cutting Room, A Lovely Way to Burn and Death is a Welcome Guest. She has received numerous awards and international fellowships, including an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Edinburgh Napier University and an honorary fellowship from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Louise is also Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

Pamela Tulloch – Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC)

Pamela is responsible for providing independent advice to the Scottish Government on Library and Information Services across Scotland. SLIC leads on the implementation of the Scotland’s first National Strategy for Public Libraries – Ambition and Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland (2015-2020), supports the FE and HE sector, NHS information service, and a number of special interest libraries. Pamela currently sits on the British Library Advisory Council, Carnegie UK Trust Library Lab Advisory Group and the Engaging Libraries Advisory Group, University of Strathclyde’s Information Science Industrial Board, First Minister’s Reading Challenge Advisory Group and other library and information related alliances.

Breakout sessions

  • The Year of Young People: Looking at information needs with Young Scot- Kirsten Urquhart, Information Services Director;
  • Embracing the First Minister’s Reading Challenge – Scottish Book Trust;
  • Everything’s Event-ual! Expanding readers’ tastes with Fife Libraries;
  • Spreading the word – podcasting and Falkirk Libraries;
  • Case study – Wikimedia and libraries;
  • Seeing Collections Differently: Dancing the 1932 Scottish School Certificate Geometry exam – Graeme Hawley, NLS;
  • Active-E: Profiling a successful digital service;
  • A networking breakfast; and
  • Protecting our freedom – Libraries and privacy;

The event will also include an optional walking tour of Dundee on Monday 4th June – ‘Sailors and Whalers‘’ led by Dark Dundee and sponsored by CILIPS Tayside Branch.

*Please note programme is subject to change*



EARLY BIRD RATES – For bookings received by Friday 21st April

All Inclusive package

  • All conference sessions – 4th and 5th June
  • Accommodation on 4th June (Dundee Apex Hotel, single room, B & B)
  • Lunch and refreshment breaks
  • Conference Dinner and drinks reception

CILIP Personal Member– £350 plus VAT

CILIP Organisational Member- £370 plus VAT

Day Delegate 4th or 5th June (including lunch and refreshments)

CILIP Personal member- £100 plus VAT



STANDARD RATES – For bookings received after Friday 21st April

All Inclusive package

CILIP Personal Member- £450 plus VAT

CILIP Organisational Member- £470 plus VAT

Non-member- £520 plus VAT


DAY DELEGATE RATES 4th or 5th June (including lunch and refreshments)

CILIP Personal member- £120 plus VAT

Non member- £180 plus VAT

Discounted rate (available to students, unwaged members and people who are paying their own way rather then being paid for by their organisation – 20 available)- £60 plus VAT



Conference dinner, including table wine and  drinks reception- £90 plus VAT

Additional night(s) B & B at Apex Hotel – single room- £105


If you would like to exhibit at the event please use this link.

Booking closes 12th May. 

Earlybird rates are available for a limited time only. Book your place at the earlybird rate here


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