CILIPS Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland
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The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS) work in partnership with our affiliate CILIP –  the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers, with members in the UK and internationally.  CILIPS have 1,200 members in Scotland and we advocate the value of library and information professionals’ skills to society as well as supporting our members in attaining and retaining professional qualifications such as Chartership. We also organise training and development opportunities for our members including a two-day Annual Conference in June and other one day events.

Our work plan is set by our Trustee Board and delivered by two members of staff. We also have a CILIPS Council, made up of representatives from all our branches and special interest groups who advise us.

We manage an annual award process for Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year.

We award Honorary Membership for outstanding contribution to the advancement of library and information services.

Each year CILIPS awards medals for achievement to a student from Robert Gordon University and the University of Strathclyde, nominated by their institution.

CILIPS (formerly Scottish Library Association) was set up in 1908 and affiliated with CILIP (Library Association) in 1931, retaining its own constitution and separate governance arrangements.

We are a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation based in Glasgow city centre. Our work is overseen by a Trustee Board (the governing body for our charity) who set the vision, mission and values.  Our activities are delivered at grassroots level through our network of branches.

Mission Statement

Our purpose and mission form the foundation of our charitable status with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) while our Rules and Regulations set out our constitutional and legal status:

  • To support the principle of equality of access to information, ideas and works of imagination, as fundamental elements of Scotland’s economy, democracy, culture and civilisation;
  • To enable members to achieve and maintain the highest professional standards in all aspects of delivering library and information services for the good of the people of Scotland; and
  • To work with relevant Scottish organisations and CILIP to set, maintain and promote standards of excellence in the creation, management, exploitation and sharing of information and knowledge resources in Scotland.


Further historical information

An archive of CILIPS material is held at the National Library as follows:

Various archive material such as annual reports and journals are held within the CILIPS office. Please e mail for more details.


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