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CILIPS Annual Conference 2019

The CILIPS Annual Conference returns to the Dundee Apex Hotel on 3-4 June 2019.  Our President, Yvonne Manning, will host two days of keynotes, workshops and talks.

The title of this year’s event is ‘Courage, Laughter and Innovation: A Resilient Profession

​Earlybird rates end on 22nd April. ​We also have special discounted rates for students and delegates paying their own way.

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We are delighted to have the following speakers confirmed for the event:

Monday 3rd June


Picture © Andy Buchanan 2014

Sue John, Enterprise Development Manager, Glasgow Women’s Library

Sue John is one of the Senior Managers of Glasgow Women’s Library, the only Accredited Museum dedicated to women’s history in the UK, a Recognised Collection of National Significance and a multi award-winning, unique organisation. She project managed GWL’s recent £1.8 million four-phase capital renovation programme and leads the organisation in strategic planning, playing a key role in championing the organisation nationally and internationally.

Lucy Crompton-Reid, Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK

Lucy Crompton-Reid has worked in the cultural, voluntary and public sectors for more than 20 years, with a strong emphasis on participation and learning. As Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK since October 2015, she has led the development of a new strategy focused on eradicating inequality and bias on Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects, with an emphasis on the gender gap and geographic bias. Prior to this, Lucy was Director and Chief Executive of the literature organisation Apples and Snakes, where she led an extensive national programme including live events, artist development and participation projects. Her previous professional experience includes senior roles at the House of Lords, Arts Council England and the British Refugee Council.

Erwin James, Editor in Chief of Inside Time and Guardian columnist and contributor 

Erwin James has been a Guardian columnist and contributor since 1998. Currently he is Editor in Chief of Inside Time, the national newspaper for people in prison. Erwin became a writer in prison where he served 20 years of a mandatory life sentence. He is the author of three books: A Life Inside – A Prisoners Notebook, (Atlantic, 2003), The Home Stretch – From Prison to Parole, (Atlantic, 2005) and Redeemable: a Memoir of Darkness and Hope (Bloomsbury, Feb 2016). He is also a trustee of the Prison Reform Trust – and a patron of the charities: Create, Blue Sky, Human Writes, the Writers in Prison Foundation, and the Prison Phoenix Trust. He is a Fellow of the RSA and an Honorary Master of the Open University.

Monday also features the following speakers/topics:

  • Libraries and the campaign to end loneliness – Anne Callaghan, Campaign Manager, Scotland
  • Continued ambition and opportunity – the refresh of the Public Libraries strategy
  • Shelf Help – school libraries supporting pupil’s wellbeing – Pamela McLean, Librarian, St Ninian’s High School
  • Diversity and inclusivity in the library profession – Heena Karavadra, Academic Librarian, University of Leicester
  • The Summer Reading Challenge – an update
  • 21st Century Reading: Text and Data Mining Skills for Scotland – Fred Saunderson, Rights and Information Manager and Ines Byrne, Digital Transition Manager at the National Library of Scotland
  • Leveraging libraries. Community, open access and Wikimedia – Jason Evans, National Library of Wales Wikimedian in Residence and Delphine Dallison, SLIC’s Wikimedian in Residence
  • Libraries on the Move – A report on Scotland’s mobile libraries – Alyson Tyler, library researcher
  • Health literacy – what does this mean to you? – Workshop
  • The Scottish Reading Strategy – Judy Dobbie, Dundee Libraries and Marianne Bamkin, Research Fellow in Information Science and Librarianship (BCU)
  • Conference dinner featuring presentation of Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year 2019 and some surprise entertainment

Tuesday 4th June


Christian Lauersen, Director of Libraries and Citizen Services in Roskilde Municipality

Christian believe libraries are crucial institutions in every community, public as academic to create and open, more diverse, inclusive and equal world. Christian is founder of Library Planet, a crowdsourced travel guide for libraries and blogs about library development at The Library Lab. Christian is also a music listener, LEGO aficionado, Ukulele jammer, football player and is based in Copenhagen.

Jane Cowell, CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library service, Australia

Jane Cowell is CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library service in Australia where she oversees and manages the financial, human and physical resources and operational activities. Jane previously worked with State Library of Queensland as the Director of Engagement and Partnerships and previously the Director of Regional Access & Public libraries. Jane is passionate about libraries as creative community spaces and their role in connecting communities with technology trends and sees many opportunities for libraries presented by the rapidly changing digital, social and economic environment.

Kirsty Lingstadt, Head of Digital Library and Deputy Director of Library & University Collections at the University of Edinburgh. 

Kirsty plays a key role in delivering digital services within the Library with a key focus on Discovery of Collections, Digitisation, Digital Preservation and also providing tools and services for Digital scholarship.

Tuesday also features the following speakers/topics:

  • The impact and value of public libraries – 100 years after the death of Andrew Carnegie – Jenny Peachey, The Carnegie UK Trust
  • Open Access and Scotland’s University libraries
  • Libraries Change Lives – The Mitchell Library and Citizen Advice Bureau working together
  • Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards – a practical workshop from the Youth Libraries Group Scotland – Vivian French, writer/illustrator and Jennifer Horan, Chair of YLGS
  • Scotland’s Academic Libraries and their engagement with social media – research by Ian Feerick, University of Strathclyde
  • A workshop on the new Bookbug app – Scottish Book Trust
  • Embedding GDPR within your information and library service – David Smith,  Previous Chair of the CILIP Knowledge and Information Management Group and Director of DJS Management Solutions Limited
  • Innovation in a school library and supporting young people’s mental health – Shelagh Toonen, Librarian, Elgin Academy and Scotland’s Library and Information Professional of the Year 2018
  • A unique national resource – The Scottish Poetry Library review  – Asif Khan, Director and Maria Carnegie, Head Librarian

Book you place for the event here

If you would like to exhibit at the event then information is available here.

*Please note programme may be subject to change 


Platinum sponsor

Browns Books for Students are a respected supplier to Schools, Colleges and Higher Education. We supply every UK book in print at highly competitive discounts. Visit our stand for a demonstration of our website and ebook platform VLeBooks.

More information about Dundee

The Dundee and Angus Conference Bureau has kindly set up a dedicated page to find out more about the city and a useful map of the area. We thoroughly recommend seeing some of this lovely city while you are there!

Funding Options

CILIPS Tayside Branch sponsored place –  Our Tayside Branch are offering a sponsored place on each of the days of the CILIPS Conference to a member of CILIPS whose postcode starts with DD or PH.  Anyone wishing to apply should contact with a short paragraph explaining why they would like to attend by Friday 1st March. The successful applicants would be expected to write a small piece for the CILIPS website about their experience at Conference.

CILIPS East Branch sponsored place – East Branch are sponsoring a day place at Conference for a member (who has a home postcode starting with EH, KY or TD) who hasn’t attended Conference before. To apply please e mail with approx 100 words on why you would benefit from attending and what your preferred day would be. Applications should be sent by April 3rd and the successful applicant will be asked to write a Conference report to be submitted by end of August 2019.



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