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CILIPS Annual Conference 2020

The CILIPS Annual Conference will return to the Dundee Apex Hotel on 1st-2nd June 2020. Our President, Martina McChrystal, will host two days of keynotes, workshops, and talks under the theme of ‘Disruptors & Innovators’.

This two-day event is the largest conference for library and information professionals in Scotland, bringing together colleagues from across the country and beyond to share knowledge, engage in professional development and to network.

Places usually fill up fast – book now at the Earlybird rate so that you don’t miss out.

You can find details of some funding options for the Conference here.

Bookings for the exhibition are also open. If you are interested in being an exhibitor at the Conference, please see here for more information and the booking link.

We are delighted to welcome a range of excellent speakers to lead presentations, discussions, and workshops on current issues relevant across the profession. This years programme will feature:

Day 1 – Monday, June 1st, 2020


Innovative Libraries – Marie Østergaard, Library Director, Aarhus Public Libraries and Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark and Chair of Public Libraries 2030

As Library Director of Aarhus Public Libraries, Marie oversees Dokk1 (the main library) and 18 branches. Since the beginning of her career in 2001, she has been part of Aarhus Public Libraries’ development of the library as a democratic space – a non-commercial space that empowers citizenship, sustainable communities and human growth. In 2017, she was appointed Library Director of all 19 libraries in Aarhus and throughout the years she has worked intensely with partners – nationally and internationally – to ensure development and innovation in the library sector. Marie will be talking about innovations in the wider library world both in Aarhus and through her work with Public Libraries 2030.

Reaching out and developing a new strategy for the National Library – Jackie Cromarty, Associate Director of External Relations, National Library of Scotland

Jackie Cromarty is Associate Director of External Relations at the National Library of Scotland. She has spent much of her working career at the Library, mainly in public engagement, collection interpretation, learning and outreach, and marketing. Most recently, she has managed the development of the Library’s touring display programme to public libraries and other venues around Scotland and is currently working on the delivery of its new Treasures Gallery, due to open in summer 2020.

Developing a library and information workforce for the future – Nick Poole, CEO, CILIP and Sean McNamara, Head of CILIP in Scotland

Nick is Chief Executive Officer at CILIP, where he works with the Board of Trustees to set and review strategy, provides leadership and management to support business development, and advocates for CILIP, members and the library and information sector in the media and with political stakeholders. Prior to joining CILIP, Nick was CEO of Collections Trust and his career has involved work in marketing, PR and communications, and finance.

Nick will be joined by Sean McNamara to discuss how CILIP and CILIPS work together to support the information and library workforce. Sean is Head of CILIPS where he works to deliver events, advocacy, training, and support for members. Prior to this, Sean was Digital and Policy Officer at CILIPS and he has also had extensive experience of working in the public library sector. He served as Learning Services Librarian in Inverclyde for five years before joining CILIP.

Day 1 also features: 

  • Virtually Together – tackling social isolation and loneliness through VR in East Renfrewshire libraries
  • Archives and Activism – Barry Houlihan, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Inspiring Women – Jeanette Castle will give a talk as part of the University of the West of Scotland’s lecture series ‘Inspiring Women’. If you would like to read more about this then please see here
  • Innovative Inclusion in Libraries – Neurodiversity at the Glasgow School of Art and Playlist for Life in public libraries
  • Celebrating Research: Lightning Session – bringing theory into practice with student research projects
  • Library Makerspaces – perspectives from Public and Higher Education libraries
  • Innovative Partnerships – the Sir Duncan Rice Library at the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Libraries working together to provide a public library service in a University
  • Fun Palaces – celebrating local, community-led culture in libraries
  • Preserving the History of the Scottish Ballet – the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive video project

Additional activities:

  • Pre-conference welcome and informal networking session for first-time delegates
  • Optional post-conference Dundee Waterfront History and Literature walking tour  – celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters and the history of Dundee with local history expert, Dr. Erin Farley
  • Conference Dinner in the hotel. This will include a drinks reception, the presentation of the Library and Information Professional of the Year Award, and after-dinner speech from Laura Brown – award winning writer, editor and former Editor-in-Chief of Comics at DC Thomson and now one half of the team behind award-winning blog Domestic Sluttery

Day 2 – Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020


The power of words and the importance of libraries – Jackie Kay, poet, novelist, Chancellor of the University of Salford, and Scots Makar

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland and is the author of – among other books – The Adoption Papers, which won the Forward Prize, Red Dust Road, winner of the Scottish Book of the Year Award, Trumpet, and the Costa-shortlisted Fiere. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. She has served as Scots Makar, the National Poet for Scotland, since March 2016.

The importance of public pedagogy, open education and information literacy in a rapidly changing world – Sheila MacNeill, Independent digital learning consultant and open educator

Sheila is an independent consultant, open educator, writer and artist specialising in all aspects of supporting digital learning and teaching primarily within the UK HE sector. Sheila has over 20 years experience within education working in a range of national and institutional roles covering curriculum design, assessment and feedback, learning analytics, developing digital capabilities, learning spaces and almost everything else in between.

A strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies –  Stephen Wyber, Manager, Policy and Advocacy, IFLA

Stephen is Manager, Policy and Advocacy at IFLA, where he leads on efforts both to build support for libraries in international fora, and to help others do the same. His team focuses in particular on copyright, freedom of access to information, heritage, and development. Stephen joined IFLA in 2016, having previously worked for seven years for the FCO. In this talk Stephen will be talking about the new IFLA Global Strategy aimed at creating a global vision for a strong and united library field powering literate, informed and participative societies.

Day 2 also features: 

  • Disrupting the Gender Gap in Tech – Girls Who Code Clubs in libraries with Andreia Marzigliano
  • Opening up Collections and Making an Impact – the Wellcome Collection
  • Vibrant School Libraries – an overview of two SLIF projects: Building Better Readers, North Ayshire and Dip into Digital, Renfrewshire
  • Call & Response: Slavery, Abolition and the University of Glasgow – learning lessons from archives, books, and objects and making reparations for past connections to slavery
  • Digital Storytelling in the Public Library – the Scottish Book Trust initiative empowering people to improve their digital skills and tell their stories
  • Health and Care Informatics Workforce Development – Dr. Ann Wales will provide an update on work being done around workforce development in the healthcare sector
  • Liberating Structures Workshop – innovative approaches to sharing information and generating results, with an interactive and energetic ‘Mad Tea Party’
  • Accessing lottery funding in public libraries – with the Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Fighting ‘Fake News’ – a workshop on misinformation with Scottish Government librarians

Additional activities:

  • Pre-conference welcome and informal networking session for first-time delegates
  • CILIPS SCIO AGM (optional attendance for members)
  • Presentation of CILIPS Student Award to Information and Library Studies graduates in Scotland, nominated by Robert Gordon University and the University of Strathclyde

*Programme and session titles subject to change*


All our prices have been capped at the same rate as the 2019 Conference

For the all-inclusive package – both conference days, one-night accommodation (breakfast included), and a place at the conference dinner and drinks reception:

  • CILIP Member Earlybird – £350 + VAT (£420 total)
  • CILIP Employer Partner (max. 3 per organisation) – £420 + VAT (£504 total)
  • Non-member – £495 + VAT (£624 total)

For a one-day place (either 1st or 2nd June):

  • CILIP Member Earlybird – £100 + VAT (£120 total)
  • Non-member – £180 + VAT (£216 total)
  • Student/Paying own way (20 available) – £60 + VAT (£72 total)

All prices include lunch and refreshments on the day(s) you have booked for. There is also an option to add additional nights at the hotel (£105 + VAT) and for day-guests to attend the conference dinner and drinks reception (£90 + VAT).

Book your place now – *Earlybird rate ends April 24th*

We hope to see you there!


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