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CILIPS Annual Conference 2020

*Please note that this event was originally intended to take place in June but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are now hoping to hold it on 26th-27th October 2020 and will keep this under review. We will provide an update to all delegates, speakers and exhibitors at the beginning of August. 

The CILIPS Annual Conference will hopefully return to the Dundee Apex Hotel on 26th-27th October. 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.

In order to support likely social distancing measures that may still be in place in October we have currently paused bookings. If we are able to increase capacity nearer the time we will email you the booking form. Please email to be added to the waiting list.

Bookings for the exhibition are still 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 – 26th October


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
  • ‘Desire Paths’ – Archives, Activism, and Curating (Digital) Memory – 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: Lightening Session – bringing theory into practice with student research projects. More information on the projects that will be covered is available here
  • The Effect of Culture on Public Library Use Amongst New-Comer Populations – research presentation
  • Library Makerspaces – perspectives from Public and Higher Education libraries.
  • Open to all: widening services through partnership in Aberdeen – Aberdeen University Library and Aberdeen City Libraries
  • 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
  • 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 – 27th October


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 his keynote presentation, 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.

The role 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.

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
  • Delivering the Digital Future for Health and Social Care: Spotlight on Knowledge, Information, and Data Staff’ – 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

*Please note – this event has been rescheduled from its original date due to COVID-19. We will endeavour to keep the programme as similar as possible to the original (listed above) but recognise that some speakers may be unavailable on the new dates. We will confirm the programme for the new dates in August/September.*

Prices (please note bookings currently paused to ensure numbers are manageable)

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
  • CILIP Employer or Learning Partner (max. 3 per organisation) – £420 + VAT
  • Non-member – £495 + VAT

For a one-day place (either 26th or 27th October):

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

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).


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