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Autumn Gathering 2019

The CILIP in Scotland Autumn Gathering will take place in October this year at the Perth Theatre. This one day conference, led by President Yvonne Manning, is an opportunity to hear from a range of speakers and talks from across a variety of sectors including public, academic and specialist libraries and a return of the school libraries strand.

*The event is now fully booked and on to a waiting list. You can add your name to the list here.*

Date: 23rd October 2019 10.15am-4.30pm (approx)

Location: Perth Theatre, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

This year’s programme will feature:

  • Incredible spaces – Joseph Coelho’s #LibraryMarathon
  • How libraries, knowledge and data inform democracy
  • Vibrant school libraries – the return of the dedicated strand
  • How do you know if you are making a difference? Evidencing and telling your story
  • Back to the Future – The National Library of Scotland’s 1979-1989 online retrospective
  • A session delivered by the School Libraries Group Scotland
  • Libraries and entrepreneurs – a space for co-working
  • The practice of kindness: perspectives from public and HE libraries – including ‘North Ayrshire: Kindness Rocks!’ with Laura Kerr, North Ayrshire and a talk from Catriona MacIsaac, University of Glasgow Library
  • ‘Information Sciecne at ThinkAnalytics: the Brains Inside the Box’ – Vanessa Archinard from ThinkAnalytics – the most widely deployed real-time personalized content recommendations engine
  • ‘ASN Reading Groups’ – Jackie Coroon, Network Librarian, Live Life Aberdeenshire. An Additional Supports Needs reading group brings together a small group of pupils with ASN, a librarian, and ASN teaching staff to take part in an alternative reading group. Jackie will discuss how these have been utilised in the secondary school setting, following up on a talk on the same topic that she is giving at the Scottish Learning Festival.
  • Why libraries and storytelling matters – AH Proctor, Author of Thumble Tumble Book Series
  • Creating a city wide legacy –  Glasgow’s book festival – Katrina Brodin, Programme Manager (Reader Development & Literacy), Glasgow Life
  • A Collective Force for Health and Wellbeing: Libraries, The ALLIANCE and Health and Social Care Celebrating the Power of Knowledge
  • ‘Instil Independent Learning – A Transitional Journey Across Libraries ‘ – Laura Thomson (Renfrewshire High School transition teacher), Robin Dunlop (Renfrewshire High School librarian), and Sheila MacPherson (UWS Librarian) explore the information literacy development journey from primary to secondary school and onward to further/higher education
  • Changing the world – one mistake at a time – Dr Helen S Williams, Librarian, Library of Mistakes
  • Presentation of Honorary Memberships

Keynote Speakers

Catherine Stihler OBE, Chief Executive of Open Knowledge Foundation

Catherine Stihler has been chief executive of Open Knowledge Foundation since February 2019. Prior to this, she represented Scotland as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999. As Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, she worked on digital policy, prioritising the digital single market, digital skills, better accessibility of digital products for the disabled, as well as citizen online data protection and privacy. As leader and founder of the All-Party Library Group she promoted and advocated for the importance of libraries and how libraries can remain relevant in the new digital age.

Photo: Paul Musso

Joseph Coelho – Poet, playwright, performer and children’s author

Jospeph’s debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules won the 2015 CLiPPA Poetry Award and his follow up Overheard in a Tower Block was longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the CLiPPA. In 2019 he has set himself a #LibrariesMarathon challenge to join a library from every library authority in the UK in order to highlight the importance and relevance of libraries.

Dr Sarah Morton, Co-Director of Matter of Focus

Sarah is internationally recognised for her work developing innovative approaches to ensure that decision-makers have access to the best evidence for taking organisations, policies and practices forward. She has done this through creating channels for getting research into the real world (at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships), broadening understanding of the interaction between research, policy and practice ( through work with UNICEF, What Work Scotland and other research), and working alongside organisations to use evidence for improving services for the families and communities they serve (with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Starcatchers, The Scottish Book Trust, Shelter Scotland and others). Sarah has pioneered a participatory approach to using contribution analysis to understand and achieve outcomes, and this is the basis of her work in her company Matter of Focus. Sarah will be joining us to speak about ‘How do you know if you are making a difference? evidencing and telling your story.’

We hope to see you there! Book your place here.

Programme subject to change 


  • £75+vat CILIPS Member Early Bird rate (book by September 20th)
  • £120+vat Non-member
  • £55+vat Student/unwaged/paying own way

Funding Options

CILIPS East Branch are offering two sponsored places for CILIPS East branch members to attend the Autumn Gathering on Wed 23rd October 2019 in Perth. To apply please email telling us in a 100 words why you would like to attend. The deadline is September 15th at 4pm and the successful applicants will be asked to write a Conference report for the branch.

CILIPS Tayside are offering two sponsored places for CILIPS Tayside branch members to attend the Autumn Gathering on Wed 23rd October 2019 in Perth. Interested parties are invited to submit 100 words to telling us why they would like to attend. If you haven’t enjoyed a CILIPS Tayside sponsored space this year, now is your chance! Deadline is September 15th at 4pm.

CILIPS North East are offering one sponsored place for CILIPS North East branch members to attend the Autumn Gathering on Wed 23rd October 2019 in Perth. Interested parties are invited to submit 100 words to telling us why they would like to attend. Deadline is September 15th at 4pm.

CILIPS West are offering one sponsored place for CILIPS West branch members to attend the Autumn Gathering on Wed 23rd October 2019 in Perth. To apply, please email telling us in 100 words why you would like to attend. The deadline is September 20th and the successful applicant will be asked to write a blog post about the conference and can also take over the branch Twitter account for the day.

The Academic and Research Libraries Group Scotland (ARLGS) are offering two sponsored places for ARLGS members to attend the Autumn Gathering. The sponsorship will cover the conference place but not travel or accommodation expenses. To apply, please write a short statement of around 200 words outlining why you would like to attend and highlighting how attendance would benefit your role and professional development. Applications should be sent to by 5pm on Monday 16th September 2019. More information is available here.


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