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CILIPS Annual Conference 2021

Our 2021 President, Cleo Jones, will host two days of keynotes, workshops, and talks online on June 7-8th on the theme of Reinvigorate and Renew: Emerging into a better, brighter, new world.

Please note this event will be taking place entirely online.

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

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Monday 7th June 2021: speakers and sessions including:

  • Welcome from President Cleo Jones
  • Award-winning author Kerry Hudson on ‘The Value of Libraries and Librarians’
  • United and strong – key priorities for the library and information profession – Nick Poole, CILIP CEO
  • ‘Archives and Activism: Access to and preservation of records and archives surrounding the Mother and Baby Homes network in Ireland’ with Dr Barry Houlihan, University of Ireland Galway
  • Marie Østergaard, Library Director of Aarhus Public Libraries​, Denmark
  • Liberating Structures, a session with NHS Education for Scotland Knowledge Manager Katie Edwards
  • ‘Liberate our Library’ – Decolonising collections at Goldsmiths University
  • ‘Creating a Rocking Online Presence – a guide for new professionals’ – Jade Koekoe, Online Presence Specialist, Australia
  • ‘Living Through a Global Pandemic: what can we take forward in our libraries and as librarians?’ with Senior School Librarian Duncan Wright
  • National Library of Scotland Hidden Collections with Carol Campbell, Head of Metadata at NLS
  • ‘Situating the new normal: preliminary findings from the AHRC project exploring public library digital service use during COVID’ with the Department of Computer and Information Studies, University of Strathclyde

Tuesday 8th June 2021: speakers and sessions including:

  • An overview of the new National Strategy for Public Libraries, being released in 2021, with Jeanette Castle, Scottish Public Libraries Strategy Chair, UWS University Librarian and former CILIPS President
  • Disinformation and the threat to democracy – Peter Geoghegan, broadcaster and investigations editor at the award-winning news website openDemocracy and author of Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Politics
  • ‘The importance of literacy and access to information in engaging people around environmental issues’ with Bridget McKenzie, Founding Director of the Climate Museum UK
  • Reflections from Dr John Scally, the National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland, in advance of his retirement in October 2021
  • Systemic barriers and inclusivity in literature programming – Jeda Pearl, Scottish Bame Writers Network
  • The role of librarians in the Research Excellence Framework (REF)​
  • Revealing Hidden Herstories: The Lesbian Archive at Glasgow Women’s Library
  • Health Librarians Add Value
  • ‘School Libraries and Role-Playing Games’ with Kathleen O’Neill, School Librarian, Glasgow Libraries
  • How The RIVAL project ( aimed to build a ‘collaborative network of Scotland-based Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers and practising library and information professionals interested in maximising the impact and value of library and information science research.’

Click here to read biographies of our 2021 keynote speakers.

The prices are as follows:

Employer partners can book 2 places at the member rate.

Affiliate members of CILIPS can also book a place at the member rate.

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Last year’s online event received a 100% satisfaction rating and praise including the following:

“Interesting and stimulating presentations in both the plenary and parallel sessions, with useful chat”

“Nice balance of theory and practice”

“I enjoyed each of the sessions that I attended. They were very interesting because they demonstrated real work happening on the ground”

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Our 2021 Sponsors

We are delighted that this year’s CILIPS Annual Conference ‘Reinvigorate and Renew’ will be sponsored by SOLUS, Bolinda digital and Bibliotecha.

SOLUS is a Glasgow based technology development company, focusing on bringing new and leading edge products to libraries around the globe. Their products are designed for operational efficiency, patron engagement and to drive relevancy amongst digital first consumers.

Bolinda digital is an innovative market leader and expert in the library market, providing high quality eContent via BorrowBox: its unique, customer-branded digital solution and service, and the world’s first fully functional library app.

Bibliotheca work with 30,000 libraries globally, providing innovative technology that makes the library experience — physical & digital — seamless, intuitive & inclusive.

Thank you very much for your support! 


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