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Inspiring Women – UWS Lecture Series

The Inspiring Women lecture series at the University of the West of Scotland was created to help provide a platform of inspiration and support for students and staff within the University. It supports the University’s commitment to advancing the careers of women in higher education and research.

Beginning in 2014, the lecture series provides an opportunity for students, staff, and the wider public to hear from women who have been successful in their field, from science and business to the arts and humanities and beyond. The diversity of the speakers with a broad spectrum of backgrounds, interests, and experiences has encouraged engagement and discussion and the series is now one of the main features of the University’s events calendar.

We are happy to partner with UWS to deliver an Inspiring Women lecture at our 2021 Conference. UWS are also delighted to be a part of the Conference as a way to round off a year that brought an exciting and innovative mix of speakers and events, continuing to encourage delegates to be inspired, to be bold, to be ambitious, to break boundaries and challenge thinking.

Inspiring Women at the CILIPS Conference 2021 – Jeanette Castle

Jeanette Castle, Library Services Manager at UWS, will deliver a talk on library leadership. As a professional librarian, Jeanette has worked across HE, school, special and public libraries and input to research projects across the UK, including chairing the advisory board for the MAIPLE project delivered by Loughborough University.

Jeanette is enthusiastic about promoting the value of libraries and has been involved in the development of the National Strategy for Public Libraries as well as contributing toward How Good is Our Public Library. She has introduced innovative practice across the public library sector, including Ayr Carnegie Library Cybercentre (first in Scotland), joint work with NHS in supporting health literacy, Macmillan Cancer information support service in West Lothian Libraries, and was a core founder of the Ayrshire Libraries Forum.

Jeanette has also been heavily involved in encouraging professional development by serving as CILIP in Scotland President in 2015 and now as Honorary Vice President.

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