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Tayside Branch

Our branch includes the areas of Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross. New committee members are very welcome.

Next committee meeting will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 21st February.

CILIPS23 Conference Feedback

Our branch sponsored four places at the Dundee based CILIPS Annual Conference 2023.  Fiona Elder, Jennifer Dye, Caitlin Macleod and Helen Burns attended the conference over the two days, read their CILIPS23 Conference Reports to find out how they got on.

Table Top Gaming Demonstration

Two people stand over the table top game, action shot where one player is preparing to roll a dice as the other player watches Table top game setup is shown with groups of characters positioned ready to be picked by players. In the background is a green cloth to simulate grass, on this cloth is a series of walls positioned to provide players a strategic hiding place and in the middle is a model building with Star Wars Darth Vader positioned on top. Table top game in action, two people stand and one sits around the table top game which includes in the set a green cloth as the base material with walls, characters, dice and a model building Three people stand over the table top game with game host explaining the rules

We held a table top gaming demonstration, hosted by David Michie in the Wellgate Library on 4th May 2023.  The evening included information on the work being done in Dundee Libraries with table top gaming, attendees had the opportunity to play and as it was Star Wars day, David hosted a game with a Star Wars theme.

Our thanks to David Michie for hosting and providing an engaging introduction to table top gaming.

Dundee Waterfront Walking Tour

Group of seven people looking towards the camera, the River Tay and concrete Tay Road Bridge are in the background.

We held a tour on Wed 7th Sept 2022, entitled Sails,Tales & Whales. It included historic tales of sailors and scallywags of Dundee’s once-bustling port and referenced memorial art works.

Louise and Stewart from Dark Dundee hosted it and gave a very informative and entertaining talk. Our members and colleagues then went for a meal in Taza where we enjoyed socialising.

Our thanks to the staff of Dark Dundee for organising this for us and to everyone who came along for the tour.


CILIPS22 Conference Feedback

Two days of fascinating keynote speeches and networking opportunities were provided at the first in-person CILIP Scotland conference for three years. Our branch sponsored two places at the Dundee based event for our colleagues Fiona Elder and Louise McDermott. Read their feedback here: Cilip22 Conference Reports


Fife High School Librarians Heritage Training 2021

In November 2021 we provided funding from the legacy TAFLIN funds for eight participants to attend a full day Heritage training session.  Read the report on the training session here: Fife High School Librarians Heritage Training Report


Cilips Conference and Autumn ReGathering Feedback 2021

This summer we sponsored one place at the ‘Reinvigorate and Renew’ themed virtual conference. Read Jennifer Dye’s reflections about her day here: Conference Feedback Report 2021

We also sponsored a place at the Autumn ReGathering in October, read Charlotte Kelham’s reflections about the day here: ReGathering Feedback Report 2021

CPD Funding Opportunities: Legacy TAFLIN FUNDS

Tayside and Fife Library and Information Network (TAFLIN) folded a number of years ago, leaving us a legacy. CILIPS Tayside has been tasked with managing the remaining CPD funds the organisation left behind. CILIPS members who work in the former TAFLIN area (Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross local authority areas) are invited to submit funding bids for personal CPD opportunities they have identified.

If you wish to bid for up to a maximum of £500 support then please contact Bids of no more than 500 words should outline what you hope to achieve from the training as well as a break down of the costs involved. All library and information related events such as seminars, workshops and conferences will be considered.

We would also stipulate that successful candidates submit a small reflective report afterward for the CILIPS Tayside webpage. Reports from other members who have benefitted from CPD funded opportunities can be read below.

Committee members from CILIPS Tayside will consider any bids received and respond within 3 weeks of receipt of an application.

For clarification: the legacy TAFLIN funds are only available to those who work in the former TAFLIN area. If you live in Fife but work in Edinburgh we would encourage you to consider the CILIPS Professional Development Fund as an alternative funding source to support your CPD.


CILIPS Conference Feedback 2020

We sponsored two places at the first virtual national conference. Our selected branch members (Jennifer Stewart and Maria Ramirez) enjoyed the event and you can read the feedback they submitted by following this link: Conference Feedback Reports 2020


CILIPS Conference & Autumn Gathering Feedback 2019

Four people were sponsored places to attend the national conference – each received one free day at the event. The lucky Cilips Tayside candidates selected were Hazel Cook, Laura Cagnazzo, Linda Hazle and Charlotte Kelman. The opportunity was much appreciated and you can read their detailed feedback by following this link: Conference Feedback Reports 2019

We also sponsored two places at the Autumn Gathering – Arlene Henderson and Michael Charlton thanked us for the chance to attend and you can read their reflections about the day here: Autumn Gathering Reports 2019


       Montrose Library Visit & Meet the President Event

                   Front of the red brick Montrose Library building on a bright day.Eleven Librarians in a group for a posed photograph with CILIPS President Yvonne Manning. CILIPS president is wearing the presidential chains of office.

A big THANK YOU to the Angus Libraries staff who provided us with a tour of the refurbished library in April 2019.

We were very interested to hear some history about this lovely Carnegie building, with its preserved period features contrasting with the motion sensor activated heating and lighting.

The seaside themed Children’s area was much admired as a great space for story-times and a highlight of the event was exploring the librarian’s live in flat. It was fascinating to think the building was once a home to the first librarian here and gave him brilliant views across the sand dunes from his parlour.

Yvonne Manning, CILIPS President for 2019, rounded off the tour with an informal talk about her time in the library world and being president. She incorporated a fun storytelling session and mentioned the themes of this June’s conference are to be laughter and courage.


Better Social Media for Libraries, Glasgow, March 2019        by Mark McKay

                       Ned Potter stands to the right of a presentation screen showing a slide with the word Instagram alongside two yellow speech bubbles.Presenter Ned Potter stands behind a lectern next to a drop down presentation screen, the slide on screen shows the text Tweet Images.

Thanks to Cilips Tayside I attended this course led by Ned Potter, an academic liaison librarian from the University of York. He did an excellent job of presenting the training in a highly engaging and accessible way.

Various platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were spoken about in turn. We looked at their changing popularity and tips on their use; before exploring helpful tools online to enhance our marketing. I found this section the most interesting – harnessing your historic audience engagement data to reveal the best time to post and what sort of content gets most likes.

We looked at sourcing and optimising images and creating content that goes beyond simply being informative – using informal and humorous posts may help draw attention to services. It was emphasised different media can work better for different libraries and that any increase in customer engagement is a success.

Throughout the day attendees were enthusiastic to swap experiences and tips to improve Social Media use and everyone went away with some new ideas and a buzz from the training. I found the course very useful and appreciated the opportunity to attend. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this subject.

Thanks to Sean McNamara for organising the hosting of this awesome event.


Visit to St Andrews University Library Special Collections

         Inside the St Andrews University Library Special Collections Unit, a member of staff looks through a rare book and talks about it to a group of visiting librarians, six of whom are picture gathered around her. There are also four other rare books displayed on cushions on the table in front of the staff member.      In the same room at the St Andrews University Library Special Collections Unit, the visiting librarians sit on a row of red chairs chatting, in the foreground there is a table with four rare books displayed on cushions.

We arranged a visit to see the treasures in the St Andrews University Library Special Collections Unit in September 2018. It was a very interesting event. Thank you to our hosts for looking out a selection of amazing books, providing a fascinating introduction to the work they do and for their friendliness.


Cilips Tayside Committee:

Chair – Laura Stewart

Secretary – Linda Hazle

Treasurer – Kayleigh McGarry

Web Editor – Kerry Briers

John Dare

Maria Ramirez

Tim Zijlstra


Seven people are sitting in the foyer of the newly built Harris Academy on a visit to their school library. Behind them is a sign which states Welcome to Harris Academy.

Harris Academy School Library Visit Sept. 2017


The winning team at the CILIPS Tayside Pub Quiz. Four people are sitting around their table looking at the camera, they have bottles of wine as their prize on the table in front of them.

Winning Team at our Pub Quiz in 2016


An action shot of the room where the CILIPS Tayside Pub Quiz was held. The quiz master is standing to the left of the picture, overseeing several tables with people gathered around them looking deep in conversation as they work out the correct answers.

Cilips Tayside Pub Quiz 2016


Committee Minutes/ Reports

CILIPS Annual Conference Feedback Reports 2023

Committee Meeting Minutes May 2023

Committee Meeting Minutes March 2023

AGM 1st December 2022

Committee Meeting Minutes August 2022

Committee Meeting Minutes May 2022

Committee Meeting Minutes March 2022

AGM 2nd December 2021

Committee Meeting Minutes November 2021

Committee Meeting Minutes June 2021

AGM 3rd December 2020

Committee Meeting Minutes March 2020

AGM 25th November 2019

Committee Meeting Minutes October 2019

E-mail Meeting Summary August 2019

Committee Meeting Minutes June 2019

E-mail Meeting Summary March 2019

AGM 5th December 2018

Committee Meeting Minutes November 2018

Conference Feedback Reports 2018

E-mail Meeting Summary May 2018

Committee Meeting Minutes March 2018

AGM 6th November 2017

E-mail Meeting Summary October 2017


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