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Tayside Branch

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


Next Committee Meeting: tbc


CILIPS Conference & Autumn Gathering Feedback 2019

This year we sponsored places at the national conference for four people – 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 to attend was much appreciated and you can read their detailed feedback by following this link: Conference Feedback Reports 2019

We also sponsored a place at the Autumn Gathering – Arlene Henderson thanked us for the chance to attend and you can read her reflections about the day here: Autumn Gathering Report 2019


       Montrose Library Visit & Meet the President Event


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

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


Thanks to Cilips Tayside I recently 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


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 and Branch Rep to Council   Neil Paterson –

Secretary – Laura Stewart –

Web Editor – Mark McKay –

Aileen Henderson –

John Dare –

Linda Hazle –

Maria Ramirez –


Harris Academy School Library Visit Sept. 2017


Winning Team at our Pub Quiz in 2016


Cilips Tayside Pub Quiz 2016


Committee Minutes/ Reports

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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