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CILIPS Students & New Professionals Community

Welcome to the Students & New Professionals Community for Scotland!

We are a recently established group aiming to help people in the early part of their careers in the information and library sector to connect, share information and advice, and network. Whether you’re a LIS student, a recently-qualified librarian, somebody who is in their first library/information role or who is looking to change careers and learn more about library work, you are welcome in this group. Please see our Terms of Reference for more information on our purpose.

We have developed a list of useful resources that helped us when starting out in the profession. We hope you will find them helpful in some way too and will be adding to the list frequently.

We also run the New Voices blog, a space where new professionals can share their perspectives. We are keen to gather up some case studies from early-career professionals outlining their journey in the profession so far. Please see the resources on the right-hand side of this page for some guidance on writing one of these.

Our first event of 2022 took place on the 2nd of March on Zoom. This event, Taking Different Paths: Open Source Library Solutions, looked at career paths beyond the traditional idea of being on a library front desk. Eilish McLaughlin and Fiona Borthwick shared insights into their current job roles at PTFS Europe, discussing how their library backgrounds have given them the knowledge and experience to work with open source library solutions! If you missed out, you can watch the recording, or check out our closed captions.

This is our first event for this year, but we have an impressive rap sheet of previous events spanning our history as a committee! In August 2020, we ran our first ever event – an online Careers Workshop with Heather Marshall, Senior Librarian at Glasgow Caledonian University. If you missed out, you can view a recording of this session.

We also had our first (virtual) social on April 15th 2021! We hosted a quiz which was followed by time for chatting and getting to know fellow students and new professionals. We were also delighted to be participate in the Festival of Pride and Knowledge in June 2021 with the CILIP LGBTQ+ Network and CILIPS!

Happy Half Hour event link
We had our first ever Happy Half Hour events in September and October. These were relaxed evenings for attendees to wind down with other students and new professionals after a day of studying or working!

Our Professional Registration event took place on Monday 22nd November 2021 at 6.30pm. This was an exciting event where we found out what Professional Registration, Certification, and Chartership are and what they involve.

Please get in touch with us with your New Voices contributions or if you have an idea for an event or resources we could offer – we would love to hear from you! Email

If you would like to keep up-to-date with our work then join our mailing list and follow us on Twitter.


Organising group members

Secretary: Marta Trogu

Twitter: @martatrogu

Hi! My name is Marta and I work as Chief Library Assistant in the Acquisitions and Access department at the University of Glasgow Library. After my BA(Hons) in English, I undertook a MSc in Information and Library Studies and graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2018. I am originally from Sardinia (Italy) and I like to spend my free time reading and writing.

Events Coordinator: Elisabeth Nagy

Elisabeth Nagy

Twitter: @elisabeth_na

Hi, my name is Elisabeth and I’m the events coordinator for the SNPC! I graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2021 with a degree in Museum Studies and am now working as a public library assistant with Falkirk Libraries.
I’m originally from Germany where I studied English Language and Literature, as well as Communication Science. Next to coffee and reading I also really enjoy music, which includes both going to gigs and playing the flute.

Social Media Officer: Eilish McLaughlin

Eilish McLaughlin

Hi folks, I’m Eilish! I previously worked in academic libraries in Bradford and Belfast and also worked in a large international school library in Bangkok. I am currently working as a sales and marketing consultant for PTFS Europe, an open source software library solutions company and I’m also in my final year of a masters in library and information science with the University of Ulster. Previously, I was the Students and New Professionals Officer for CILIP Ireland and was co-director of an independent art gallery in Belfast.

Website Editor: Dana Copeland

Twitter: @danastoddart

Hello all! I’m Dana, and I currently work as a Digital Librarian in a college library. I completed the Information & Library Studies MSc at Strathclyde in 2020, starting my job a few weeks later! I also have an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Glasgow University. As you may have guessed from these degrees, I read a lot in my spare time! I love learning new things, so last year I completed a Beekeeping course, and this year I’ve been learning Gaelic.

Former Chair: Chloe Elder

Twitter: @chloe_v_elder

Hi! I’m Chloe, and I work as a Library Assistant at St George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh. I’ve enjoyed working in libraries and archives since graduating with my MSc in Information Management and Preservation from the University of Glasgow in 2018. With a background also in Book History and Comparative Literature, I like all things bookish. Originally from Florida, I love living in and exploring Scotland with my partner. My hobbies include dance, violin, climbing and cooking.

Former Events Coordinator: Elizabeth Carney

Twitter: @emcarney94

Hi there! My name is Elizabeth and I work as a Health Librarian for NHS Forth Valley. I always knew I wanted a career in libraries and so following my undergraduate degree and a year working full-time as a Library Assistant at the University of Glasgow, I undertook an MSc in Information and Library Studies, graduating from the University of Strathclyde in 2019. Outside of work, I like walking, playing the piano, and one of my favourite things to do is visit the Glasgow Women’s Library!

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