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CILIPS in 2016 – A look back at another busy year

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CILIP in Scotland delivers services to just over 10% of the total UK CILIP membership community.  That’s a membership community of around 1390 working across the library and information sector.

Here are some of the highlights of our work for and with the membership during 2016.

In the lead up to the Scottish Parliamentary elections we

We responded to consultations called by:

  • Edinburgh Council;
  • Argyll and Bute Council;
  • Culture North Lanarkshire; and
  • The Scottish Government.


As part of our ongoing support for members in the school library sector we:



We delivered a series of training events on:

  • Professional Registration
  • Mentoring Exchange of Experience
  • Mentor training
  • Reflective writing
  • Portfolio Building
  • Library privacy in liaison with Scottish PEN
  • Professional Careers Skills Training (in liaison with IRMS)
  • A national two day conference ‘Making Connections
  • A one day Autumn Gathering event followed by a Liteature and Libraries Reception



We also



Our President, award winning children’s author, Theresa Breslin:

  • Adopted a high profile role in the fight to retain professional librarians in Argyll and Bute schools;
  • Undertook a series of ‘Meet the President’ events around the country;
  • Travelled to Wales for the CILIP CYMRU Conference, to Ireland for the CILIP Ireland Conference and to Brighton for the CILIP Conference;
  • Worked with the staff team to plan, programme and host our own sell out national conference held in Dundee last June

Our Branches and Groups hosted a series of events around the country including:

  • Pub quizzes;
  • library visits;
  • bowling evenings
  • Carnegie/Greenaway celebrations;

as well as more formal learning events on professional subjects such as

  • Copyright and
  • linked data



In the wider Scottish context we participated in:

Our Trustees worked extremely hard throughout the year to ensure that we end 2016 showing a financial surplus (which in 2017 will again  be reinvested in the membership) and to guide and steer us through a long, legal process to change our charitable status to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation with OSCR.

All Pictures: Charlie Sherry
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