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Conference Programme

The CILIP in Scotland Annual Conference returns to Dundee on the 5-6 June with the theme of ‘Strategies for Success’.

The event will be hosted by our 2017 President Liz McGettigan and will feature the following speakers.

You can now view the online programme with timings here.

Keynote Speakers


Miguel Figueroa

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries (, an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

Miguel’s talk will look at how thinking about the future starts when we activate our minds to looks for signals and trends outside of our immediate environments – and then think about those trends in light of our professional values and the values we seek to provide to our communities. Foresight and trend scanning help us envision the libraries of the future, oftentimes by using our own library skills in new ways. As we talk with our communities about the trends and signals we see, we can begin to make the move from futuring to innovation for better libraries.

Miguel will also present an interactive breakout session ‘from Futuring to Innovation’


Val McDermid

Picture by: Fraser Rice

Val McDermid is the first confirmed keynote speaker and is a keen supporter of libraries and an award winning writer. Val comes from Kirkcaldy, Fife, and read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford (where she is now an Honorary Fellow). She was the first ever student from a state school in Scotland and following graduation she became a journalist, and worked briefly as a dramatist.

Her first success as a novelist came with Report for Murder, The first Lindsay Gordon Mystery, published in 1987. Among her many awards are the Portico Prize for Fiction, the LA Times Book Prize, the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award and the Cartier Diamond Dagger. She has published 27 novels, short stories, non-fiction and a prize-winning children’s book. She is a regular broadcaster for BBC radio and lives in Edinburgh.

Val’s keynote talk will be titled ‘‘I Blame It All On The Librarians…’ and will discuss the ways in which libraries have played a role in her life and why she believes they are a vital part of communities and the seedbeds of our future.


Jane Secker and Chris Morrison

The Road to Copyright Literacy: a journey towards library empowerment – This joint keynote talk will be provided by Jane Secker, Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London and Chris Morrison, Copyright and Licensing Compliance Officer, University of Kent.

The talk will discuss the concept of copyright literacy and the role of librarians as copyright educators and the challenges this presents.


Nick Poole

Nick Poole became Chief Executive of CILIP in June 2015.

He was previously CEO of the Collections Trust and was responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organisation. In this role, Nick has been responsible for developing UK and international standards for information management, advising agencies on digital programmes and leading partnership initiatives with a range of leading digital companies.

Nick was elected to the Board of Wikimedia UK on 25 July 2015 and is former Chair of the Europeana Network and provided representation to the European Commission

Nick’s talk will look at the new CILIP membership offer and Action Plan and what it means for CILIP members in Scotland.


  • Opening keynote – Trends and signals for the library of the future – Miguel Figueroa, Director of the American Library Association Center for the Future of Libraries;
  • ‘I blame it all on the librarians….’ – A keynote from award winning author Val McDermid;
  • From futuring to innovation: an interactive workshop from Miguel Figueroa;
  • Copyright – updates on the legislative landscape – Fred Saunderson, Intellectual Property Specialist, National Library of Scotland;
  • Exploring the user experience: engaging library users through UX techniques – Leo Appleton, Director of Library Services, Goldsmiths, University of London ;
  • Re-imagining the academic library as a learning destination – Wendy Pirie, Head of Academic and Learner Services – Heriot Watt University;
  • Celtic Connections –  Linen Hall Library, Belfast – Custodian of Ireland’s local and national history – Samantha McCombe, Linen Hall Librarian ;
  • Information literacy for health: case studies from NHS Education for Scotland;
  • Building digital capability for changing roles – Lis Parcell, Subject Specialist: Libraries and Digital Resources, Jisc;
  • Hacking a digital future for libraries –  Gillian Daly, Head of Policy and Projects, SLIC; and
  • Shining a Light – Carnegie UK Trust research on the future of public libraries –  Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy Officer.


  • Securing the future: Where next for our community in 2018 and beyond, closing keynote from CILIP CEO Nick Poole;
  • Copyright literacy and the role of librarians as copyright educators – a joint keynote from Jane Secker and Chris Morrison;
  • If I googled you – what would I find? Managing your digital footprint – Nicola Osborne, Digital Education Manager & Service Manager, EDINA ;
  • Families matter: innovation in public libraries – Every Child a Library Member evaluation (Peter Reid, ‎Professor of Librarianship and Head of Information Management at Robert Gordon University) and Digi-dabble North Ayrshire’s award winning family project (Alison McAllister Systems and Support Officer, North Ayrshire Libraries);
  • Overcoming barriers in reaching readers – Jacqueline Geekie and Jennifer Horan, Aberdeenshire Libraries and Fiona Renfrew, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Libraries;
  • Fake news and alternative facts – The challenge for information professionals – The Information Literacy Community of Practice;
  • Informal recognition routes: Open Badges – Robert Stewart,  Learning and Development Adviser, Digital Learning Team, Scottish Social Services Council;
  • City of Edinburgh Libraries award winning Visually Impaired People service;
  • Spotlight on research – Papers on Linked Data: opening Scotland’s library content to the world (Dr. Diane Pennington, University of Strathclyde) and Towards an information literacy strategy for Scotland (Dr. John Crawford);
  • Perfect partnerships: Macmillan in libraries – Craig Menzies, Macmillan Programme Manager;
  • Scotland welcomes refugees – research into resettlement and social inclusion – Dr. Konstantina Martzoukou, Post Grad Programme Leader, Robert Gordon University – iSchool; and
  • Overcoming disability and barriers: using assistive technologies in libraries – Craig Mill – Assistant Technology Advisor, CALL Scotland .

Plus more across both days including:

  • Monday workshop – Poet Marjorie Lotfi Gill will lead a creative writing workshop on journey, from those as monumental as moving country in crisis to the daily act of leaving the house. The workshop will offer writing prompts as well as allowing some time to read around and discuss themes.  What do we carry with us and where do we belong? Marjorie Lotfi Gill is the Public Engagement Development Manager for the Scottish Poetry Library, and a founder of The Belonging Project, workshops reflecting on the flight, journey and assimilation of refugees;
  • After dinner entertainment (Monday night) ‘The Joy of Spines’: Graeme Hawley, General Collections Manager at the National Library of Scotland will perform his four-star fringe show about the Library collections. A profound, moving, surprising and sometimes hilarious wander through the miles (and miles) of Library shelves;
  • Business Breakfast – On the morning of Tuesday 6th June a breakfast for managers, leaders and employers on evidence based advocacy will be held;
  • CILIPS AGM, open to all members will take place at 10.15am on the 6th June, agenda to be announced nearer the time; and
  • A full conference exhibition featuring 20 exhibitors and a chance to win some prizes.


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