CILIPS Annual Conference 2008

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS) held their Centenary Conference in Peebles last week (3-5 June 2008). This year’s Conference also included sessions on health information services and talking to readers about books, which took place on Wed 4 Jun. The Branch and Group Day element, where branches and special interest groups of CILIP contribute to the programme, was also expanded to include guest speakers from Estonia and Finland.

To celebrate 100 years of a professional body for librarians in Scotland, CILIPS has digitised a number of images from the news archives of the Scottish Library Association (SLA), CILIPS’ predecessor. The images are available on flickr, offering an interesting historical insight into libraries and librarianship in Scotland through the years. All images have been described according to the information available but we’d love to see this supplemented with more details or personal reflections. Please visit the SLA Archive on the Scottish Libraries flickr pages to view the images and add your comments.

The images also appeared as a film show during Alan Hasson’s presidential address at Branch and Group Day on Thurs 5 Jun. A shorter version of this film will soon be available on SLAINTE.

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2 Responses

  1. What a fantastic resource! Thank you very much!

  2. The archive is fascinating as it lets you see the changing face of libraries over the years. It’s also interesting to get insight into the history of library services and innovation. I particularly liked the 1957 Kirkcaldy traders exhibition, where a group of children are enthralled by Nigerian visitors as part of a Commonwealth event. Wonderful to see libraries taking the lead in promoting cultural understanding even then.

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