CILIPS Council Meeting Tue 27 October

CILIPS Council met yesterday in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. This was the first of our new style, inclusive meetings with old-style committees replaced by lively discussion groups.

Council discussed the CILIP Encompass proposals and, mindful of forthcoming legislation, endorsed the plans to include a presentation about Encompass at the forthcoming CILIPS Equalities and Diversity training event. Director Elaine Fulton stressed that sending staff to training events on equalities/diversity issues was one way for Council’s to demonstrate compliance with statutory obligations under race Relations legislation.

The Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Site of the CILIPS Council meeting and new venue for this year's CILIPS Annual Conference.

In recognition of her innovative work, Liz McGettigan, Libraries and Information Services Manager at Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services was elected as Junior Vice President 2010 and she will go on to become CILIPS President in 2012. Alistair Campbell stands down as Honorary Treasurer of CILIPS in December 2009 and his successor was confirmed as Audrey Walker of Turcan Connell and, previously, CILIPS representative to the CILIP Policy Forum. Sheila Miller of Stirling Council follows Audrey to be CILIPS nominee to the CILIP Branch/Group forum the successor forum to the CILIP Policy Forum.

Gillian Hanlon, Senior Information Officer (Acting) at SLIC reported on developments with Slainte and e-services. Her work on developing web 2.0 guidelines will be published shortly and, as a result of IFLA, she will be involved in the development of international guidelines for web 2.0. This all comes from research, testing and feedback from members so very much a team effort.

CILIP and CILIPS, as part of the devolved nations agenda, have been developing a framework agreement. The document now includes a section for CILIP in England with a collective voice via the English Branch Forum. CILIPS endorsed the document and this will now go forward to CILIP Council, with a view to embedding it into CILIP regulations, together with an underpinning schedule.

Bob McKee, CILIP CEO, trialed a professional discussion with the working title ‘The Big Conversation’ with CILIPS members. He asked members to get involved in discussions about the activities of professional bodies, the need to change traditional mechanisms for member engagement and to respond to changing needs. Professional bodies are often heavy on print, qualifications and regulation but the landscape has changed focus to competences, a generation of uploaders and an imperative to be far more flexible in responding to needs.

Following on from this debate, CILIPS Council passed a paper on printed communications overhauling the ‘Information Scotland’ journal from the end of the year to a fully online journal, supported by a printed news supplement and RSS feeds. In similarly radical mood, the Council agreed to hold the 2010 CILIPS Conference at the Mitchell Library which offers greater potential for flexible packages, a city centre location and wifi connectivity. The dates will be7th-9th June 2010 and details will be circulated via Slainte.

SLIC passed on to CILIPS members that the self evaluations toolkits for further education colleges and schools will be published before the end of the year with a range of web-based resources. The FE toolkit will be launched on 4th December 2009 at the SLIC FE Conference and the date for the schools toolkit is still be finalised. SLIC’s Innovation and Development Showcase will be held on 3rd November and members were encouraged to attend. Details on http://www.slainte.org.uk.

At the end of the meeting Margaret Forrest gave her Presidential Report with her highlights being attendance at CILIP Cymru, the Irish Joint Conference, the Twin Cities Conference and CILIPS Conference. She also attended reading promotion launches, visited services and went to a number of ‘Meet the President’ or Meet the Members events (as she preferred to say).

The Council meeting was followed by the presentation of Honorary Membership to Mairi Anderson, Napier University; Alan Hasson, Scottish Borders Council; Marion McLarty, formerly North Ayrshire Council; and Michael Roberts, University of Strathclyde.

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