This year our annual CILIPS Conference was taking place as the Olympic torch relay made its way around Scotland. For the first time we held the Conference in Dundee and so were able to welcome the Olympic torch across the Tay Bridge and into the city at the close of our two day event.
CILIPS President Peter Reid opened the Conference and you can you can read his reflections here. Over 200 delegates joined us to hear a range of speakers including Rosemary Goring of the Herald, Klaus Tochtermann and conference favourite, Dave Pattern. CILIPS had invited a range of keynote speakers and other presenters to generate two days of new ideas, debate, questions and discussion. In attendance too was CILIP Chief Executive Annie Mauger alongside Director of Professional Services, Simon Edwards, who offered an insight into the revised body of professional knowledge.
Steve Wheeler (aka @timbuckteeth) in his Tuesday keynote challenged us to think about the role of libraries and learning in the digital age, a theme he also addressed in a recent Panlibus article. Michael Charlton, a member of CILIPS Council. offered his perspective on the Conference in a blog posting. You can enjoy a storify of the event here. Initial feedback from our delegates suggest they enjoyed the event and found the presentations relevant to their needs. All the presentations can be found here.
We were also visited by Jennifer Jones of the #citizen relay project who was following the Olympic torch across Scotland. She interviewed some of our delegates. Check here to listen to Yvonne Manning, Principal Librarian at Falkirk Council being interviewed and here to listen to President Peter Reid. You can learn more about the #citizen relay project in this blog posting from Martin Hawksey, Learning Technology Adviser at JISC CETIS. How many librarians you can spot?
We couldn’t end this post without a special thanks to Central Branch who lent their help during Day Two of the Conference and also to the exhibitors (over 20 of them!) who sponsored the event.
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