Scottish Libraries Programme of events Autumn/Winter 2012

There is a variety of events being offered in Scotland by CILIPS, CILIP and SLIC over the coming months. The details are here for noting:

Promoting Digital Resources: This practical workshop postponed from last June will run twice to satisfy demand, once on August 22nd and then repeated on September 19th. CILIPS is very pleased to be partnering the JISC RSCScotland on delivery of this course. The event is a sell out but you can drop cilips@slainte.org.uk a line if you’d like your name to go on the reserve list.

Our parent organisation CILIP is bringing the popular LMS Supplier showcase to Scotland for the first time. It’s coming to Edinburgh on September 20th. It’s a free event being held in the King James Hotel and you can get all the information you need here.

Autumn Gathering: Back for its third year, this one day conference organised by CILIPS is again being held in Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. This year’s theme is ‘literacies’ and speakers will be presenting on cross sectoral issues. You can see the full schedule here and you can book an early bird rate delegate place here  (early bird rates are available until 31st August).


In October and November CILIPS is offering two complementary courses on branding for your service and personal branding.’ Branding libraries: What does your brand say about your service?’ is a one day workshop being offered in partnership with the Open University Business School and is designed as a marketing taster course. It will take place in Glasgow on 18th October and  introduce some of the basic concepts underlying brand theory, explore some examples of good branding in public services and prompt some thinking on how libraries can move forward in their relationships with the communities they serve. Book a place and view the course description here.

In November we follow this up with a workshop on personal branding. CILIPS is delighted to have secured Kathy Ennis of Envision Training to run a one day workshop for us on 7th November in Glasgow. Making the most of what you’ve got: Personal Branding and Marketing for Career Success  is designed for the library and information professional seeking to make an impact in their working environment. Kathy’s workshop is a practical interactive session will show you how you can market yourself and your service effectively using personal branding as a professional development tool. Places are limited for this event and there’s a special early bird rate available until 30th September. For all the details and online booking click here.

Partner organisation SLIC are once again working with SCURL, MMITS, JISC and SALCTG to bring the annual eBooks conference to Scotland. The speaker line up is available to view here  and booking is already open for the event which takes place in Edinburgh on 25th October. Early bird rates are available until mid September and you can find out more and book here


Don’t forget that libraries also  feature heavily in the Festival of Politics during August and you can get details of events and speakers in an earlier posting or by visiting the Festival of Politics website.

Information literacy – context is all

CILIP in Scotland kicked off the 2011 Continuing Professional Development Programme last month with an event on information literacy held at the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

‘Information literacy – what’s in it for you?’ sold out very quickly and  delegates were attracted to the event by a mix of presentations and interactive workshops.  Ably chaired by Christine Irving, who formerly headed up the Scottish Information Literacy Framework Project at Glasgow Caledonian University, the morning sessions featured a range of high quality speakers addressing the topic of information literacy across the sectors. Dr Mark Hepworth of Loughborough University did a brilliant job of  explaining why we all need to be information literate by contextualising information literacy  as a skill for citizenship (empowerment, participation, informed decision making, democracy and building social capital) and locating it as a ‘culture’ rather than a skillset .  He was followed by Alison McAllister from North Ayrshire Council who explored the importance of information literacy in schools with the roll out of the Curriculum for Excellence. Michelle Drumm and Ian Watson from IRISS picked up on the theme of context again as they explored information literacy in the workplace.  All the presentations are available to view here.

The afternoon sessions gave delegates an opportunity to engage with these ideas in an interactive way by playing the information literacy game with Lesley Thomson and Jenny Foreman of the Scottish Government and trying out the award winning PADDI app designed by Dundee College and the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North and East, part of the AccessApps suite of software.

What did delegates think of the event overall?

‘A perfectly balanced programme’