CILIPS Autumn Gathering 2012

Carnegie Conference Centre welcomed a record 135 delegates to the #CILIPSAG12 event last week and still we had a waiting list to see and hear a varied programme of speakers!


The ‘literacies’ theme proved to be incredibly popular with our members as did each of the keynote presentations from Hannah Gore, Biddy Fisher and Dughall McCormick.


The parallel sessions were equally popular with Gordon Hunt crying out for more chairs to seat those who had turned up to hear Jennifer Jones discuss social media. The packed session meant that some of us (including me) had to be turned away.


During the course of the day delegates were encouraged to tweet their thoughts, impressions and photos and many did. Richard Hawkins of CILIP kindly created a twitter archive for us which you can view here. (just click ‘archive’ at the bottom to view. Thank you Richard!


Once again, our event was well supported by a range of exhibitors, for which we’re very grateful. There were prizes won too in an afternoon draw including champagne, chocolates and an e-reader.


CILIP CEO Annie Mauger hosted a #shoutabout table over lunch which gave school librarians an opportunity to discuss the sector landscape in Scotland in advance of the lobby taking place at the Scottish Parliament on 27th October.
Feedback is still to be analysed but it looks like most delegates enjoyed a useful and productive day where they were able to encounter and discuss new ideas, engage with suppliers and network with colleagues.

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.

Where politics and libraries meet #fop12

The Scottish Parliament has created its own Festival of Politics  which runs between 17-25 August in Edinburgh.  Debate and discussion are at the heart of the event, now in its eighth year. Our 2011 CILIPS President Alan Reid, last year opined that the Festival didn’t seem directly relevant to our own professional concerns.  He’s clearly a man of influence because this year’s themed programme ‘Politics. Culture. Creativity. A force for change’ includes several events featuring libraries, writers and professional practice.

So as Alan might ask, ‘What’s in  the programme for library professionals this time around?’

Well, Festival partners Carnegie UK Trust are offering the following sessions featuring some well known faces from CILIP and the library world.

Public libraries in the digital age (Committee Room 1, Friday 17 August, 1.30-2.30pm)
New technology provides new opportunities for public libraries to reimagine themselves and to provide new kinds of services; but also changes the traditional model of the public library service.  How can libraries respond to these opportunities and challenges, and ensure that the public library service remains relevant to the needs of 21st century citizens?   This session, chaired by Melvyn Ingleson of Microsoft, includes contributions from Martyn Wade, National Library of Scotland, Max Whitby from Touch Press, and Liz McGettigan, Edinburgh City Libraries.

The importance of reading to children (Main Chamber, Saturday 18th August, 11.30am – 1pm)
Reading to children and encouraging children to read, is one of the most significant ways to improve their life chances.  This session will explore how we can encourage children to read and what we can learn from practice throughout the UK.  Annie Mauger, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Marc Lambert, Scottish Book Trust, Miranda McKearney from the Reading Agency, and children’s author Theresa Breslin will debate the key issues.  The event will be chaired by John Scott MSP, Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

Aye Write! and the National Library of Scotland have joined forces to present

Preserving our Culture, Shaping our Future
Saturday 25 August 10.30-11.30am, The Scottish Parliament, Committee Room 3

Stuart Kelly will chair a discussion on the importance of archives to cultural heritage.  Speakers include Professor Richard Demarco, of the Demarco European Art Foundation, and David McClay, Curator of the John Murray Archive at the National Library of Scotland.

Aye Write! are also offering a second event:

Scotland’s Bookshelf – Politics and Society in Scottish Writing
Friday 24 August 6.30-7.30pm, The Scottish Parliament, Debating Chamber

Hear Iain Banks, James Robertson, Louise Welsh and others discuss how Scottish writing has reflected our politics and society over the last century.

You can find out more by downloading the full programme

and you can book tickets by clicking here

Many of the sessions at the Festival are free or charge only a nominal fee. The theme complements the Year of Creative Scotland which also involves several library initiatives. Where else should professionals be discussing library matters in relation to their political context this summer but at the Scottish Parliament!

Put the @GWLkettle on – CILIPS is coming for tea!

What is Glasgow Women’s Library? That’s what 20 librarians hoped to find out when CILIPS organised a visit and tour of this resource one evening earlier this week. We met guide and fellow librarian, Wendy Kirk, who introduced us to the collection housed at the Mitchell Library in Charing Cross.

The Glasgow Women’s Library is the only resource of its kind in Scotland and is part of the Women’s Information Network of Europe. Its origins lie in a City of Culture initiative and this year it will celebrate its 20th anniversary having been located in Garnethill and Trongate during its long existence. As well as a lending stock Glasgow Women’s Library also has museum status and is home to a collection of memorabilia and archives celebrating women’s history and lives. Everything contained in the collection has been donated – the Library is independent of the public library network and receives no funding for core costs so has to fundraise to develop. Balance is achieved via a sensible acquisitions and disposal policy.

Yet Glasgow Women’s Library is so much more than a collection of books and journals. Around 80 volunteers assist the permanent team of 13 staff in delivering services  to a diverse group of users drawn from the length and breadth of the country.  Learning is at the heart of what the Library offers.  It runs specialised learning programmes and activities including adult literacy and numeracy, guided heritage walks and even film screenings. The website is where  you can get access to the library catalogue as well as a rich resource of other information about the library, its collection, projects and special events.  The highlight of the visit for me (apart from the tea and chocolate biscuits of course) was the collection of ‘Spare Rib’ journals – an essential read  when I was younger. The topics it addressed transported me to my youth.

We were also shown an incredible archive of old knitting patterns and feminist comics and introduced to the learning space where classes take place. All of us had the opportunity to join the Library and some of us left with books borrowed from the collection, after thanking Wendy for  a really interesting and enjoyable visit.

It’s public knowledge – or is it?

This week SLIC and CILIPS have been engaged in drafting a response to the Scottish Government consultation on proposals for a Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. The consultation follows an earlier exercise to determine what should be included in amendment legislation.

In common with the outgoing Scottish Information Commissioner SLIC and CILIPS argued for the inclusion of additional bodies, such as local authority trusts to be designated under FOI(S)A legislation but the latest proposal suggests only two technical amendments and not the hoped for extension of coverage of the Act.

Scotland’s Information Commissioner, Kevin Dunion,  who will demit office later this month, contends that the state of freedom of information in Scotland is still strong but acknowledges there is more to be done. His final report  is well worth a read in the context of the current consultation and what is and is not a ‘designated body’ as that is where our concerns lie.

SLIC and CILIPS will continue to advocate for extending peoples’ information rights. We would like the loop to be closed on anomalies such as that experienced by residents of one local authority who lost the legal right to ask for information about their leisure services in 2009 when leisure services was outsourced to a trust. We remain optimistic that the Scottish Government will extend our ‘right to know’ in a future parliamentary session.

National Libraries Day: In the Loop

People up and down the UK celebrated National Libraries Day on February 4th in a variety of ways from Stephen Fry’s description of them as ‘places of incredible glamour, possibility, power, excitement and pleasure’ to author Julia Donaldson’s protest poem on library closures down south.  Libraries across the nation delivered  special activities to mark the occasion while off duty librarians did their bit too.

Newspapers including the Herald and  Financial Times made the case for the value of libraries to economy and society and set the positive tone for the day ahead – a Glasgow librarithon and shoogle tour called In the Loop!.

In Glasgow, Anabel Marsh, librarian at Strathclyde University Jordanhill Campus developed an idea for a librarithon based around stops on the Glasgow Underground and floated it at a recent tweet up where it generated a lot of interest. In the run up to National Libraries Day librarians, CILIP in Scotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow Subway all offered to support the initiative resulting in a hugely enjoyable day of fun, culture, learning, exploration and networking.

Glasgow Subways presented participants with ‘shooglebags’ to hold the books we would borrow at each library and they even sent a photographer along to record the event.  STV picked up the story and featured it on their website.

Assisted by our guide, Myra Paterson, a chartership candidate at Glasgow Life who gave up her day off to escort us around four very different service points in Glasgow, we were welcomed with coffee and proud enthusiasm from Doreen, Jo and John who showed us around Hillhead Library, library at GOMA, Partick Library and Gorbals Library on the south side of the river Clyde. Children’s author, Lynne Rickards joined us for part of the tour and for lunch in the west end of Glasgow. Anabel has blogged about the event and about ‘shoogle’ terminology while Lauren Smith, CILIP Vice President, described her experience using lots of pictures. Lynn Corrigan gave us a diary record with photos

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Glasgow Library Tweeps :Tweet Up #GLTU

CILIPS is delighted to help promote an initiative from library tweeter @anabelmarsh. Anabel has been sharpening her tweeting skills since attending a CILIPS organised CPD event led by @Gillianhanlon some time ago.

Anabel has proposed a Tweet Up to take place in Glasgow on Friday 20th January at the Drum and Monkey on St Vincent Street from 5.30pm onwards.  The event is intended to welcome CILIP incoming Vice President @walkyouhome (Lauren Smith) to the city of Glasgow and to meet Scottish library tweeps.

There will also be time to share ideas and suggestions for promoting National Libraries Day on 4th February so if this sounds like an event you’d like to join click here to find out more and sign up.