Libraries are the beating heart of the school

A new report by Westminster politicians calls for every child in the UK to have a good library in their secondary school.

The Beating Heart of the School report recommends:

  • The Department for Education starts collecting figures about the number of schools that have a library and librarian
  • The Minister for Schools examines the full contribution that school libraries make to children’s education and development
  • Ofsted includes libraries in their inspections
  • The Department for Education has a lead staff-member for school libraries

Find out more about the report.

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CILIP Professional Registration and Accreditation Board

Applications are invited from Chartered Members and Fellows of CILIP to serve on the Professional Registration and Accreditation  Board, the body responsible for assessing all applications for Certificated Membership, Chartered Membership and Fellowship (ALCIP, MCLIP and FCLIP).

CILIP to host policy debate series

Members of CILIP and others across the library and information professions can observe and debate key questions relating to the role of libraries and the functions of sector professionals with the launch in July of CILIP Debates.

Is scholarly information sustainable?

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Gobinda Chowdhury’s latest book, Sustainability of Scholarly Information, the first book to discuss the sustainable development of digital scholarly information in three key aspects: economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Student and staff from Wycliffe School

School libraries in action: sparking development in the child, the school and the curriculum

Activities in the school library at Wycliffe College, Gloucestershire have ignited reading habits and uncovered real writing talent across the school’s year; 10 pupils, prompting the introduction of a brand new creative writing A-level.

Latest Events

***Re-imagining learning: a new opportunity for libraries***

This brand new event looks at the new opportunity that have emerged for libraries within the changing learning landscape. An expert panel of speakers have been brought together to share their views and experience in this changing environment.

Places for this event are limited. Book now and take advantage of early bird discounts. Further reductions are available to CILIP Members. 

CILIP's New Professionals Day 2014

CILIP's New Professionals Day 2014 is our annual conference aimed at those library and information professionals who are seeking guidance on their initial steps into their first professional roles. If you are still studying at university, have recently finished your information qualification or are in your first professional post, then this event is for you

IFLA Satellite Conference

Organised by the Public Libraries Section of IFLA, in collaboration with CILIP and the Society of Chief Librarians in England,  this two-day satellite conference is hosted by the new Library of Birmingham and provides an opportunity to discuss the latest developments in the public library world in the largest and most iconic public library in Europe.

CILIP Big Day and AGM 2014

CILIP’s Big Day is a free mini-conference for CILIP members bringing together high profile speakers, award presentations and CILIP’s Annual General Meeting. The event takes place on Saturday 20 September 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Bristol. 

Publisher and philanthropist William Sieghart is confirmed as this year’s keynote speaker and is joined by CILIP President Barbara Band and Vice President Jan Parry.

Attendance at this MEMBER ONLY event is free but registration is required - BOOK NOW

***CILIP RDA: Resource Description and Access Executive Briefing 2014***

What has been the impact of RDA a year on from implementation? This event will hear from some of the organisations involved and look at future strategies for RDA.