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.

Latest News

The different uses of public libraries

Speaking volumes about the worth and work of public libraries

Public libraries are, in many ways, unsung heroes of multi-tasking; they can act as social, learning and cultural hubs, they can foster economic wellbeing, and can help enhance the wellbeing of individuals and communities more generally. 

The top technologies every librarian needs to know

Facet Publishing have announced the release of The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA guide, edited by Kenneth J Varnum. It shows library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits.

How can libraries put their users first when developing their collections?

Edited by Karl Bridges, Customer-based Collection Development: An overview, gathers together the best practitioners in the emerging field of patron/demand-driven acquisition, whose goal is to find out what library users need and want and manage collections accordingly.

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Six tips for managing your professional online profile

Professional online profiles are part of the toolkit of everyday life. Here are six tips distilled from Matt Holland’s experience of creating and maintaining a number of profiles over time.

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).

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 LMS Suppliers Showcase - Edinburgh***

CILIP's regional Library Management Systems (LMS) Suppliers Showcase gives you the opportunity to talk to the experts on how you can get the most out of your library management system.