The information profession has changed in recent years and it is -continuing to evolve,with new - opportunities and challenges for those working within it.
These challenges and opportunities take many forms; cut across sectors and will impact on all information professionals. From fake news and information literacy to knowledge management and big data, the roles of information and knowledge workers continue to support people, organisations and governments in a digital landscape.
CILIP’s role in supporting information professionals is also evolving, with the launch of the new membership model. With an open approach it has been carefully designed to help build a modern profession through support, community, advocacy and leadership.
There are thousands of CILIP members working in information and library related services. Fellow professionals can be a source of inspiration and support and CILIP’s new membership model takes full advantage of this. A redesigned website brings a new community area where ideas can be exchanged and built upon – helping individuals and the profession as a whole to seek out, create and deliver best practice.
Known as Social Link, it is about more than professional development, it is about building a strong community that can support and deliver a strong library and information sector for all. CILIP has always valued the contributions of its members through its special interest groups, regional networks and member-led board. Social Link will make it easier to be involved in the conversations that shape the profession – log on to CILIP’s website, explore and get involved. CILIP will continue to run regular events including its annual conference, which takes place in Brighton on 4-5 July 2018.
CILIP has already taken significant steps in its advocacy works over the last couple of years. From high profile media campaigns and partnerships to direct lobbying of political leaders, the aim has been to put CILIP at the heart of discussions and decision-making.
Advocacy work is about raising the profile of CILIP, making sure the organisation is heard and ensuring libraries, librarians, and the contributions of all information workers are recognised and valued. For too long there has been a notion that the services offered by the information profession are “nice to have” rather than crucial. CILIP is changing that view, pushing the idea that access to accurate, trusted information has positive impacts on everyone’s lives – it touches on health and wellbeing; drives innovation; boosts the economy; supports education and training; and helps develop lifelong skills.
Members will be supported by CILIP throughout their career – with a variety of resources that can be used and accessed in different way. The aim is to give members choice in how they approach their continued professional development. From online learning in the VLE to regular newsletters, professional journals and the newly launched Information Professional magazine which, will be available to members in print, through a redesigned app and on CILIP’s website
CILIP’s Professional Knowledge and Skills Base helps identify strengths and areas for improvement. For those wanting to formalise their CPD, CILIP continues to assist members through professional registration. There is a clear pathway from Certification to Chartership to Fellowship, all backed by CILIP’s growing network of mentors.
A new membership strand has been created offering additional benefits and opportunities for leaders and aspiring leaders. It gives exclusive access to networking events, a dedicated newsletter and free membership to the Chartered Management Institute.
CILIP Chief Executive Nick Poole says
: “At CILIP, we care deeply about the future of our profession, which includes making sure that we can attract, develop and retain the best and most diverse talent from the UK workforce. The information professionals of the future will come from many different disciplines and educational backgrounds, so we need to ensure that our community is as open, welcoming and inclusive as possible.
Our new membership model, voted in by our members in February 2017, combines a more inclusive approach with simplicity and affordability. It makes CILIP membership accessible to everyone who works with information and libraries. We want to open up our community to all types of information professional, securing the future supply of skills and encouraging more people to embrace professional registration and Chartership both as a ‘quality mark’ of their skills and values for employers and as an investment in their own career.
A key focus for us is to develop leadership skills across the whole information sector, with a particular emphasis on helping women to build successful careers as leaders. This is why our new membership model includes an exciting ‘Leaders Network’ option – offering access to specialist guidance, advice, support and networking to develop the leaders of the future.
Over the next three to four years, building on our successful programme of campaigning, delivery and best practice, CILIP will focus on growing the proportion of our profession that are CILIP members, ensuring that we can speak with authority on behalf of all information professionals.
Every CILIP member has a role to play in this. We need you to champion the value of being involved in your professional association to your friends, colleagues, networks and employers. The bigger our community, the more we can do to help open up opportunities for information professionals everywhere.