Academic and Research Libraries Group

The Academic and Research Libraries Group (ARLG) aims to provide a focus and forum for the professional concerns and interests of everyone working in academic or research libraries, linking those with current and emerging issues and developments and the overall direction of CILIP’s corporate plan.

Our 2014 conference "Academic libraries: the final frontier" took place at the University of Sussex from 23rd to 25th June. Presentations are available via slideshare or search alrg14.


  • South West Members' Day 2015: Focus on Copyright

    Thursday, 12 March 2015 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

    CILIP ARLG-SW and SWMN Members' Day 2015: Focus on Copyright

    'Focus on copyright' will provide an overview of the recent changes to copyright law in the UK. It is aimed at librarians who already have a basic knowledge of copyright law who need to understand how the law has changed.

    The event will cover:

    • Understanding the changes to copyright law in the UK
    • An opportunity to practice applying the law
    • Q&A session with a panel of experts
    • A session with the team who developed the website . This website is an independent online resource and provides accessible information on copyright for a wide range of users.

    The day will begin with AGMs for CILIP's South West Members Network and Academic and Research Libraries  SW Group.  We would encourage members to attend the AGMs and help to shape the next 12 months of our activities. 

  • Communicating with our Users

    Friday, 8 May 2015 - 10:00am to 12:45pm

    How well do you communicate with the people who use your library service: could you do more, or better? Are you desperate to make some changes but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’re keen to discover new ways of developing your relationship with your users? Then this course is for you!

    Over the course of one morning, ‘Communicating with our users’ will explore the principles of good communication with your readers, as well as give you practical tips for keeping the way you relate to your users fresh and current. The case studies will demonstrate examples of best practice in the field.

    The course will be followed by an optional tour of Dawson Books.


  • ARLG Members Day & AGM

    Thursday, 14 May 2015 - 10:00am to 4:30pm


    Save the date!

    The next ARLG Members Day will be held on Thursday 14th May and will focus on the theme of accessibility.  There will be a small cost of £10.00 to attend which includes lunch.  Numbers are limited to 90 delegates so book early to avoid disappointment.  Please state any dietary requirements and special considerations when booking.

  • ARLG SW 'HE in FE' event

    Friday, 15 May 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

    Join ARLG-SW in Exeter to network with colleagues, share experience and and learn more about current issues for HE in FE. 

    Save the date! Friday 15th May.  Booking details coming soon.