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.


  • Teachmeet

    Friday, 6 February 2015 - 1:45pm to 4:15pm

    A chance for librarians from the region to meet up, share their experiences of teaching information skills and help each other out. Please bring along a success you would like to share, a resource to talk about, or an issue or problem you have encountered in your teaching with which you would like help.

    We will also have a short session on Flipping the Classroom in library teaching, led by Nicola Sales. In order to boost student engagement and knowledge retention with information skills training Nicola trialled the teaching concept, ‘Flipping the Classroom’ at the University of Salford. This short session will look at how the ‘flipping the classroom’ concept has been implemented as well as the benefits, drawbacks and tips for best practice for this training method. Nicola will also show the new digital skills learning blog launched  by Salford in September 2014 as a social media tool to improve library engagement.

    We are sorry, but all places have now been filled.

  • Moving into management

    Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 1:15pm to 5:00pm

    ARLG Eastern warmly invites you to join us for what promises to be an interesting and informative event on the topic of moving into management on Thursday 12th February 2015 at Christ’s College, Cambridge.  Whether you’re thinking about moving into a management post, wondering how to gain management experience, grappling with the challenges that management can present, or want to exchange best practice with other colleagues in the region, this event is for you!

    We will be holding our AGM at 1.15pm with registration for the event opening at 1.30pm.

    Our keynote speaker is Barbara Allan, Dean of Westminster Business School. As Dean, Barbara provides leadership for courses and programmes which are aimed at a super-diverse community of undergraduates and postgraduates representing more than 100 countries. She has published extensively on the topics of management and leadership for information and library professionals.

    This will be followed by two case-studies on management experiences from Jo Myhill, Head of Academic Liaison at the University of Bedfordshire, and Andrew Gray, Librarian of the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge. 

  • Digital Literacy – librarians, staff and students – where are we now?

    Friday, 20 February 2015 - 10:00am to 4:15pm

    Are we supporting our own and the digital literacy of users as technology and education moves forward apace?   In the morning, Charlie Inskip (Department of Information Studies, UCL) will give us  an overview on evolving digital literacy competencies, and Sally Patalong (Coventry University) will talk us through making sure that library staff are equipped and skilled themselves in order to support users.  In the afternoon Anthony Beal from JISC will reveal how we can tell if our users are digitally literate and Helen Blanchett (Newcastle University) will lead a workshop on helping us to develop practical skills and solutions.  Dan Heath (Grwp Llandrillo Menai) will round off the afternoon to put digital literacy into a context of e-safety and considering our digital footprint.  The day includes a workshop and plenty of opportunities for networking and questions.

  • 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.