Advocacy and campaigns

The leading voice for the sector, CILIP promotes the importance of the library, information and knowledge management community. We work with politicians, the media, the general public and key organisations to ensure that your voice is heard and that your value is recognised.

Information literacy

We all rely on information every day and knowing how to find, understand and use it is vital. A key public good delivered by the library, information and knowledge management community, information literacy is a core activity of those working in schools, public libraries and in the commercial and government sectors. 

Information management

Good information management skills, such as the effective storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, support all members of society. They are a vital part of the skills needed by library, information and knowledge management professionals.

Ebooks

Increasing demand for ebooks is transforming the publishing landscape. We strongly support the development of elending across the UK and work with other organisations to advocate for ebook lending in all types of libraries.

Copyright

CILIP and the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA) advocate for a fair and balanced copyright framework which respects the rights of copyright holders whilst placing equal value on the importance of users’ liberties.

Academic and research libraries

Librarians and information professionals in universities and colleges make a vital contribution to teaching and learning. We work to ensure that this is recognised by employers, politicians, the media and the public. 

Public libraries

Professionally delivered, high quality and relevant public libraries are vital. We work with politicians, the media, key organisations and the public to champion the contribution of public library services to literacy, learning, health and wellbeing, and employment. 

School libraries

School librarians help children and young people navigate the information world, improving their information literacy skills, and as a result, their life chances. They also make a vital contribution to teaching and learning. We believe in the value and importance of the professionally managed school library. We advocate for school libraries and librarians through our campaigns, consultation responses and ongoing public affairs activity. 

Health

Library, information and knowledge management services across all sectors make valuable contributions to the promotion of health and patient well-being. We advocate to make sure that this is recognised. 

CILIP co-ordinates the work of the Joint Health Strategy Group along with the Society of College, National and University Libraries (Sconul). 

International

Library and information services are crucial to achieving access to information and freedom of expression and in fostering literacy and learning. We monitor global developments relevant to information professionals and advance the interests of our members by working with a number of international organisations.

National Libraries Day

The culmination of a week's worth of events in schools, college, university, workplace and public libraries across the UK, National Libraries Day highlights the great work of librarians and information professionals everywhere.

National Libraries Day will take place on Saturday 8 February 2014.

Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group

The Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is made up of MPs and Lords from across the political spectrum. It provides information and opportunities for debate and promotes and discusses the wider information and knowledge sector including the impact of technology, skills and professional standards.

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