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.

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    A million decisions

    A joint campaign from CILIP and Health Education England (HEE)

    Every day across the healthcare sector in England more than a million decisions are made that have a profound and lasting impact on people's lives and which influence the quality of healthcare and the cost of services.

  • Support your library

    Libraries and information services make communities stronger, support research and innovation, and help businesses grow.

    Support library and information services by donating, promoting or campaigning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Information management is defined as: Collecting, organising, storing and exploiting information, data, expertise and other knowledge assets which are held within an organisation or network of organisations, ensuring that these assests remain available for future use.

  • 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.

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    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 7 February 2015.

  • Prison libraries

    CILIP believes that prisoner rehabilitation makes social and economic sense. Prison libraries and prison library staff play a key part in this by helping to improve prisoner literacy skills, encouraging a love of reading for pleasure and improving basic online skills.

  • 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. 

  • BBC Charter Review Public Consultation response

    The BBC plays a pivital role in the UK knowledge economy - CILIP responds to the BBC Charter Review public consultation which is seeking to engage the UK in a dialogue about the future of the BBC. 

  • CILIP Electionwatch campaign

    CILIP Election campaigns in 2016

    We are campaigning for library and information services ahead of the parliamentary (Scotland), National Assembly (Wales and Northern Ireland), local government (England and Wales) and Mayoral elections (England), taking place on 5 May 2016. 

  • Intellectual Freedom

    CILIP opposes censorship and supports the right to intellectual freedom.