Posted on 20 September 2014

Inspiring member achievements and important decisions at CILIP’s Big Day and AGM

Over 150 library and information professionals attended CILIP’s Big Day and Annual General Meeting in Bristol on Saturday 20 September.

Philanthropist, entrepreneur and publisher William Sieghart gave a keynote speech about public library services in England, he said, “It’s a world that’s begging for action. It needs a change of narrative, it’s in a downward spiral of negativity, judicial reviews, closures, volunteers, we do not have a positive narrative but there are elements of positivity.

We need to do something urgently. We’re at a Beeching moment - the review that led to the closure of railway branch lines - which many regret, and that’s why this is urgent.”

William chairs the Independent Review of Public Library Services in England, jointly commissioned by the Culture Department and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

William also announced the winner of the CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award, which went to Enterprise Hubs, a partnership development between Northamptonshire Library and Information Service and the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership which stimulates business start-ups and self-employment among the region’s budding entrepreneurs and job seekers.

In her speech CILIP President Barbara Band launched a new statement outlining the essential role library and information professionals play driving digital inclusion.

Barbara said, “I’m not saying we throw out all the old traditions and I love those huge quiet libraries with rows of wooden shelves full of books but their place isn’t within a living, evolving community. The digital revolution has transformed the information world. Libraries and librarians still have a significant role in society, linked to literature and reading, but they also create cultural content and engender ownership by involving their community.”

Vice President Jan Parry explained the essential role of information in the Hillsborough football disaster project. The Hillsborough Independent Panel was created to oversee the disclosure of documents relating to the disaster. The Panel reviewed over 450,000 pages of material. In September 2012 the disclosed documents were published, with the families of the bereaved being informed first.

Jan said, “I started working in this sector because it combined information work with helping people. Working for the Hillsborough Independent Panel I have used many of the skills learned in my career and I consider it the best job I have ever done.”

Celebration of achievements

Seven outstanding library and information professionals were recognised for their dedication to the profession and positive impact on members’ personal and professional development.

The 2014 CILIP Mentor of the Year Award was awarded to Sam Wiggins, Senior Research Librarian at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, who said:

“I started mentoring to give back something to a profession that I’ve gained a lot from in a relatively short space of time, so to have been nominated for Mentor of the Year means a great deal to me. There is so much enthusiasm among our peers for the many varied roles that we all fulfil, and I find that mentoring is a great way to share that passion.

I’m certain that I’ve learned as much from my mentees as they have from me! I particularly like that a mentoring relationship doesn’t have to end with the submission of a portfolio – the advice, support and assistance can remain for as long as is necessary.”

Six library and information professionals received Honorary Fellowship of CILIP. Honorary Fellows are nominated by members for raising the profile of library information services, for advocacy or for being distinguished in areas that are associated with libraries, information or research.

The Honorary Fellows recognised in 2014 are:

Danny Budzak

Recognised for being at the forefront of using new technologies to provide information and knowledge services.

Danny has worked in Information Management and Information Governance for over 25 years. He was one of the first local authority web editors in the country. Danny managed information governance processes at the London Development Agency and currently works at the London Legacy Development Corporation.

He was awarded a New Statesman New Media Award for his work at Newham Council.

Janene Cox MCLIP

Recognised for her passionate commitment to public library services.

As President of the Society of Chief Librarians Janene spearheaded the development of the Universal Offers from public libraries across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

She has built strong partnerships with a range of organisations including Arts Council (England), the Local Government Association, Carnegie UK Trust, government departments, The Reading Agency, the British Library and CILIP.

Lloyd Ellis BLib

Recognised his long and committed service and support to CILIP in Wales, and the profession.

Lloyd is a former Chair of the Welsh Library Association, served as a CILIP Branch Councillor for Wales and made a significant contribution to the profession in Wales as Vice Chair and then Chair of CILIP Cymru Wales.

He enjoys reminding anyone who will listen that “Libraries in Wales are more popular than rugby matches”.

Jennifer Housego

Recognised for her role in developing high quality information services within the law enforcement area of government.

Jennifer has worked for HMRC‘s National Coordination Unit, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the National Crime Agency.

She successfully advocates for the value of information professionals and the benefits of open source information, and is a strong co-ordinator across agencies bringing activities and people together to achieve common information service goals. 

John Vincent MCLIP

Recognised for a lifetime commitment to diversity and inclusion.

John has coordinated The Network since 1999, which works to advocate social justice, to disseminate information and to run courses.

 He is published widely on all areas of equalities, and is a champion for the crucial role that libraries in all sectors have in contributing to social justice. He is a member of judging panel for the CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award.

Philip Wark MCLIP

Recognised for years of dedicated CILIP activism and championing the cause of the vulnerable and socially excluded.

Philip is a long-standing and passionate advocate for the role of libraries in delivering inclusive services. He was instrumental in establishing the CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award.

As he retires as head of Midlothian Libraries, Philip celebrates that his service won the Bookseller’s Library of the Year Award 2014.

AGM outcomes

Members voted at the AGM on two important issues; the proposals to change CILIP’s governance model and membership subscription rates for 2015.

Members voted in favour of the proposed subscription rates. Features of the rates which will be introduced from 1 January 2015:

  • Introduction of a Newly Qualified grade; a 50% discount for one year for those in their first year of work immediately following their student membership.
  • Introduction of a new Senior Career grade for those members earning over £42,000, the 40% UK tax threshold for 2014/15. This rate will be linked to this tax band for future years.
  • Increase of all subscriptions rates by 2% except unwaged members and those earning under £5,000 a year.
  • To freeze the subscriptions rate for unwaged members and those earning under £5,000.

As the changes to CILIP’s governance require the Bye Laws to be amended a two-thirds majority vote was required. Members voted in favour of adopting the new model of governance. The new model includes the creation of a Policy Committee and Resources Committee. CILIP Council is re-named a Board and Councillors become Board Members. The elections and appointments process to the Board remains unchanged:

  • The Office of the President (including Vice President, President and Past President) is retained.
  • The Board will comprise twelve elected Board Members and up to three co-opted Board Members.

Martyn Wade, Chair of Council, said, “This vote is the culmination of a two year process of review and consultation about CILIP’s governance model. I would like to thank all members, Devolved Nations, Regional Member Networks, and Special Interest Groups for providing their views and inviting us to their meetings to discuss the proposals. Good governance is essential and means that CILIP is sustainable and relevant to members and potential members.”

Media contact

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Notes for editors

1. CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award

Full details about the 2014 award winner.

Watch a short film about the project or a series of films of the projects shortlisted for 2014. The videos are licensed under a Youtube standard license. Information about embedding videos.
Series of photographs. The photographs are licensed under a Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share alike license.

2. Driving digital inclusion

CILIP’s statement outlines how library and information professionals can and do improve digital inclusion. Digital inclusion benefits people, communities and society.

3. CILIP Mentor of the Year Award

CILIP members who are mentees submit nominations for the Mentor of the Year Award and it is judged by a panel that includes a representative of CILIP's Professional Registration and Accreditation Board, as well as a previous Mentor of the Year winner. The award was established thanks to sponsorship from Biddy Fisher OBE, Past President of CILIP.

4. AGM vote results in detail

Resolution 1: carried

That the minutes of the meeting held on 21 September 2013 be approved as a correct record. (180 for, 0 against, 17 abstained)

Resolution 2: carried

That Haysmacintyre be approved as auditors for 2015. (194 for, 1 against, 8 abstained)

Resolution 3: carried

To agree the subscription rates for 2015. (192 for, 20 against, 3 abstained)

Resolution 4: carried

That the Individual Members resolve, in accordance with clause 15 of the Royal Charter, to amend the Royal Charter as set out in schedule 1.  This resolution is passed subject to the approval of the Privy Council (including any modifications the Privy Council may require) and subject to the passing of Resolutions 5 and Resolution 7. (181 for, 27 against, 4 abstained)

Resolution 5: carried

That the Individual Members resolve, in accordance with clause 14 of the Royal Charter, that the draft Byelaws marked as “Version 1”  be adopted as the Bye-laws of the Institute to the exclusion of all previous Bye-laws.  This resolution is passed subject to the approval of the Privy Council (including any modifications the Privy Council may require) and subject to the passing of both Resolution 4 and Resolution 7.” (183 for, 30 against, 3 abstained)

Resolution 6: not carried

That the Individual Members resolve, in accordance with clause 14 of the Royal Charter to amend the Bye-laws adopted in Resolution 5 as set out in schedule 2.  This resolution is passed subject to the approval of the Privy Council (including any modifications the Privy Council may require) and subject to the passing of  Resolution 4, Resolution 5 and Resolution 7. (113 for, 86 against, 5 abstained)

Resolution 7: carried

The Members resolve to approve the amendments to Regulations made further to Bye-laws 4,7 and 11 (now renumbered Bye-law 10) in the draft  Regulations approved by Council in July 2014 subject to the amended Charter and amended Bye-laws taking effect. (183 for, 31 against, 5 abstained)

The AGM agenda provides more detail about the resolutions.