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Research bursary launched

Posted By Davina J. Omar, 05 February 2020

Research bursary launched

The purpose of the Research Bursary is to develop marketing capability and experience amongst library staff in the UK.

The fund is open to anyone working in a library or information service in the UK who is also an individual Marketing and Communications Group member (formally PPRG)

You do not need to be at a managerial grade within your organisation, however you do need the permission and support of your organisation in implementing your project.

One bursary will be awarded per year and the individual/team allocated the sum of £750 to achieve the goals set out in their application.

Deadline for 2020 applications: 31st March 2020

More details:

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CILIP 2019 Conference Report by Sheldon Korpet, PPRG Bursary Place winner

Posted By Administration, 05 August 2019

Earlier this year, the PPRG committee invited applications for a Bursary Place at the CILIP Conference in Manchester. We were thoroughly impressed by the application from Sheldon Korpet: "An Innovative Marketing Plan for Sheffield Children's Central Library" which outlined a marketing campaign to boost childhood literacy and promote library services in collaboration with commercial booksellers.

We unanimously awarded the Bursary Place to her. She spent 2 wonderful days at the conference and has written up a brief report of her time at the conference.

One of the reasons I wanted to attend #CILIPConf19 was to find out what’s happening in the sector on technology and data. The conference gave me an opportunity to talk to others in the sector and attend sessions from special interest groups I wouldn’t normally engage with. Here are some of the messages and ideas I took away from #CILIPConf19.


I suddenly realised while sat among professionals from different areas, with different roles and different concerns, how large and diverse* we are as a profession. However, we do have commonalities, similarities in our work and some shared challenges like communication, adoption of technology and a lack of diversity.

We’re not diverse as a group of people. The Library and Information sector isn’t representative of the society we exist within. A keynote by Hong-Anh Nguyen highlighted there were obviously structural issues at play.

97% of the workforce self-identifies as white.

Diversity brings new perspectives that improve our practise and there are ways for all organisations to be inclusive, to make pragmatic efforts (not just strategies) that aim to represent everyone no matter their gender, sexuality or race.

It’s not that we don’t have time - you make time for the things that matter and Hong-Anh highlights, we’ve been saving a lot of time by just not doing these things all along. Don’t think “I don’t have the power” - what can you do that IS in your power?

An idea as simple as raising awareness by collecting data to establish who the organisation employs - raising awareness is a start to influencing and make a conscious effort to make organisations representative. The BAME network was also launched this year.

Previously, I’ve felt frustrated by the sectors ability to adapt. I graduated from MSc Digital Library Management in 2017 and my dissertation aimed to focus on what kind of functions AI could undertake in a library. Recently, I was offered a place on an amazing programme called TechUp Women and I was beginning to worry I was unintentionally drifting out of the profession on a Data Science course.

However, the face of librarianship changing - from the session with Stephan Hollaender and Julian Schwarzenbach, I think the core skills of librarianship are still relevant but there's going to be an image revamp and terminology switch up. I think our core skill set will fundamentally be the same, but what we do will change - including more data work.

There’s always been a focus on data-driven decision making to some extent, but analysis of data sets can benefit from coding skills, taught by projects like Library Carpentry (represented at the conference by Jez Cope and Antony Groves). A lot of our existing information and digital literacy skills can contribute to the procurement processes of AI and responsible use of data in our services and society. Check out keynote Kriti Sharma’s TEDTalk to find out more.

Liz Jolly, Chief Librarian at the British Library, spoke about not being considered from the “right” background to move up in her work. She was “written off” at 18 for failing to go to a ‘proper’ uni and choosing to study Historical Studies at Manchester Polytechnic.
It was so affirming to hear a LEADER, of the British Library no less, say these things. It completely humanised Jo and suddenly more senior and experienced professionals started to come out of the woodwork to share their backgrounds. Suddenly I feel more connected to my profession, that I could work in this field and do well.


Throughout the conference, communication was a key theme.
Patrick Lambe particularly emphasised the idea of working with and within an eco-system - what do we have that benefits other key parts of society? However, it’s not just about what we say, it’s also about our image.
Be visible - there’s no point in doing a great job if you’re sat alone in a room because no one will see it. But the people that are most important are the ones at the margins - “attend the margins of society because the centre can look after itself.”


The one thing I put straight into action was considering how I could communicate useful knowledge I had to someone outside my eco-system (academic and health libraries). As a result, I create an Open Access blog (no library jargon) aimed at your average person, teaching them how to find free peer reviewed information.
I released it during the start of TechUp, a programme aimed to get underrepresented women in tech. It went on to be shared by bloggers, a primary school, early career academics, a professor and of course, librarians. However, I think I’ve had some impact with my intended target audience.
Overall, #CILIPConf19 was a great experience. In the few days I attended great talks, felt inspired and gained enough ideas to keep me going for a while! I also caught up with old colleagues and hopefully gained some new connections I will be able to consider just as favourably as the latter in time.

One of the things New Library Professionals Network have always, always stated is that not enough people apply for bursaries. When they shared the bursary opportunity and, as a result of encouragement from my Chartership Mentor, I decided to put my marketing know-how to the test.

The bursary application was to create a marketing idea you would like to implement in your library. I’ve undertaken marketing work for academic library services before. Instead, I decided to have some fun creating a low-cost guerrilla marketing inspired campaign for Sheffield Children's Central Library, where I'm currently a Code Club volunteer.

I'm very grateful to PPRG for enabling me to attend #CILIPConf19!



I’m an Information Officer and Capacity Management Assistant at the University of Sheffield. Currently, I’m working towards becoming a Chartered member of CILIP and I also volunteer with Code Club. I was recently chosen as one of the first 100 women to join the TechUp Women course and next month, I will begin working in Digital Library Services for Manchester Metropolitan University.
Prior to this all of this, I received an MSc in Digital Library Management in 2017 after undertaking a Graduate Traineeship at Manchester Metropolitan University. My undergraduate degree was in BA Business Management.

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Launch of the CILIP PPRG Marketing Excellence Awards 2019

Posted By Davina J. Omar, 03 May 2019

Launch of the CILIP PPRG Marketing Excellence Awards 2019

CILIP’s Publicity and Public Relations Group (PPRG) are delighted to announce the launch of the Marketing Excellence Awards 2019. The Awards recognise and celebrate successful marketing and promotional campaigns from libraries of all sizes and sectors across the country.

They offer national exposure for your project and communicate the value of what you're doing among funders, partners, media, peers, managers and customers. You've done the hard work, delivering your project. Now win some extra recognition!

For information about eligibility, submission process and judging criteria, please visit our webpages:

The deadline for submission is 5pm on Monday 10th June 2019.

The awards will be presented at the annual PPRG Conference, held in January 2020.

For enquiries please contact us at

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CILIP Conference 2019 bursary

Posted By Davina J. Omar, 03 April 2019

CILIP Conference 2019

CILIP Conference (3-4 July, Manchester) is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated events in the library and information sector and we can offer one full delegate place with one night’s accommodation as a bursary place.

CILIP Conference brings together around 500 professionals from across the sector to share experiences, knowledge and expertise. The keynote speakers include Liz Jolly, Patrick Lambe and Kriti Sharma. The programme is being finalised but you can see an outline of the session content at Keep up to date by following @CILIPConf19

The PPRG will have a stand in the exhibition hall, so remember to come and say hello, find out about our event schedule and see you can get involved with our projects.

To submit your application for the bursary place, the criteria is as follows:

Submit a 250 - 500 words on a marketing idea that you would like to implement in the future. We were looking for inspirational ideas so the ideas didn’t need to be constrained by practical considerations. Please submit by the end of the day on the 19th April to 

All entrants must by a current member of the PPRG.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have never been to the CILIP Conference before, and who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to go.

Alternatively, early bird discounts are available until 17 May and you can book these directly on the website. Remember to log in to the CILIP website before booking so that it recognises your membership status and offers you the correct delegate rate.


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