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CILIPS Autumn Gathering

The CILIP in Scotland annual Autumn Gathering will take place in October this year at the Perth Theatre.

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
10:00 AM
Where: Perth Theatre
Mill Street
Perth PH1 5HZ
United Kingdom
Contact: Sean McNamara

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The CILIP in Scotland Autumn Gathering will take place in October this year at the Perth Theatre. This one day conference, led by President Yvonne Manning, is an opportunity to hear from a range of speakers and talks from across a variety of sectors including public, academic and specialist libraries and a return of the school libraries strand.

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Date: 23rd October 2019 10.15am-4.30pm (approx)

Location: Perth Theatre, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ

This year's programme will feature:

  • Incredible spaces - Joseph Coelho's #LibraryMarathon
  • How libraries, knowledge and data inform democracy
  • Vibrant school libraries - the return of the dedicated strand
  • Showing your values - How to measure your impact and use evidence to inform your practice
  • Libraries and entrepreneurs - a space for co-working
  • The practice of kindness - perspectives from public and HE libraries
  • The Brains behind the Box, An introduction to data analytics -  a guest speaker from ThinkAnalytics, the most widely deployed real-time personalized content recommendations engine
  • Additional Support Needs Reading Groups in Aberdeenshire's school libraries -  Jackie Coroon, Network Librarian, Live Life Aberdeenshire (Jackie will be following up on a talk on the same topic at the Scottish Learning Festival
  • Why libraries and storytelling matters - AH Proctor, Author of Thumble Tumble Book Series
  • Creating a city wide legacy -  Glasgow’s book festival - Katrina Brodin, Programme Manager (Reader Development & Literacy), Glasgow Life
  • A Collective Force for Health and Wellbeing: Libraries, The ALLIANCE and Health and Social Care Celebrating the Power of Knowledge
  • Information Literacy – transitions between schools and higher/further education -  Robin Dunlop, Renfrewshire school libraries
  • Changing the world – one mistake at a time - Dr Helen S Williams, Librarian, Library of Mistakes
  • A session delivered by the School Libraries Group Scotland
  • Presentation of Honorary Memberships

Keynote Speakers


Joseph Coelho - Poet, playwright, performer and children’s author

Jospeph's debut poetry collection Werewolf Club Rules won the 2015 CLiPPA Poetry Award and his follow up Overheard in a Tower Block was longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the CLiPPA. In 2019 he has set himself a #LibrariesMarathon challenge to join a library from every library authority in the UK in order to highlight the importance and relevance of libraries.

Catherine Stihler OBE, Chief Executive of Open Knowledge Foundation

Catherine Stihler has been chief executive of Open Knowledge Foundation since February 2019. Prior to this, she represented Scotland as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999. As Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, she worked on digital policy, prioritising the digital single market, digital skills, better accessibility of digital products for the disabled, as well as citizen online data protection and privacy. As leader and founder of the All-Party Library Group she promoted and advocated for the importance of libraries and how libraries can remain relevant in the new digital age.

One of the Directors from Matter of Focus will be joining us too to speak about 'How do you know if you are making a difference? evidencing and telling your story.'

Organisations with a vision for social change often face challenges in showing how they make a difference to the people and communities they care about. Matter of Focus is a company that supports public or voluntary sector organisations with these challenges. This talk will explore some of the issues in working towards high level outcomes, and share tried and tested approaches to addressing these, including using different kinds of data and evidence to build a strong story of impact.

Sarah Morton and Ailsa Cook have many years experience of working with organisations around outcomes, evidence to action and research. They have developed an approach to working and evidencing outcomes, using contribution analysis, and have built a software platform to support organisations with this work. They believe every organisation should have the capacity to learn, improve, evaluate and tell their story, and support organisations to build their capacity to do so.

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