CILIP South West Member Network Virtual AGM 2020
Libraries' VAT: Value-Adding Traditions
Monday, 28 September 2020; 10:00-12:00
Join CILIP South West for the rescheduled 2020 AGM, including the presentation of our annual Harry Galloway Award for the highest-achieving student graduating from the Master's degree in Information Management at the University of the West of England.
The session, originally due to be held in April, will include the AGM from 10:00, followed by a short 'comfort break' before we introduce our guest speaker, Victoria Barnett, who will lead a webinar on her role in prison librarianship.
The format will be:
09:50 Attendees should begin logging in to the waiting room via the Zoom link, and are free to chat via audio once admitted to the session ready for the start.
10:00 Start of AGM
10:40-45 End of AGM, followed by 'comfort break', during which recording will be paused.
11:00-12:00 Webinar from Victoria Barnett on prison librarianship, with Q&A at the end.
We hope this virtual offering will provide a worthy substitute for the original Members' Day programme, and address our theme of advocacy for our profession and the 'added value' it contributes to myriad aspects of society.
Please note that you will need to register again to attend this event. You will be sent any necessary documentation via email in advance, along with instructions about how to join on the day via Zoom, about the AGM process, and about general Zoom etiquette.
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About our guest presenter, Victoria Barnett:
I am a member of the CILIP Prison Libraries Group and am the Web Editor for the group’s Committee.
In my professional work, I engage with prisoners at all Kent prisons. I oversee them and regularly visit them all.
My most recent project is one that I think all of us will be working on in some shape or form: getting a ‘COVID-safe’ library system in place in the prisons. Prisoners have been in lockdown since the beginning of the outbreak, and library staff were not allowed to go onto prison sites until very recently. I have had to work remotely with all five prisons during lockdown to ensure that they all had some sort of outreach library service, advising prison staff how best to do this in each location.
I’m involved with lots of projects in the prisons, and I will describe the main ones in my talk, but most are on hold at the moment so it’s very much back to basics while we find new ways of working.
Victoria's session will set prison librarianship within the context of a prison environment, and discuss the inherent challenges associated with this type of work. She will explore the contrast between public and prison library services, and describe various projects with which she is involved by way of illustration.
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