CILIP Big Day and AGM 2014

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Sat, 20th Sep 2014 - 9:15am to 4:00pm

A selection of videos, photos and presentations from the Big Day 2014 are now available:

Video: Libraries Change Lives Award Finalist
Studio 12 Writing Leeds: Leeds Library & information Service

Video: Libraries Change Lives Award Finalist
KidsHub Library Sessions, Hertfordshire Libraries

Video: Libraries Change Lives Award Winner
Enterprise Hubs, Northamptonshire Library & Information Service

Member Network video
South West Member Networks – Lizz Jennings
Information Literacy Group – Rebecca Mogg
Carnegie and Kate Greenaway video

The essential role of information professionals: the Hillsborough story
Jan Parry, Hon FCLIP, CILIP Vice President 

A selection of photos are also avaibale on Flickr

CILIP’s Big Day is a free mini-conference for CILIP members bringing together high profile speakers, award presentations and CILIP’s Annual General Meeting. The event takes place on Saturday 20 September 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Bristol. 

Publisher and philanthropist William Sieghart is confirmed as this year’s keynote speaker and is joined by CILIP President Barbara Band and Vice President Jan Parry.

William Sieghart keynote speaker at CILIP’s Big Day

William Sieghart has been commissioned by the government to produce an independent report about public libraries in England. The report will examine the core principles of public libraries into the future. William has spent the last few months visiting libraries and talking to librarians across England. He will also present the Libraries Change Lives Award at the Big Day.

The event will be hosted by CILIP’s President Barbara Band, the programme will include her Presidential Address, as well as an exploration of the essential role of information professionals by Jan Parry, CILIP Vice President, who worked closely with the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Barbara said, “As a CILIP member and speaker I’m terrifically excited about the Big Day and AGM. It’s an opportunity to celebrate members’ achievements over the past year, to be inspired and challenged. Members will hear from one of the most influential people in libraries at the moment and understand more about the role of information professionals in one of the most important investigations to uncover the truth this country has ever seen. They will also make important decisions that influence their professional body.’

Annual General Meeting 2014

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) provides an opportunity for members to participate in important and formal CILIP business.

Following events online

If you cannot attend you can follow @CILIPinfo and #CILIPBigDay on Twitter for live updates.


It is important that members read the agenda as it includes an explanation of the resolutions, on which members can vote.

The AGM allows members to vote on:

  • CILIP’s Auditors for 2015
  • Membership subscription rates for 2015
  • Changes to CILIP’s governance structure

Members will also receive and consider the Trustees' Annual report and accounts for 2013 and can ask questions about CILIP's financial position in that year.

The full agenda and papers are available from the Related Documents below.

Changes to CILIP’s governance structure

Please note that any changes to the Charter and Bye-Laws require Privy Council consent. The Privy Council have approved the proposed governance structure but have yet to give final approval for the changes. If consent is not received by the date of the AGM then these resolutions will not be put to the vote and we will call another general meeting later in the year.

Attendance and voting (including proxy voting)

All members may attend but only individual members can vote. Register to attend using the form.

If you are entitled to vote but can't attend, you may nominate the Chair of the meeting, or another individual member who will be attending, as your proxy and instruct them to vote exactly as you wish on each of the motions on the agenda. If you nominate the Chair use the address: CILIP, 7 Ridgmount St, London, WC1E 7AE.

It is important that members read the agenda as it includes an explanation of the resolutions outlined in the proxy voting form, on which members can vote.

The proxy voting form is available from the Related Documents below.  Please complete and print the form and then sign it and either scan it and email it to or send it by post to The Secretary, CILIP, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE.  Please note that due to provisions in our current Bye-laws, forms must be signed by hand and we cannot accept electronic signatures.

The deadline for receipt of proxy vote forms is 1.15 pm on Thursday 18 September 2014.

Asking questions at the AGM

Please notify us in advance if you intend to ask a question at the AGM. This is to enable us to provide an informed response (some questions may be answered in writing if that is more appropriate). 

Submitting a motion

The closing date for submission of motions was 5pm on Monday 21 July.

Further questions

If you have any questions, please contact


09:30   Registration and refreshments

10.00   Welcome

  • Barbara Band, CILIP President

10:05   Video: Libraries Change Lives Awards Finalist

10:10   Keynote Speech: An independent view

  • William Sieghart, Chair, Independent Review of Public Library Services in England

10.40   Refreshment Break

11.05   Video: Libraries Change Lives Awards Finalist

11.10   The essential role of information professionals: the Hillsborough story

  •  Jan Parry, Hon FCLIP, CILIP Vice President

11.40   Video: Libraries Change Lives Awards Finalist

11.45   Libraries Change Lives Award Presentation

12.15   Lunch

13.15   CILIP Annual General Meeting 2014

14.30   Short break
14.35   Celebration of Achievements 

  • Presentation of Honorary Awards and Mentor of the Year

15.40   Presidential Address 

  • Barbara Band, President, CILIP

16.00   Close


  • Barbara Band

    Barbara Band

    CILIP President


    Barbara is CILIP President for 2014 and Head of Library and Resources at The Emmbrook School, a state secondary school in Wokingham. She has been a school librarian for over 22 years, prior to which she obtained a Business Studies degree and worked in project management. She is a member of the CILIP School Libraries Group and Youth Libraries Group and, until recently, was Vice Chair of the SLG London and south-east. In addition to maintaining contact with both the Thames Valley and Hampshire branches, she belongs to the School Library Association and is on the committee of the Central and East Berkshire branch. She sees collaborative working, sharing good practice and supporting each other as essential for the future of the profession. Barbara is a keen advocate for librarians and was involved in the organisation of a successful Mass Lobby in support of School Libraries. She is pro-active, believe vehemently in the value of libraries and, when someone tells me that something cannot be done, the first thing I ask is “why” and then try to find a way to do it. She intends to to bring this passion and tenacity to my role as CILIP President.

  • Jan Parry

    Jan Parry

    CILIP Vice President, Hon FCLIP



  • William Sieghart

    Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, and Publisher

    Philanthropist, entrepreneur, publisher and the founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry. In 1986 William co-founded Forward Publishing, publishing magazines, children’s books and poetry books. He is the author of a best-selling book on golf, The Swing Factory. William also founded Big Arts Week and Street Smart, the initiative whereby diners give a percentage of their restaurant bill to the homeless. He was a member of Arts Council England 2000-2006, and was chair of its Lottery Panel. William is a Trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Free Word Centre and Reprieve.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel

Redcliffe Way
BS1 6NJ Bristol

United Kingdom

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