We want it to make it as straightforward as possible for you to renew and make the most of your CILIP membership so we've compiled a list of commonly asked questions from our members that will help you on your way.
To change your profile, contact details and password, you will need to log in as a member. You will then be taken to My Feed. On the blue navigation bar select My Profile and then select Edit to change your contact email, address, phone number, employer details and password.
If you don’t know what your password is, on the log in page, select Click here to reset your password and enter the email address you used to register with CILIP. You will then be sent an email enabling you to reset your password.
Your password must be a minimum of eight characters in length and contain at least one number and one letter.
The profile pages are very important as this is where you can see what information you are sharing with your connections.
In the top navigation bar, click the box on the right hand side where your profile photo and name appear to access the Account + settings option. Here you can control which information you share with other members, find a link to update your CILIP and Member Network email preferences, choose which website notifications you want to receive and let us know about any changes to your details.
Next to your details in your profile you will find a red person or padlock icon. If you click on the icon a drop down menu will appear offering you the option of making the details Member Only (visible to other CILIP members) or Private (accessible only by you). Selecting Member Only will only allow CILIP members you are already connected to on SocialLink to see them.
It's important that when you make changes to your email subscriptions, you ensure that the email you use is the one that is registered on your profile page.
For emails from CILIP HQ which include the Weekly news, Information Professional Jobs, Facet Publishing and the Events newsletter, go to the CILIP Mailing Preference page. To add yourself to CILIP’s emails
Select Yes for whichever emails you would like to receive, add your email address in the Email box and click the Update my preferences button. It's important to remember that you need to select Yes for all emails you want to receive including those that you're already subscribed to. To remove yourself from CILIP’s emails
Select No to whichever emails you want to remove yourself from, then add your email in the Email box and select the Update my preferences button. Again it's important to remember that you need to select Yes to all emails you still want to receive including those that you're already subscribed to. Managing your emails from Devolved Nations, Regional Member Networks and Special Interest Groups
You need to be a member of a group to receive the group’s emails, but you can also opt out of your groups' email communications. To add or remove yourself from the emails from Devolved Nations, Regional Member Networks and Special Interest Groups, you will need to go to our Communications Preference Centre. To add yourself to a group’s emails
Select Yes to whichever emails you would like to receive, add your email in the Email box and select the Update my preferences button. As for CILIP's emails, you need to ensure that Yes is selected for all emails you want to receive including those you're already subscribed to. To remove yourself from a group’s email
Select No to whichever emails you want to remove yourself from, then add your email in the Email box and select the Update my preferences button. As for CILIP's emails, you need to ensure that Yes is selected for all emails you want to receive including those you're already subscribed to.
To change how you receive Information Professional magazine, log in to your personal profile page and scroll down until you reach the CILIP communication preferences section.
Use the dropdown menu next to the Preferred Address to receive Information Professional magazine to choose your work or home address or opt out of receiving paper copies and download Information Professional's mobile app.
All existing CILIP members received a new, permanent membership card in 2017 to replace the annual paper cards that were issued each year. We are no longer issuing new membership cards each year, so please keep yours somewhere safe. All new members receive a membership card when they first join. Your membership card remains valid for as long as you remain a member, so please keep it somewhere safe. If you have lost your card, you can contact the membership team on firstname.lastname@example.org who will arrange for a new one to be sent.
Finding the best way to pay for your CILIP membership
Switching to Direct Debit makes it easier to pay for your CILIP membership, you can either pay annually or spread the cost over 12 monthly payments. If you would like to switch to Direct Debit, contact the membership team by email with your membership number to let them know you'd like to switch to Direct Debit.
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can claim the tax back on your CILIP membership. Details on how to claim tax relief for professional fees are available on the gov.uk website.
You cannot claim tax back if you live outside the UK or are unwaged or are on the student subscription rate.
If you receive a tax form each year, then you may declare your CILIP membership as a tax-deductible expense.
If you don't receive a tax form, visit gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/professional-fees-and-subscriptions to make your claim. CILIP is listed on the Inland Revenue's List 3, which shows all subscriptions on which tax can be reclaimed. You will find CILIP listed under: "Library and Information Professionals, Chartered Inst of" ** Change of name 4/2002 formerly the Library Association.
The Leaders Network is for library and information professionals in leadership roles or who are aspiring leaders.
Whether you are developing strategies, motivating your team, managing budgets and projects or advocating for your service the Leaders Network will give you the resources and support you need to take the next step in your career.
You can find out more about the Leaders Network on the CILIP website.
The annual subscription to the Leaders Network is £220. If you earn less than £20,000 a year a concessionary rate of £180 per year is available. You will receive all the benefits of the Leaders’ Network in addition to those of the other membership categories.
You can upgrade to the Leaders Network when you renew your membership. If you would like to upgrade your current membership and are not yet due to renew, fill in the Leaders Network Upgrade form and our membership team will be in touch to upgrade you.
No. Separate enrolment and submission fees contribute towards the administrative processes involved in supporting you through Professional Registration.
Holding Professional Registration is a demonstrable sign of professional status and competence. The added benefits include increased career and earning opportunities (as shown by our Workforce Mapping survey). Registered Professionals are also able to use their CILIP postnominals and these are displayed (along with their last revalidation date) on the Register of Practitioners, a public document that verifies your professional standing.
SocialLink makes it easier to expand your professional network, keep up to date with your Special Interest Groups and Regional Network and find out what events are happening near you.
You will be able to join groups, take part in discussions, share resources and stay up to date with the CILIP member community on SocialLink. You can also update your details and renew your membership online. My Feed
Your feed is where you’ll see updates and announcements from your connections, special interest groups, regional network and CILIP.
If you post an update here, it will appear in the feeds of your connections but if you post to a group feed instead, all members of that group will see the post.
Just like Facebook and LinkedIn, SocialLink allows you to connect with other CILIP members. Updates and posts from your connections will appear in your feed.
You’ll find a list of your current connections on the Connections tab, click on their name to view their profile. You can only view the profiles of members you are connected with.
To add other members to your current connections, either select members from the short list on the right hand menu under Available Connections or select View All Available Connections for a more extensive list.
When logged in as a member, go to the Groups link on the blue navigation bar (you may need to log in). If there is a group you would like to join which you’re not already a member of, it will appear on the right hand side under Available Groups (you may need to select View All to see the full list). Use the Join Group option to join the Special Interest Group, Regional Member Network or Devolved Nation.
If you want to remove yourself from a group, go to Groups on the blue navigation bar. For each group in the lower left hand corner you will find an Actions menu. Selecting Action will see a Leave Group option emerge.