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CILIP Ireland Open Day and AGM 2017

The 2017 CILIP Ireland Open Day and AGM took place on Thursday 7th December and was hosted by the McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast. Despite the snowy weather the event drew colleagues from across the island of Ireland with speakers from England and Wales. In his opening address Nick Poole, Chief Executive of CILIP, reminded us just how much work has been done in the past year to raise the profile of the library and information profession, making ourselves visible and influential through campaigns such as Facts Matter, My Library By Right, A million decisions, and #LibrariesMatter. Nick explained that the next step is to develop CILIP, further “securing the future” by examining the nature of the profession and professionals, driving leadership, and championing equality, diversity and inclusion. First steps towards this are the changes to the magazine, the new social platform, and the new membership model.

Nick’s talk led nicely on to the first workshop of the day; the ethics workshop delivered by Guy Daines, Head of Policy at CILIP, and Yvonne Morris, Policy Officer at CILIP. Few topics get people so worked up as beliefs and values and so it was in this workshop. After a lively debate on the existing ethical principles the consensus was that there should be fewer principles and that they should be shorter and more memorable. The workshop slides can be viewed here.

The main event was, of course, the AGM presided over by CILIP Ireland Chair, Samantha McCombe, who provided a briefing on the committee’s achievements over the past year and an overview of the action plan for 2018. The highlight for the coming year will be the joint CILIP Ireland/LAI conference in April. With committee elections concluded the AGM broke for lunch and networking. Read more about the CILIP Ireland strategic plan here.

The afternoon workshop delivered by Gwenan Hines, Head of Compliance at Bangor University, focused on the forthcoming changes arising from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Coming into force in May 2018, this regulation has been a source of worry for some, however, Gwenan was keen to allay fears and the key message was “don’t panic”. Most organisations are already complying with the Data Protection Act and although the new regulation highlights some additional considerations these challenges are not insurmountable. The full presentation can be found here.

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