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In line with other CILIP special interest groups, GIG is governed by a committee that consists of four officers and up to an additional 12 members.

The Group organises professional training for its members on topical subjects such as freedom of information, mentoring, electronic publishing and information handling. It promotes CILIP’s chartership and fellowships in government departments and encourages the use by members and their organisations of the Continuing Professional Development Personal Profile.

Visits are arranged to government libraries and other national collections. As part of its policy of fostering contacts between members, the Group organises social activities.

GIG is represented on a number of other professional bodies, including SCOOP, the Branches and Groups Forum, and the Special Libraries Committee and regularly comments on CILIP's policies and initiatives.

The Government Information Group was previously called the Government Libraries and Information Group; the name was changed in 2010 following a consultation with group members.

GIG members can receive regular updates from GIG via email. Simply register with CILIP at

Members can subscribe/unsubscribe from this service at any time by visiting the My Profile area of the CILIP website where their subscriptions are stored.

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Join CILIP and take the next step in your career by expanding your network and knowledge. Keep your thinking fresh with our exclusive magazines and newsletters. As a member you will have the tools to develop your skills and demonstrate your value. Join as a Student, Member or Leader to start your journey towards professional registration.

Leader - For library and information professionals in leadership roles or who are aspiring leaders.
Member - Anyone can become a Member. It is the entry-level category for people working in the information, knowledge and library sector.
Student - A special discounted rate if you are studying on full or part-time library, information science and knowledge management course.

You can pay for your membership up front or spread the cost over twelve instalments.

Group only membership

You don't have to be a library and information professional to join our Special Interest Groups.  You can join us as a group only member.  Group only memberships are available for a maximum of two years and becoming a group member costs only £50 per year. 

Benefits include:

Acces to our events, conferences and training

Subscription to the GIG newsletters

Access to our group pages and our Social Link professional network


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