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The CILIP International Library and Information Group's (CILIP ILIG) special interest is the international aspect of library and information science and knowledge management.

CILIP ILIG does this in a number of ways from informal but informative early evening meetings to more formal half, or full day, seminars and courses that look, in detail, at an aspect of our profession. Our journal, Focus on International Library and Information Work, is published, electronically, three times a year, and has a proud 50+ year history.  We are always looking for contributions and articles (see the Focus page for more information).

We can be found on Facebook and Linkedin, be tweeted at @CILIP_ILIG and watched on YouTube. We welcome all those interested in the international aspects of library and information science  and knowledge management to join LIS-ILIG, our online discussion group.

We have two bursaries, the annual Alan Hopkinson (IFLA) Award, and the triennial Anthony Thomson (UK) Award – see our Awards/Bursaries page for more information.

So why not join today? Don’t forget that CILIP members can join as many special interest groups as they like.

Contact Us

To contact CILIP ILIG please email Secretary.ILIG@cilip.org.uk. Your email will be picked up by a member of the CILIP ILIG Committee.

Contact details for the Editor of Focus are available on the Focus page

Join CILIP

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:

Member rates for events, conferences and training

Subscription to the LIHG newsletters, publication

Access to our group pages and our Social Link professional network


If you're a CILIP member but haven't joined International Library and Information Group update your preferences today for full access.

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