On behalf of all of us at CILIP, I would like to send you our best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2020.
Last year, I enjoyed meeting CILIP members in all four nations and across more than 20 industry sectors. It was great to welcome 800 new members to CILIP in 2020 and to see hundreds of people successfully completing or revalidating their professional registration. It was also good to get a sense of the challenges and opportunities you face in your daily work and to think hard about how CILIP can do more to support you.
More than 6,000 people responded to our Membership Research in 2019, giving us an incredibly rich insight into what you want from your professional body. Some of the messages that came through from that process show that you want CILIP to:
- Work with employers and learning providers to encourage recognition of professional skills and qualifications
- Help members build successful careers, maintain your skills and achieve more for your users and organisations
- Advocate for policy and regulation which helps members in your work
In response, we are going to be working hard to bring you a new, more focused and relevant membership offer, to be implemented on a phased basis starting later in 2020. At the same time, we are excited to work with our fantastic Special Interest Groups and Regional Member Networks to strengthen the support which members can access, wherever you live and whichever sector you work in.
Thanks to our devolved structure, with national committees in Wales and Northern Ireland and our affiliation with CILIP in Scotland, we are able to do more than ever to support our members and the wider sector across all four nations of the UK. We want to ensure that you get the best value possible from your membership by bringing you benefits that fit around your lifestyle and work commitments.
We are determined to build on our recent successes in advocating for librarians, information and knowledge management professionals. This year, we will hold the Government to account for their manifesto commitments to libraries while also seeking better policy and investment across wider policy agendas, for example by advocating for librarians in schools and colleges. There is an incredibly important role for us in advocating for the value of evidence in public life and for the strategic importance of information, knowledge and data in the corporate sector. We have to be resolute in making the case that ‘facts matter’, and more so than ever in a digital world.
Looking ahead, we are delighted to be working with our partners at Health Education England on a strategic review of the impact of AI, machine learning, automation and robotics on our profession and to be developing the infrastructure for the first generation of Library, Archive and Information Services Apprenticeships in the UK. We will continue to build on our relationships with the media and Governments in all four nations to secure a brighter long-term future for our profession.
2020 is going to be a big year for our community and for CILIP and I am delighted that as a member you have chosen to be part of it. Our goal is to be the best membership body for people working in libraries, information and knowledge management and to provide you with timely and effective support for your professional development. I hope to have the opportunity to meet as many of you as possible during the year and to hearing your thoughts and ideas about how we can continue to build CILIP as a professional body you can be proud of!
Chief Executive, CILIP