AGM combines business and awards
The CILIP 2018 AGM saw members gather for an event that included governance and financial matters as well as the announcement of the winners of Libraries Change Lives award, Mentor of the year and five Honorary Fellowships.
AGM: resolutions passed, finances flagged
A number of resolutions were passed and an update given about finances at CILIP’s Annual General Meeting which took place in the London office on 11 October.
Members voted through a number of changes to help the organisation’s governance. Proposals to decrease the number of members required for the AGM quorum, down from 50 to 20, and another to allow the board to appoint up to three trustees who are not members, provoked the most discussion among members attending.
The proposal to decrease the size of the quorum was made after it was not achieved at last year’s AGM making it impossible to vote.
The appointment of non-member trustees will enable the board to widen the range of skills and experience available to it if necessary.
Other changes included the removal of the requirement for the board to seek the approval of an AGM for changes to disciplinary procedures.
During the AGM, Treasurer Mike Hosking, gave a report in which he said the new membership model had taken longer than forecast to grow which, coupled with difficult trading conditions for CILIP’s income generating, has led to a revising of CILIP’s strategy with a greater emphasis on members.
He said that the organisation was currently undertaking a cost and strategy-based restructure, including a lower overall staffing budget, to deliver this plan.
Libraries Change Lives
THE Winner of this year’s CILIP Libraries Change Lives Award has been revealed as Glasgow Libraries.
The annual award is a recognition of projects that are helping local communities, and Glasgow’s decision to incorporate a Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) in Mitchell Library, the busiest in the city, has been chosen as this year’s winner. The winner was announced during Libraries Week and judges praised Glasgow Libraries efforts to engage with marginalised users in new ways.
John Vincent, Chair of Judges, said: “Glasgow Libraries’ work with their Citizens Advice partners targets people in libraries, who may, in other places and other circumstances, be asked to ‘move on’. Here, Glasgow decided to do something positive, and the difference in approach shines through. Library staff are committed to seeing what positive impact the library can have, and also demonstrate an empathetic approach to homeless people – they are library users, after all, and the library and Citizens Advice Bureau have developed tailored, individualised ways of offering information and other practical support.”
Two other projects were shortlisted in the award – Kirklees Libraries’ Well Into Words sensory storytelling project for people with learning difficulties, visual impairments and those living with dementia; and Newcastle Libraries’ Get Online Newcastle partnership, a partnership with Your Homes Newcastle to give residents digital skills training.
John said: “All three demonstrated the ways in which library staff engage with people, both in libraries and in the wider community, helping to meet their information and reading needs – but also adding so much more. Their work show powerful connections being formed between libraries and their communities.”
Glasgow’s scheme has already proved successful in tangible ways, according to Karen Donnelly, Business Information and Mitchell Library Operations Manager. She said: Through the In-Reach project, Mitchell Library staff and staff from the Citizens Advice Bureau discovered we were in a unique position to be able to engage with a section of society who are very difficult to reach.
“These are people who might have thought that there was nothing in the library for them. MitchellLibrary staff identify those who are potentially at risk in the library to CAB’s In-reach worker who then makes contact and offers the support they need.
“The In-Reach project has taken people off the streets, in some cases found them permanent homes, provided access to benefits they didn’t know they were entitled to, supported them with financial, legal and medical advice, and offered people a warmth, kindness and a safe place to be.”
Each of the schemes offers elements that can be adapted or repeated by other library services to fit local needs.
For more information, including videos, from the winner and shortlisted schemes visit Libraries Change Lives Award page.
Five honorary fellowships were awarded this year for outstanding contributions to the library and information world.
John Crawford’s career has included many outstanding contributions one being the founding the Scottish IL Project, the first of its kind in the British Isles.
Patrick Mitchell, Executive Director for Health Education England and Regional Director for the South of England was recognised for advocating healthcare professionals as “business-critical to high quality decision-making”.
Sandra Ward has a long and distinguished career in information management and is one of the industry leaders working with CILIP to redefine its strategic focus on the IM and KM disciplines.
Professor Maria Musoke, Uganda’s first female professor of Information Science is also the first librarian from Sub-Saharan Africa to chair the IFLA Health and Bioscience section, and the first Ugandan woman to head Makerere University Library services.
Guy Daines, has championed libraries and the rights of library users for many years in his role as Director of Policy at CILIP.
Mentor of the year
The winner of the Mentor of the Year Award is Yvette Jeal, Engagement Manager at The University of Manchester, one of 500 mentors who give their time to the role. Yvette took a new approach to mentoring five Fellowship candidates together, the “Fellowship 5”. One of these mentees, and her nominator said: “She encouraged me to find my tone; She challenged me to use active language and take ownership of my achievements” adding “Yvette helped me to uncover something in me that I was taking for granted, attributing to others. I was having the impact on the Profession but I hadn’t acknowledged it and couldn’t articulate it. I have taken the learning from working with her, and am now mentoring my own group of Fellowship candidates.
The headline photo shows CILIP Honorary Fellows John Crawford, Guy Daines and Sandra Ward.