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Higher Education hub

Professionals in Higher Education make up the single largest membership group of CILIP, whilst our Academic and Research Libraries Special Interest Group is the largest of our 21 Special Interest Groups.

To help you find out why, below is a small flavour of what our HE members enjoy. If you are not yet a member there are plenty of details about the benefits and how joining CILIP will develop your skills and build your career.

“As a library professional working in Higher Education, I would say being a member of my professional association has brought immeasurable benefits" ”

Liz Jolly, Director of Student and Library Services, Teeside University


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Insight and analysis

We’ve pulled together some of our recent coverage of the higher education sector from our members’ magazine Information Professional. Members get to read the full contents of the magazine on CILIP's own mobile app and all members receive their own print copy.

The Open University's Rosie Jones talks transformation

Rosie Jones on embracing change and looking to the future in a digital world.

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How Generation Z is shaping services

Rob Green talks to Louise Doolan, Director of Library Services at City, University of London, about anticipating and meeting user needs as Millennials give way to Generation Z.

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Why REF matters to us all

Rita Marcella gives ten compelling reasons why research evaluation is important for the library and information community as a whole

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Sharing learning from an inspirational leader

As I start my new job as CILIP Wales Develop­ment Manager, I am making many new connections

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Federated Search

Paul Mellinger explains why University of the Arts London’s library service decided to move to a next-generation federated search engine

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The Big Read: Librarians as partners – engaging and effective

Kingston University’s Big Read has shown that the shared reading of a book can improve the experience of students joining the university

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“CILIP membership has been really valuable throughout my career. Being part of CILIP has given me a range of skills, provided networking opportunities and grown my confidence – which helped me get a new job and advance my career.”

Joanna Ball - Head of Library Content Delivery and Digital Strategy, University of Sussex



Develop your skills

It’s essential that you keep your skills and knowledge up to date as new technology and ways of working continues to impact on the HE sector. As a member you will have access to range of resources to develop your knowledge – the video below provides a taster. CILIP members also have unique opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and professionalism through Chartership, Certification and Fellowship. Find out more about these benefits and more.

CILIP’s Virtual Learning Environment provides a range of resources for members to help you develop your knowledge – with the video below providing a taste of what you’ll find. CILIP’s membership also provides the tools to demonstrate your embracing of continuous professional development with Certification, Chartership and Fellowship providing a level that’s appropriate to your needs. This comes on top of the many other benefits available to CILIP members

Barbara's Teaching Large Groups course on the CILIP VLE

Barbara Allan is an author and trainer. She has spent many years working in business schools where her focus was on enhancing learning, teaching and the student experience and the internationalisation and employability agendas. Barbara's background includes managing workplace and academic libraries. She has spent many years working in business schools where her focus was on enhancing learning, teaching and the student experience and the internationalisation and employability agendas.

Networking and community

As a member you can join any of our 21 Special Interest Groups which provide events, research, best practice and online communities. The two groups below provide dedicated networks for HE library staff.

The Academic and Research Libraries Group is our group that is dedicated to Higher Education professionals with local branches up and down the country.


The Information Literacy Group is hugely popular with HE professionals, running training events, publishing the Journal of Information Literacy and running the successful LILAC conference.


The Library and Research Group promotes and publishes new research in library and information science.



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