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CILIP Conference Preview

CILIP Conference makes a welcome return to the seaside surroundings of Brighton this summer.

The annual event brings together the most inspirational speakers from the ­library ­sector in the UK and abroad. This year’s keynote speakers are confirmed as House of Commons Librarian Penny Young; Sally Walker, Children’s Librarian at Orkney Library and Archive – and 2017’s Scottish Library and Information Professional of the Year; and John Chrastka and Patrick Sweeney of the groundbreaking EveryLibrary project in the US.

Hundreds of delegates are expected to join the conference, which takes place on 4 and 5 July. This year’s event offers a ­series of themed strands covering different sectors and aspects of library and information profession in all its forms – from library design and digital technology to a health ­seminar and career workshops. The conference will provide insights into many different areas of the profession, providing a platform for inspiration, debate and discussion.

One of this year’s highlights will be the appearance of John Chrastka and Patrick Sweeney, Executive Director and Political Director, respectively, of EveryLibrary. The organisation helps libraries in the US secure additional funding through political and grassroots activism.

John Chrastka

It describes itself as “the first and only national organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries. We are chartered ‘to promote public, school, and college libraries, including by advocating in support of public funding for libraries and building public awareness of public funding initiatives’. Our primary work is to support local public libraries when they have a referendum or measure on the ballot.”

Since its inception in 2013 EveryLibrary has worked with 62 library services, securing additional funding worth $220m for 46 of them. EveryLibrary offers training and support to enable communities to mount campaigns during election periods. These include advocating for ­libraries, as well as supporting get-out-to-vote initiatives that are designed to get affected communities to vote for candidates who will support their local library.

As well as providing training and support for campaigners, EveryLibrary also offers free resources.

This year’s conference will feature four workshop sessions, allowing attendees to get hands-on experience guided by experts. A marketing workshop will be led by Terry Kendrick; Naomi Korn will lead a workshop on copyright and compliance; while Alison Heppenstall will deliver a workshop titled “Knowing your value”. A fourth workshop looking at impact and evaluation will also be taking place, although the speaker for that session has not been confirmed yet.

Elsewhere there will be a series of breakout sessions, allowing delegates to tailor their conference experience to suit their interests.

The programme is being added to on a daily basis and so, to keep up to date, follow us at #CILIPConf18.

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Full delegate places include entry to the conference for the full two days, lunch and entry to the drinks reception on Brighton Pier on the evening of 4 July. Non-members can also take advantage of a special offer running throughout Conference registration, allowing them to sign up for CILIP membership at a reduced rate of £55 – saving a total of £45 on the standard fee for a year’s membership.

The deal means anyone signing up as a member when they book their delegate place will get full member benefits for the next 12 months, including an annual subscription to Information Professional, career support and advice, access to CILIP’s Virtual Learning Environment, and the opportunity to work towards professional recognition through CILIP Accreditation.

If you book four or more tickets full conference places, you will receive £150 off the fourth ticket. Select group bookings on the registration page.

A range of one-day tickets, including to social events in the evening, are also available. For full details on how to book click here.


Published: 3 May 2018


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