I have spent an interesting and inspiring year as the 2018 CILIP President. I have travelled far and wide representing the association - and can honestly say it has been an honour and a privilege. I started my career as a children’s librarian, nearly 25 years ago, and am currently Head of Libraries and other face-to-face services in Warwickshire. I am also a Trustee of Libraries Connected, formerly the Society of Chief Librarians.
After receiving her PGDip in Librarianship Margaret began her career as a trainee librarian with Dunfermline District Council, at the Central Library in Abbot Street. After three years in Dunfermline, Margaret gained her Chartership and was appointed by West Lothian District Council to the post of Branch Librarian in Bathgate where she remained for 18 years, as a branch librarian, a Staff and Stock Manager and latterly as an Area Manager, before moving to Scottish Borders Council as Library Services Manager in 2000.
Margaret joined CILIP at library school, and served on the CILIPS East Branch committee for approximately 20 years.
I have extensive experience of operating at senior levels as a knowledge and information professional in the UK government sector. I was formally Government Head of Profession for Knowledge and Information Management and was a founding member of the Government’s Knowledge Council. I am a member of BSI’s KM Committee. I am Fellow of CILIP and was appointed CMG in 2013 for services to knowledge and information management. I volunteer with Girl guiding.
Duncan Wright is Senior Librarian at St George's School for Girls, Edinburgh. He is a passionate campaigner for school libraries and was instrumental, as part of the Save Scotland’s School Libraries Campaign, in petitioning the Scottish Parliament to introduce a National Strategy for School Libraries in Scotland.
He was winner of the School Librarian of the Year Award in 2010 and is currently Chair of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Scotland).
When not protesting and shouting about libraries he can be found down on his allotment or watching his beloved football team Rangers FC.
Paul started his career in the Library at the Zoological Society of London (London Zoo) and was finally released into the wild to then follow his career in academic libraries Oxford Polytechnic, Northern College (Dundee) and now Glyndwr University (formerly North East Wales Institute of Higher Education). He has been active in CILIP throughout his career mainly with University College and Research Group (now ARLG) both in Wales and nationally. Setting up one of the first foundation degrees in librarianship has been his proudest achievement, especially as it was the first course to be accredited by CILIP under the new qualifications framework. Working with CILIP and CILIP Cymru Wales I would encourage others to join CILIP Cymru Wales as it is a great opportunity to engage with fellow professionals across the LIS sector and make a real difference to librarianship across Wales and nationally. I am most proud of my involvement as a participant, workshop facilitator and speaker at the CILIP Wales Conferences, particularly the occasion when I first shared the idea of foundation degrees with colleagues and realised that it was time to turn theory into practice, the rest is history...
I am Librarian of the Linen Hall Library in Belfast. Founded in 1788 the Linen Hall is the oldest Library in Belfast and the last subscribing Library in Ireland. I am the custodian of the Linen Hall’s collections and am tasked with collecting, conserving and making them as accessible as possible. I am a member of the Senior Management Team with operational responsibility for running the library service. I set the strategy for the library service and engage with stakeholders and partner organisations, and support the Linen Hall’s Director in sourcing funding and demonstrating value to our Members and funders.
I came to the Linen Hall from global elite law firm Allen & Overy, where I was Library & Research Manager and part of the management team of their Belfast office. Previously I was Assistant Librarian at the Bar Library and the Northern Ireland Assembly Library. My early library career was in the academic libraries of Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Strathclyde. I began my library life in a public library in North Belfast.
I attended the University of Glasgow, gaining an MA in English Literature, and undertook my MSc in Information Management at Queen’s University Belfast. I have been a member of CILIP for over 20 years and recently registered to undertake CILIP Fellowship. I am also a member the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL).
I am an avid reader, enjoy music, going to gigs, Northern Soul nights, vegetarian cooking and I have an ambition to hike the Inca Trail in Peru.
CILIP is the UK library and information association (Registered Charity No. 313014), incorporated under Royal Charter and working across all four nations of the UK
CILIP members living and working in Scotland are supported and represented by CILIP in Scotland (CILIPS), an independently-registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). CILIPS SCIO works in affiliation with CILIP under a joint Service Level Agreement.
CILIP members living and working in Wales and Northern Ireland are supported and represented by the CILIP Cymru Wales Committee and the CILIP Ireland Committee respectively.
To me, #libraries stand for freedom, literacy, knowledge, tolerance & understanding & it has never been more important to defend these ideas.