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Professional development at your fingertips


Maintaining and updating your professional knowledge and skills is an excellent way to show current and future employers that you are a competent practitioner. It can help with career progression, as well as improving your confidence. Whether you are just wanting to update your skills, are working towards Professional Registration, or want to prove your commitment to ongoing development with revalidation CILIP has a number of ways to support your CPD.

CILIP Webinars

CILIP webinars provide a short 1 hour introduction to a topic, that you can access from your desktop or mobile device. You can check out forthcoming webinars on our Events page . If you’d like to get a flavour of previous webinars you can access them on the Webinar Recordings page.

CILIP Virtual Learning Environment

We have a number of short online courses for you to dip into in the CILIP Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Each course contains a mixture of readings, videos and reflective activities to help you apply the skills and knowledge you have gained. All courses are designed for you to study independently and dip in and out of them.

Below is a listing of courses on the CILIP VLE:

Impact Toolkit logo

The Impact Toolkit provides practical resources, information and support so members can clearly and effectively demonstrate their value as professionals – and the value of the services they manage and provide – to key decision makers and stakeholders. The Impact Toolkit's courses include:

  • Understanding Value: Planning and Scoping; Stakeholder Analysis; Impact & Evidence
  • Communicating Value: Communications; Relationships & Influence; Advocacy
CILIP Careers Hub

The Careers Hub contains a range of resources to assist you at different career stages and with a variety of issues that you may encounter. There are practical activities to support you as well as relevant articles and interviews from information practitioners. The Careers Hub includes sections on:

  • Career Management: planning your next step and job hunting advice
  •  Career Options: introductions to the different sectors with interviews from practitioners
  • Challenges and Change: flexible working, career breaks, temporary roles and unemployment are covered in here.

  • CILIP PKSB wheel

    We’ve tagged the rest of our courses to areas of the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB), so you can target your professional development. The table below gives you a list of the courses available in each section.

    PKSB section

    Sources available

    Organising knowledge and information Introduction to cataloguing
    Knowledge and information management Introduction to information management
    Adding value as a knowledge facilitator
    Research skills Collecting, analysing & interpreting statistical data
    Electronic survey methods
    Designing impact and evaluation forms
    LIRG research skills
    Information, governance and compliance Information audits
    Libraries and privacy in the digital age
    Copyright, Data Protection and Freedom of Information
    Records management and archiving Introduction to managing archives
    Collection management and development Community centred collections
    Literacies and learning Teaching large groups
    Leadership and advocacy Introduction to leadership
    IT and communication 10 tools for productivity
    Wider Library Information and Knowledge sector context Exploring the wider library information and knowledge sector context
    Wider organisation and environmental context Wider organisation and environmental context



You can find out how to access the CILIP VLE here

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