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Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups

CILIP's Special Interest Groups provide communities where you can connect with like-minded people providing you with the chance to share and gain knowledge that will help you succeed.  As a member, you're able to join as many groups as you like, adding additional groups via your SocialLink profile.


Academic & Research Libraries Group

A forum for everyone working in academic or research libraries.


Cataloguing & Indexing Group

Promoting best practice in resourcing discovery and collection management.


Commercial, Legal & Scientific Information Group

Representing library and information professionals working in the commercial, legal and scientific sectors. 


Community, Diversity & Equality Group

Promoting diversity and equality in the library and information workforce.


Government Information Group

Representing the professional interests of knowledge and information professionals in government departments and agencies.


Health Libraries Group

For those working in, or with a professional interest in health and social care information.


Information Literacy Group

Encouraging debate and knowledge exchange on all aspects of information literacy. 


International Library & Information Group

Providing cross-border collaboration and knowledge exchange with librarians and information professionals around the world.

Knowledge & Information Management Group

Connecting knowledge managers, information managers and information services professionals.

Library & Information History Group

Exploring the history of libraries and librarianship. 


Library & Information Research Group

Promoting and publishing new research in library and information science.

  Local Studies Group

Supporting local studies librarians, archivists and museums.

Multimedia Information & Technology Group

Exploring the organisation, delivery and discovery or information through graphic forms, video and the web.. 


Prison Libraries Group

Raising the profile of library services for prison communities.

Public & Mobile Libraries Group

For absolutely anyone whose library service is either public or mobile.


Marketing & Communications Group

Marketing and promotion of library services, including user engagement and communication strategies.

Rare Books & Special Collections Group

Preservation, conservation and digitisation issues for rare books, manuscripts and special materials.

Retired Professionals Group

The community for retired library and information professionals.


School Libraries Group

Supporting school libraries, school librarians and Schools Library Services.

UK eInformation Group

Encouraging innovation in electronic information retrieval, management and processing.

Youth Libraries Group

Promoting young people's libraries and reading development.


Your professional network

Our professional network, Social Link, makes it possible to connect with other members and groups directly.  You can share your experiences and get advice, find events and training, and get insight and analysis through exclusive articles and resources.

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Your involvement powers our community

The CILIP community is powered by volunteers. Each groups success is built on the dedication and passion of people like you. If you’d like to be more involved in their work you can join one of the committees and play a part in how they are managed. Each group operates under the CILIP umbrella but is largely independent. To find out more just get in touch to see with your chosen group and see if they have vacancies.

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