South East

Youth Libraries Group South East Training Day: Books and Bytes: creating enthusiastic readers through print and digital media

A practical training day for library staff. How can we best use books, apps, websites and e-resources to create enthusiastic young readers?

- To introduce participants to a range of digital resources to support reading for pleasure
- To consider how print and digital media can complement one another
- To provide opportunities to network and share good practice

** If possible, please bring a smartphone or tablet with you, so that you can try out some of the resources that will be discussed **

YLG South West - Join us for A Very Happy UnConference!

The Very Happy UnConference is aimed at anyone with an interest in promoting reading for pleasure to children and young people, but as it’s an unconference YOU set the agenda! The event at Keynsham Library is free, but we ask that you please bring a hand made name badge and a cake for tea break - get your creativity flowing before the day and impress your fellow book lovers to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

External Event: 28th Annual Conference of the Independent Libraries Association:

Independent libraries occupy a unique place in the world’s cultural life. Rather than seeing independent libraries as niche or elitist, the Financial Times described the UK’s independent libraries as ‘havens of books, conversation and cultural events with histories stretching back centuries.’ The role and function of the independent library is a little-explored area, but growing numbers of scholars and researchers are joining the public in working in and around these institutions.

Social media for professional purposes

Social media & learning technologies for librarians & information professionals is a FREE event aiming to introduce you to innovations, issues and ideas in using social media and learning technologies as a librarian or information professional.  It is aimed at anyone working in FE, HE or research libraries who has an interest in using social media tools either on behalf of their institution or personally for library matters.

Visit to the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum

CILIPinKent are pleased to offer Library and Information Professionals and para-Professionals living or working in Kent the oppurtunity to visit the Caird Library and Archive at the National Maritime Museum. Situated in Greenwich, the Library forms part of the Royal Museums. 

It is 'the most extensive reference library of maritime history in the world'

Chawton House Library: Jane Austen and much more

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Dr Darren Bevin will be giving a presentation on Chawton House Library, the Hampshire study centre for English women’s writing from 1600 to 1830 and home to rare books and manuscripts by authors including Jane Austen and Mary Shelley.

Dr Bevin was previously Senior Library Assistant at the Faculty of Divinity Library at the University of Cambridge. His 17-year career also includes librarian posts at the University Centre César Ritz in Switzerland and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Visit to the National Autistic Society Reference Library

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CILIPinKent are pleased to offer Information Professionals the opportunity to visit the UK's leading charity for autistic people and their families. 

The National Autistic society provide information and advice to create 'a better world for autistic people'. The Librarians will talk to attendees about their roles and the collections. 

More information about the charity can be found at

Open to members and non-members.