Some of our policy work relates to issues which are not sector specific or relate to issues which are important to more than one sector. In this section you will find our work on information literacy, freedom of information, international, copyright, ebooks, knowledge and information management and sustainable development goals.

  • Copyright

    CILIP and the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA) advocate for a fair and balanced copyright framework which respects the rights of copyright holders whilst placing equal value on the importance of users’ liberties.

  • Information literacy

    Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. Information literacy has relevance for democracy and active citizenship and is something which happens or needs to happen outside of formal education and throughout an individual’s lifetime as well as within educational institutions. Our members are key participants in information literacy across all sectors of the profession

  • Knowledge and information management

    CILIP see these skills as essential to the health of organisations of all types. They support evidence-based practice and policy-making and so help all organisations better achieve their aims: in the case of the private sector this will include increasing profit. At a strategic level it is about treating information as an asset and ensuring, just as with finance, staff or plant, the returns on this investment are optimised.

  • Ebooks

  • Freedom of access to information

    Intellectual freedom is the right to access and share information, to intellectual activity and creativity, to expression and debate. 

    A fair and prosperous democratic society is built upon access to information and ideas, the ability to develop knowledge and communicate with others.

  • International

    Library and information services are crucial to achieving access to information and freedom of expression and in fostering literacy and learning. We monitor global developments relevant to information professionals and advance the interests of our members by working with a number of international organisations.

  • Sustainable development goals

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) set out a blueprint for development priorities up to 2030. There are seventeen goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues, from ending poverty and hunger to improving health and education, reducing inequality, and combating climate change.