CILIP Conference 2020 is moving to new dates in November.

3-4 November will see hundreds of library and information professionals heading to Southport for 2 days of inspiring keynote speakers, practical workshops and essential networking opportunities.

We are delighted to announce our first keynote speaker – Tracie D Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association. Tracie has worked in public libraries for many years and was among the first cohort of ALA’s Spectrum Scholars, a grant programme to diversify librarianship. She served as the director of ALA’s Office for Diversity in the early 2000s.

Most recently, Tracie directed the culture portfolio at the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, developing new grant programmes designed to catalyse and scale neighbourhood-based arts venues, cultural programming and creative entrepreneurship. A civic leader in Chicago, Tracie was appointed to serve on the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council at the beginning of 2020. Tracie has also served in multiple roles in academia, including as assistant dean of Dominican’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest, IL.

As you can see, Tracie will bring an incredible breadth of experience and knowledge to conference, which we know will inspire delegates.

More information will be coming soon about the shape of the programme, how you can become a delegate or exhibitor/sponsor. Meanwhile, you can register your interest for 2020 and find all of the information about our 2019 event on these pages.