Why attend

In these times of reduced budgets and resources, it is important that you can make a sound business case for attending the CILIP Conference – the benefits of attending, not only to you as an individual but to your organisation and your users. The information below can help you put a case together for attending:

•    The Conference is a unique learning and professional development experience, giving you the headspace to think strategically about your career and the organisation you work for.

•    Have a look through programme – plan which sessions you would like to attend and make a case why.

•    Speak with colleagues not attending the conference to find out which sessions they would like you to attend and what information they would like you to bring back to the organisation. Perhaps they have questions they would like to put to a speaker?

•    Write a plan for how your day-to-day projects and tasks will be handled in your absence.

•    Write a plan describing how you plan to share the information learned at the conference with colleagues and an action plan to ensure that the ideas you bring back to your organisation come to fruition.

•    Focus especially on those ideas that will pay back the investment of the delegate place.

•    List the networking events that you will attend and pre-book if you need to.

•    Plan ahead to see the suppliers who could save your organisation time and money. The conference gives you the opportunity to compare similar companies and services as well as discover new developments.

•    Put together all of the costs that visiting the conference will include: delegate rate, hotel, travel. Lunch is included as part of the delegate fee.

•    You’ll develop your own skills and knowledge at the focused workshops.

•    You’ll discover effective tools to deliver CPD and improve the skills of staff.

•    Refresh your enthusiasm for your profession and see that manifest itself in how you come across with users and colleagues.


Delegates are more than happy to share their good experiences with us and here are a few of the comments we have received in the past, giving excellent reasons to attend.

“The Conference is part of your survival kit.” Dr Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress and CILIP Conference 2017 Keynote Speaker

  • “I’ve learned a huge amount about good practice, trends in the sector and new technologies and services. I have come away feeling more enthused and equipped to make a change in my organisation.”
  • I left feeling empowered and re-energised ready to go back to work and put some of these ideas into practice.”
  • “I felt the conference was inspiring, stimulating, enlightening and encouraging. But I also left Manchester with an underlying feeling of pride. I was proud to be a librarian, proud to be a cataloguer and proud to be a member of CILIP.”
  • “I came away with a lot of ideas to feed back to my own workplace around themes I gleaned from the day and also a greater sense of LIS professionals’ aims -and ideas to pursue in my coming year.”
  • “The conference had a real buzz and made me feel positive about working in the library environment. It also enabled me to interact with people from other organisations and in different spheres.”
  • “Valuable career development advice – I took away several pertinent points that I now need to reflect upon.”
  • “A heightened awareness of relevant themes for all libraries, regardless of sector, and importantly an understanding of the innovative ways that colleagues are rising to the challenges affecting our occupation”
  • “Attending the conference was an invaluable experience, and provided me with a range of CPD and networking opportunities which I’m sure will stand me in good stead in my future career.”
  • “To me, CILIP is a unique conference in that all Library and Information sectors are represented therefore a real gathering of the UK Library community.”

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