2019 CILIP Conference – Content Outline

Our delegates come from across the sector and so we work hard to ensure that the content appeals to everyone.

The programme is now available to view and we will be adding the abstracts and biographies as we get them. In the meantime, we have outlined the ideas behind the content.

The Conference will be split into five main areas:

  • Big Ideas
  • Knowledge and Information Management
  • Specialisms
  • Career
  • Technical

You’ll find some, but not all, of the programme from each area below.

Big Ideas

We want to celebrate everything that is fantastic about our sector – the innovation, the success stories and as a forward-facing profession, how we are responding to the changing landscape. The five sessions will include mix of panels and presentations on:

  • How librarians and information professionals have become digital innovators, taking new technologies when they are viable and using them to develop new initiatives
  • Books, reading and diversity led by Book Trust in conjunction with Speaking Volumes
  • Online harm and misinformation are buzzwords affecting many aspects of life: we will hear from speakers that are taking a practical approach to rise to these digital challenges. These are: Sangeet Bhullar from Wise Kids, Philip Russell talking about Media Literacy Ireland’s “Be Media Smart” initiative and Nicola Aitken from the DCMS Online Harms team
  • British Library will introduce us to their Living Knowledge project and Business hubs
  • Diversity in the profession – library and information professionals share their experiences

Knowledge and Information Management

This “conference within a conference” is a must for all practitioners in this sector, looking at various initiatives and experiences

  • Introductory “Round Table” discussions, giving you the opportunity to meet other KM and IM practioners and share experiences and ideas
  • Information as an Asset – what does the report tell us? –
  • ISO standards/KM Chartership – Patrick Lambe, our keynote speaker, is presenting in this session, along with Judy Payne, the Chair of the Standards Committee, and Chris Collinson, co-author of The KM Cookbook
  • Information Management and Information Managers within organisations – how to introduce it into your organisation, especially to managers who are not ‘information people’ – Arthur Robbins – Roche, Sian Tyrell – RHS, Aimee Reed – Metropolitan Police


We’ve been working with some of our Special Interest Groups to bring you the latest views and thinking

  • Public libraries: Our Public and Mobile Libraries Group will be chairing a session highlighting innovative activities with speakers from Libraries Hacked, MicroBit Foundation, Shelf Help in Kirklees, and Manchester’s LGBT collections.
  • Higher education: the academic sector session will be exploring diversifying leadership, open access and the new KEF
  • Learning: This session will be celebrating those who have transformed their school or college libraries


What are the skills you need to have to progress your career? These sessions, a mixture of interactive workshops and panels, will cover:

  • Authentic leadership
  • Impact and influence
  • Professional Registration – the low down from an assessor and candidate support officer
  • Don’t be afraid of social media
  • Career tips on successes (and maybe failures) – lightning talks from six CILIP Leaders Network members


These sessions provide more detail in specific areas

  • Technical Practice – RDA/library standards, Discovery, and publishing standards
  • What better Information behaviour looks like
  • Coding skills with Library Carpentry
  • Information Governance
  • Diversity in the profession – Panel discussion