Evening Lecture and informal welcome | Tuesday 2nd July, 18.30 | Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

Arriving for Conference on 2nd July? Come along and join us for short lecture on the novel and a warm welcome to Conference and Manchester!

Angela Platt, Librarian and Archivist, will be giving a short presentation of a brief history of the early novel, noting how individuals have practiced ‘subversion’ (challenged their own and others’ understanding of the world). It will end with a few tips for keeping track of the latest literature to help accomplish just this.

Anyone who is in town can come along to the lecture which will be followed by drinks and an informal welcome from Michael Cook, Chair of CILIP North West Member Network, with a chance to network in the local area.

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BAME Network get-together | Wednesday 3 July | 5.15-5.45 – CILIP stand

CILIP’s recently formed Black, Asian and Minority Ethic Network has been created to address BAME underrepresentation in the LIS profession. If you are a member of the group, or are interested in joining, pop along for a cup of tea and an informal chat.

Conference drinks reception | Wednesday 3 July, 19.30 | Sponsored by Crown Records Management

We’re heading to the Museum of Science and Industry for a great night of food and drinks and a chance to see some of the exhibits. We’ll be providing coaches to a from some of the main hotels (details on this to come). Tickets for this event are included in the ‘full conference delegate’ package or available separately for one day delegates.


Tour of Manchester Central Library, Albert Square, Manchester
6pm, Wednesday 3rd July

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Manchester Central Library is the second largest public library in the UK and is intended to be an inclusive space, appealing to families, children and young people, and aspiring entrepreneurs as much as more traditional library audiences. The transformed venue is now engaging and empowering the city’s diverse communities with world class information services fit for the 21st century. Over 1.4 million annual visitors enjoy a vibrant new educational and cultural programme in comfortable surroundings and spaces designed to inspire creativity and collaboration.

Two groups of 15 delegates will have a special guided tour of the library. Meet at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd July.

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Librarians with Lives…LIVE! | Throughout the conference

The Librarians with Lives podcast @libswithlives started by Jo Wood in September 2017 speaking with information professionals at all stages of their careers, from the UK, Australia and the US, and across the full spectrum of sectors. Jo recorded live at CILIP Conference in Brighton last year, and it was one of Librarian with Lives most listened  listened to podcast of 2019. Perhaps this year’s podcast will include you! Librarians with Lives is returning for 2019 and is looking for delegates who want to chat about their career stories and their thoughts on the conference. Come and find Jo Wood @JoWood04 at the conference to get involved.


Welcome Zone | Exhibition Hall

Is this your first CILIP Conference? Are you attending the conference on your own? Then come on over to the Welcome Zone and meet up with other first-timers, say hello to the CILIP Team and take part in some
ice-breaking activities.  Designed to make the conference less daunting, the Welcome Zone has been set up to make meeting new colleagues easier – with a mix of activities, opportunities to chat, and a chance to say hello to the team.

Recharging zone, sponsored by BDS | Exhibition Hall

Need to charge your laptop, tablet or phone at the conference? Head over to the recharging zone, kindly sponsored by BDS, and plug in your device. Lockable cupboards are available so you are free to head off to the next exciting session!

Sight-seeing run | Thursday 4 July, 08.00 | 

Join our very own Gemma Wood, CILIP Marketing Manager for a group run, starting and finishing at Manchester Central Library. She promises that the run won’t be too fast, no one will be left behind, and she’ll have you back in good time ready for the start of the conference. Here are the details of the route: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/23604689

 Breakfast Seminar | Thursday 4 July, 08.30

Join EveryLibrary as we unveil the national advocacy project and the tools, data, funding, and resources being made freely available to local campaigners and libraries under threat across England. They will also introduce strategies and tactics that you can use to make the most out of these resources in order to build political power and influence for funding libraries in England.

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