Your career sponsored by Information School, University of Sheffield

11.40 – Wednesday 4th July

Networking for the rest of us: how to cope in social situations at professional events

Based on the findings of an online survey and our own experiences of networking and socialising at conferences, this workshop offers an array of practical hints and tips aimed at helping anyone who has ever felt daunted by the prospect of having to speak to strangers in a professional capacity. There will be opportunities to practice networking, using board games and other displacement activities as a tool to open conversations and promote discussion.

Jo Wood, Library and Information Service Manager, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass)

Jo has been working in libraries since 2003 and now manages a remote library and information service for social workers. She qualified in 2006 via the distance learning route at Aberystwyth University, Chartered in 2008 and has successfully undergone three cycles of revalidation. Jo is currently pursuing Fellowship, is a member of the CILIP in London and ALISS committees and produces the Librarians with Lives podcast and blog. She is a mother of twins, a keen runner and completed her first ultramarathon in 2017.

Mike Jones, Assistant Librarian, University of Winchester

Mike has been working in the library profession for 13 years, nearly all of which have been within further education, only very recently moving from the sector to take up a post at University of Winchester. He qualified with an MA in Library & Information Management from Northumbria University in 2015. He is Chair of ARLG Southern, a regional branch of the CILIP Special Interest Group. His current professional interests include facilitating networking, the uses of technology in information literacy skills training and the uses of social media by libraries and librarians.


15.35 – Wednesday 4th July

Growth and experience

For new professionals, or those looking to change sector/jobs, gaining valuable experience can be challenging. This session explores ways in which everyone can make use of opportunities to enhance their CV and secure their next role.

10.15 – Thursday 5th July

Professional registration cafe

If professional registration is in your career plan, this session is for you. CILIP staff Jo Cornish and Sonia Ramdhian will provide guidance for current candidates and an introduction for those who want to learn more about professional registration. Professional registration portfolio assessor, Andrea Drewett, will share exactly what the board are looking for in portfolios and provide top tips for success. The café is an informal session where candidates and potential candidates can share their knowledge and experience, with guidance from the experts.


14.15 – Thursday 5th July

The evolving profession

This session provides insights into the direction of the profession and the new roles that have emerged in recent times, as such evidence suggest that there is a requirement to cultivate a portfolio career with transferable skill sets.


15.50 – Thursday 5th July

Leadership at all levels

The library and information profession requires elements of leadership but what if you are considering taking on a leadership role in a formal capacity? What attributes do you need to cultivate? This session is for those with an interest in leadership looking to take their first steps.