Your Career

This brand new strand of presentations and workshops focuses on developing your career and personal advocacy. These sessions will introduce you to tools and provide you with practical advice which will help you with your professional development and approach to advocacy within the workplace and profession. Sessions take place in the Pavilion next to the Dome.

Tuesday 11.40 – Shouting about the value of our skills

Information and Library Professionals have a unique and valuable skill set, but we aren’t good at telling others about the value we add to our services and organisations. In this session you will hear two presentations and have an opportunity to think about how you could develop your own personal advocacy as a key skill within your career.

Alison Brettle will introduce new research commissioned by CILIP which outlines the evidence base which demonstrates value that trained information and library professionals deliver to their organisation. Dawn Finch and Kate Arnold will then share their Leadership journeys with a particular focus on how they have developed their advocacy skills.


Tuesday 14.50 – Developing leaders in the profession: Tales from the CILIP Leadership Programme

In July 2015, CILIP launched their first Leadership Programme, bringing together a variety of professionals from right across the profession and UK. Now, a year later, they have completed the programme and in this session you will have an opportunity to hear more about the programme, the projects that they delivered and their learning journeys. You will also hear the perspective of a participant from the second leadership programme cohort which was specifically commissioned by Health Education England to support the leadership development of those working in Health settings. This will provide you with some useful ideas as to how you can develop your own Leadership Skills.


Tuesday 16.30 – Using the Impact Toolkit to advocate for your service or skills

Demonstrating and evidencing the impact of our services and skills is fundamental to the future of our profession.  This will be an interactive workshop which will give you an opportunity to use some of the resources from CILIP’s Impact Toolkit and to consider what more you could do to evidence impact.


Wednesday 11.25 – Tools to help you build your career

This session will introduce you to a range of tools that you can use to think about your career path, assess your knowledge and skills, create a development plan, develop your skills and get that job! It will include a first look at CILIP’s new online version of the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base.


Wednesday 13.45 – Professional Registration Cafe

Are you thinking of undertaking Professional Registration or just want to find out more? Are you currently undertaking Certification, Chartership or Fellowship and would welcome the opportunity to talk to others doing the same? Do you want to find out how straightforward Revalidation really is?

Come along to the Professional Registration Cafe. This will be a practical session where participants will have an opportunity to ask their questions, network with others, and share their learning.



Brettle, Alison

Dr Alison Brettle , Reader in Evidence Based Practice and Director of Post Graduate Research in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Research, University of Salford

With over 20 years experience of health, social care and library related research Alison recently published a systematic scoping review on the value, effectiveness and impact of trained library and information professionals on behalf of CILIP. She is actively involved with the open access professional journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and the International EBLIP Conference series.  She leads awards and prizes on behalf of CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group (LIRG).