Your Career










Your Career, sponsored by Information School, University of Sheffield

11.25, Wednesday 5 July

Starting out in your career

When starting out in your career first impressions count. This workshop will provide preparation strategies to get you off to a great start. Using resources from CILIP’s Careers Hub and Impact Toolkit you will identify your strengths using SWOT and PKSB, and communicate your value with an elevator pitch.

Juanita Foster-Jones, Development Officer (VLE), CILIP
Juanita works with Regional Member Networks, Special Interest Groups and external suppliers to develop resources for CILIP’s VLE.

Jo Cornish, Development Officer (Employers), CILIP

Jo Cornish is a Development Officer at CILIP who works with employers in the library, information and knowledge profession. Her role is to understand the current and future needs of employers so that she is well placed to help organisations find the CILIP services that best meet their needs and to help develop new services accordingly. A chartered librarian with a background in public libraries, her recent work has focused particularly on information professionals in the government and health sectors.

15.40, Wednesday 5 July

What makes a great communicator?

What makes a great communicator? What might be getting in the way of that person being you? And what can you do to become even more effective? In this workshop, we’ll explore your communication ‘style’, build on your communication strengths and understand how your beliefs and body language shape the communication you give and receive. You’ll go away with a range of practical tips and techniques you can use to present your best-self at interviews and in your day-to-day interactions.

Claire Bradshaw, Director, Claire Bradshaw Associates
Claire’s career in the library and information sector began almost 20 years ago during which time she has managed services in local government and the NHS. Claire now works as a freelance consultant and has recently provided specialist library and organisational development for Health Education England as well as coaching and training to the NHS library and information network in the North of England.

As a highly trained professional coach and trainer, she is passionate about making a lasting difference for individuals, communities and organisations. Her facilitative approach and personal focus is rooted in a drive to enable others to reach their potential through transformational development. Claire’s recent clients include the University of Manchester, Virgin Trains, NHS organisations and the George House Trust

10.50, Thursday 6 July

An insiders guide to Professional Registration
Using a mix of presentation and workshop elements, the Chair of the Professional Registration Board, Kate Robinson, and the North West Candidate Support Officer, Dan Livesey, will guide you through the key elements of a successful submission for ACLIP, MCLIP or FCLIP. In this session they will explore what the Professional Registration and Accreditation Board is looking for when it assesses, how you determine which registration level is right for you, the mysteries of the VLE and how to get the best out of it, how to tell if you are writing reflectively and how to target the criteria. You’ll leave the session with a better understanding of how to succeed in your application, along with the time to reflect on your own ‘take-away’ messages from the conference itself to use for your own submission.

Kate Robinson, Chair of CILIP’s Professional Registration and Accreditation Board
Kate is University Librarian at the University of Bath, UK. A Theology graduate from the University of Manchester with a Masters in Library & Information Studies, she has worked in libraries since the 1980s; contributing to a range of sectors including public libraries, private members’ libraries and the advertising industry. Kate’s current professional interests are skills focused, both for library users and library staff, and she particularly enjoys collaborative projects which make best use of new ideas and new technologies. Kate is Chair of CILIP’s Professional Registration & Accreditation Board, a CILIP Mentor, a Magistrate and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and CILIP.

Dan Livesey, CILIP North West Members Candidate Support Officer

See below for more information on Dan.

13.20, Thursday 6 July

Why Rhymetime helped prepare me for a career in the NHS
Change is inevitable, especially in the library and information profession. Whether it’s change we instigate ourselves by applying for a new job, or change which is inflicted upon us via a restructuring, realising that our skills are transferable will ensure that we are prepared and adaptable. This presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities of moving from a rural public library setting into a NHS mental health Trust in Manchester.

Dan Livesey, Knowledge Service Manager, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Dan is Knowledge Service Manager for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He previously worked in public libraries in Cheshire as a Librarian and Library Assistant. Since moving in to the NHS, Dan has been Chair of North West Mental Health Librarians, and has worked within the Health Education England (HEE) Knowledge for Healthcare, Patient and Public Information work-stream.  As a CILIP North West Committee member, Dan is the current Candidate Support Officer (CSO) for Professional Registration in the North West. He chartered in 2014 and is also a CILIP Mentor.


Changing sectors and finding your perfect role
Using the CILIP Professional Knowledge and Skill Base Toolkit to help with changing sectors.

Sioned Jacques, Welsh and Children’s Librarian, Cardiff Libraries
After an 18 year career in Schools Library Service Sioned changed roles to work in the Public Library Sector and currently works for Cardiff Council Libraries. She has always been an active member of CILIP, particularly with the Youth Libraries Group both in Wales and nationally (current Past Chair) and has been judge and Chair of Judges for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. Sioned is a current judge for the Tir Na N-Og Children’s Book Awards that CILIP Wales sponsor.

15.10, Thursday 6 July

How to be a chief librarian in 15 easy steps
Through the lens of her own career and the various professional roles she has held, Caroline Brazier, will explore some of the contemporary trends in library and information services and the professional changes they are bringing with them. She will look at changes in collections, services and use of spaces and discuss the impact of these changes on the people who use library and information services and those who work in them.

Caroline Brazier, Chief Librarian, British Library
Caroline is Chief Librarian at the British Library. She has developed experience over thirty years working in libraries in the UK and internationally and has worked in academic, research and national library sectors involved in research, the development of standards and digital developments. Caroline is currently a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Britten Pears Foundation and the Saga Trust.

Her whole professional career has been based on a belief that access to information, improving literacy and supporting lifelong learning are vital public services and that libraries are an essential part of that service. Library and information services in the UK, as well as internationally, are going through a period of unprecedented challenge and change. They need a strong, strategic voice to advocate for them. She believes that CILIP can offer that voice and by being a CILIP Trustee she has the relevant experience, skills and enthusiasm to contribute.

Thanks to our sponsor, Information School,  University of Sheffield who are supporting this strand.