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News: Issue 30
October 2016

Autumn Gathering Round Up

CILIPS Autumn Gathering took place on 20th October in Glasgow. Featuring keynote presentations from Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust and Diane Bruxvoort, University Librarian at Aberdeen University, as well as a school library stream, the event was again a sellout.

An evening reception for writers, publishers and librarians hosted by CILIPS President, Theresa Breslin followed the main event and included the launch of a new edition of the Directory of Rare Books and Special Collections in the UK and Republic of Ireland edited by Karen Attar who was present at the launch alongside CILIPS Trustee and CILIP Rare Book and Special Collections Group member, Andrew McAinsh. 
You can view photographs of both events taken by Charlie Sherry, our CILIPS photographer here.
Some of the presentations from the event are available here and more will be added soon.
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the event - members, stakeholders, exhibitors and other colleagues.

News Round Up
A full round up of news can be found on our website.

School Libraries
The Save Scotland's School Libraries petition was once again discussed by the Public Petitions Committee last week. After a short discussion the committee decided that they would write to both the Scottish Government and the Scottish Library and Information Council before deciding what further action should be taken. You can watch a video of the session here (forward to 41 mins). 
CILIPS Trustees to meet with Deputy First Minister
Following an intense discussion at the September Board meeting on the deteriorating situation regarding employment of professional school librarians, CILIPS Trustee Board wrote to Deputy First Minister, John Swinney requesting a meeting in the context of Scottish Government plans for raising attainment in schools. The meeting will take place in Edinburgh next month.

Libraries Week
CILIP has announced plans for the first Libraries Week, a seven day celebration of Britain’s much-loved libraries. Libraries will showcase the best they have to offer, encouraging people to discover what libraries can do for them on the week of October 9th to 14th, 2017.

Libraries Week will replace National Libraries Day, previously held in February. The countdown to the inaugural Libraries Week will launch on Saturday 4 February 2017 and libraries with activity already planned for 4 February 2017 are encouraged to continue with their plans as the transition to a new date gets underway. Full story here.

Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy
The Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland has been published. The strategy aims to allow digital technology to enhance learning and teaching across all curriculum areas and sets out an approach intended to support those delivering education enhanced by digital technology.

City of Edinburgh Libraries win award
City of Edinburgh Libraries’ Visually Impaired People (VIP) Service has won the ‘Tackling Inequality and Improving Health’ category at the COSLA Excellence Awards. Read more here.
Open Badges Accreditation
CILIPS met recently with Lesley Thomson from the Scottish Government to explore the use of open badges for accreditation of CPD. An “open badge” is a new online standard to recognise and verify learning.  Also known as a digital credential, an open badge is an icon containing embedded data which can be viewed and which describes e.g. where it was earned, who earned it and who issued it etc. Members may recall that some years ago we worked with DigitalMe to offer badges for our annual conference. Badges also refer outwards using hyperlinks, linking to criteria and supporting evidence for learning, painting a rich picture of an individual’s lifelong learning in a network of connections rather than a static paper based portfolio. We’ll be working with Lesley to develop badges for our conference, events and workshops in 2017.
First Minister’s Reading Challenge
Our keynote speaker at the recent Autumn Gathering event, Marc Lambert, CEO of the Scottish Book Trust, advised that more than 1000 Scottish schools have signed up to the challenge launched in August and which is running until June 2017. The Challenge is receiving fantastic support from Scotland’s public library network

Realising Ambition and Opportunity – one year on
The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) hosted an event earlier this month in Hamilton which marked one year on since the launch of Scotland’s public library strategy. Since the launch of the strategy Scottish libraries have received over £2.3 million of funding. SLIC has produced a video documenting just some of the services public libraries now provide.
Future Libraries Hackathon
From October 13-16th SLIC and Carnegie UK Trust hosted a Future Libraries Hackathon aimed at reimagining the role and functions of the library. Over the weekend seven teams pitched a diverse range of products and prototypes, from websites that make booking library spaces easier, to a digital tool for collecting qualitative data about library impact.  The winning product was ‘Library Go’ a gamified app to encourage young adults to become library users through a rewards based system.  The winners received a cash prize and continued support to develop their product.

Kelvin Hall
National Library of Scotland opened its new venue at Glasgow Kelvin Hall on 14th September when they welcomed audiences of all ages who explored the NLS displays and moving image and digital collections. The new venue in the west end of Glasgow is proving to be a huge success.  Read more about it here

Book Week Scotland
Book Week Scotland, the national celebration of books and reading, will kick off on 21st November and feature events and workshops in libraries around the country.  The programme is partly funded by SLIC and features appearances from Liz Lochhead, Alexander McCall Smith and Alan Cumming.

Honorary Members
Honorary membership presentations were made to Jeanette Castle, Jenny Des Fountain, Paulette Hill and Val Walker at the Autumn Gathering event on 20th October. Ruth Lyle, who was unable to attend, will receive her award at a later date.

The Scottish Government has launched a review of  early years and schools governance and is encouraging all with an interest in education to share their views.

Edinburgh Libraries is consulting on services including libraries.  The consultation is open until 18th November.

CILIPS/CILIP Memorandum of Understanding
CILIPS and CILIP recently opened discussions on a new memorandum of understanding. Members in Scotland will be offered a full consultation on the outcome of those discussions and will vote on any proposed changes at the AGM.

A new publication from the Carnegie UK Trust : Digital Participation and Social Justice in Scotland examines the links between digital exclusion and other forms of social exclusion. It identifies who is most likely to be digitally excluded and draws on detailed statistical analysis, carried out by Ipsos MORI, to examine the key drivers of this exclusion – including working status, housing tenure, age, qualifications, active lifestyles and mental health. You can download the short summary report here, full data report here and infographic here.

JISC have also produced a new Guide to data protection

Eric Simpson
CILIPS was saddened to learn of the death recently of retired member Eric Simpson, formerly Head of Learning Resources at Anniesland College.  Eric was a contributor to much of SLIC’s work on library standards in further education libraries.
Wikipedia & Libraries – White paper consultation
Guest contribution by Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence, University of Edinburgh
Alex Stinson of the Wikipedia Library has asked for feedback on two white papers he has been involved in drafting to help identify the opportunities for public libraries and academic libraries to collaborate more with Wikimedia.

Alex is looking for as much feedback as possible before the October 31st deadline so it can then inform how Wikipedia and Libraries co-operate together going forward. 

If you have a moment between now and October 31st, I’d be grateful if you could take a look at the below links to Google Documents and leave any comments you feel would be beneficial or relevant to the ongoing conversation about Wikipedia’s relationship with libraries.

Please also feel free to forward to other colleagues at public & academic libraries you believe would be interested in contributing to the white paper. More Information
During August at the World Library and Information Conference 2016 (#WLIC2016) hosted by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), Wikimedia’s Alex Stinson went to the conference hoping to help the library community get excited about the opportunities for collaborating with Wikipedia, by hosting an exhibit booth and giving a presentation.

Happily, Wikipedia became a hot topic throughout the conference but one conference only reaches a small community; that is why Wikimedia have been working with the team at IFLA to support the development of two public white papers.

The two draft papers were produced by committees of volunteers and librarians who have explored the opportunities for Wikipedia and Libraries to collaborate. These committees, chaired by Wikimedians and library advocates Alex Hinojo of Amical Wikimedia and the Mylee Joseph of the State Library of New South Wales, created very strong first drafts of the papers that survey the opportunities for libraries to be more engaged in the Wikimedia community. We need you to help us refine the conversation! As individual libraries it’s often hard to find the right skills, models and tools for collaborating so that the effort of libraries in improving access to information can work in collaboration with the effort of Wikipedians in sharing the sum of the world’s knowledge freely. However, there are hundreds of example partnerships throughout the world, that have demonstrated just how effective collaboration is.

That’s where the white papers can help: they seek to document the best of these opportunities. And we need your help expanding and refining them so that we can share the examples from around the world with anyone who wants to try them further. Thank you for any feedback, and for working to build the landscape of opportunities for Libraries and Wikipedia!
Update from CILIPS West Branch
The following is an update from Fiona Tinto of the CILIPS West Branch. If you are on the Committee of one of the Scottish Branches or Special Interest Groups and would like to provide an update please e mail

CILIPS West Branch
It’s been a while since the last West Branch feature in the CILIPS news round up, but don’t be fooled into thinking that the branch has been equally quiet.  On the contrary – things have been so busy I haven’t had time to write a round-up!  OK, so that’s maybe a slight exaggeration, but we have been active.

Last month we hosted “Exceptional Copyright with Alan Rae”. The event was well-attended by librarians from a range of sectors, and Alan gave an engaging and thought-provoking talk on copyright, current trends, and notable Exceptions. Please see a fuller write-up on our blog from Anne Noble. 

Our copyright event followed on from our successful June event – a talk from John Scally on the National Library of Scotland and Kelvin Hall partnership.  The Kelvin Hall site is now open to visitors, and if you missed our event blog post at the time you can find that here.

Our next event will be our annual Meet the President /AGM event on 2nd November.  This is a free event, our AGMs are wonderfully brief, and it’s always an enjoyable evening.  We hope to see you there – please register via our Eventbrite link.

In other news, there have been murmurings concerning a Central Branch vs. West Branch challenge event (I believe bowling was mentioned…) so watch this space!

For more information on CILIPS West Branch activity please visit our West Branch page on the CILIPS website and follow us on Twitter @cilipswest .  

If there is anything you would like to see featured in the CILIPS newsletter West Branch slot, please contact Fiona Tinto (

A full list of events can be found on our website. If you are aware of an event taking place in Scotland that may be relevant to CILIPS members then please e mail details to

UK wide events can also be viewed via the CILIP website.

Dzien dobry Glasgow! Dzien dobry Wroclaw! by Sylwia Grabowska

Date: October 31st - 7-8.15pm

Venue: Room 1130, National Library of Scotland

Details: Next year's IFLA conference comes back to Europe, to the city of Wroclaw in Poland.

To give you a flavour of Poland, ILIG is bringing its Informal Talks to Edinburgh where Polish Librarian Sylwia Grabowska will give an overview of Polish Libraries and her work in Scotland and overseas.

Sylwia moved to Glasgow in 2013 to study for an MSc in Information and Library Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to coming to Glasgow, she studied MA of Polish Philology with specialisation of Scientific Information and Bibliology and worked as a librarian in a regional pedagogical library and a high school library in the Polish city of Elblag, near Gdansk. She is also a qualified teacher. She is currently working as College Librarian in the Scottish School of Christian Mission in Glasgow, leading project development of the library, including cooperation with libraries in Malawi and Pakistan.

Sylwia will give an overview of the history of Polish libraries and development of the Polish librarianship; she will discuss the current legal situation, modern issues and major Polish libraries, with a focus on the National Library of Poland; and share her experience of work in various libraries across countries.

The event also relates to the following areas of CILIP's Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB):

2.7 Knowledge sharing and collaboration
9.3 Advocacy 9.5 Partnership Development
11.4 Service innovation, development, and design
12.5 Communication skills 12.6 Networking skills

ILIG Informals are not lectures; they are informal, but informative, early evening meetings with a short talk on a theme of international interest plus plenty of time for questions and networking. They are open to all and absolutely free. Light refreshments are served which is why we ask you to let ILIG know you are coming by booking online


CILIPS West invite you to meet the CILIPS President Theresa Breslin

Date: 2nd November - 6pm for 6.30pm start till 8pm.

Venue: CEE 8, Centre for Executive Education, Glasgow Caledonian University.

CILIPS West Branch are very pleased to invite you to meet Theresa Breslin

Theresa is a Carnegie Medal winning author and the current CILIPS President, she will present and then there will be a chance to chat and network over a glass of wine.

We will also hold a brief branch AGM.

Book your free ticket:


Harris Academy School Library Visit (Tayside Branch event)

Date: 1st December 1st - 5-6.30pm.

Venue: Harris Academy, Perth Road, Dundee DD2 1NL

Elaine Hunter, Harris' school librarian, will give a tour of the all new library facilities. This is a great opportunity for CILIPS members to have a look round and network.

Refreshments and nibbles will be provided.

Please e-mail Tanya to book your place at


CILIP in Scotland Conference 2017

Date: June 5-6 2017

Venue: Dundee Apex Hotel

Booking will open early 2017

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