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News: Issue 25
April 2016

Welcome to the Newsletter
The past month has been all go for CILIP in Scotland with a portfolio building workshop, mentor training, a career skills day, a visit to Killarney for the LAI and CILIP Ireland Conference, our Trustee Board and Council meetings all taking place and of course the finishing touches being put to our Annual Conference. The latter is getting very close to selling out so if you haven't booked your place then you can book here now.

In this month's newsletter we have a report on the Irish Conference from our President Theresa Breslin who attended the event. We also have a round-up of all the latest news including some exciting new additions to the Conference programme.

LAI/CILIP Ireland Conference
Report from CILIP in Scotland President Theresa Breslin

To attend the annual Conference organised and hosted jointly by CILIP Ireland and The Library Association of Ireland, I flew from Scotland to Killarney -where the weather was warm and the hospitality even warmer.  

The CEO of County Kerry began the Conference with a multi-layered statement of full support for the library service. I was so overcome by this that I buttonholed her in the lobby to sing her praises. She seemed mildly surprised that there might be government officers and councillors who did not appreciate the immense value that a professional library service could bring to their communities and also be a positive and influential ambassador for local authorities.

The Keynotes were enlightening and encouraging with some practical advice on surviving these austere times.

My break out sessions included:- advice on submitting articles and reviews to our professional journals and librarians sharing experiences of celebrating special events and occasions by creating opportunities for the public to take part in person and online.

As at most Conferences a great deal of honest interchange took place during breaks and over meals. It was at one of these that I learned of the ‘One Book – Two Cities’ project which is running this year. This involves the citizens of Belfast and Dublin reading the same book, and I thought it, or similar, had great potential to be mapped elsewhere.

There were delegates from a wide range of services which meant that networking was exposing people to varying personal and professional experiences. This meant lots of helpful hints, banter, moans, gossip and a few tall tales.

So, yes, the craic was everything it’s cracked up to be!

Changes to library services 

Since the previous newsletter we have become aware of the following changes to services:

  • Perth and Kinross – Transferred to a Charitable Trust (Culture Perth and Kinross).
  • Scottish Borders Council – Transferred to a Charitable Trust (Borders Live).  
  • South Lanarkshire – Closure of Whitehills Library. 

Are you aware of any cuts, closures or consulations that we have missed? Or do you have any updates or corrections to the above? E mail us in confidence at

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

Outcome of recent member consultations

Rules and Regulations: The proposed changes to our Rules and Regulations will go forward to the AGM in their final draft form following consultation with members.

Nominations for Honorary Membership: Five nominations were received by Trustee Board at their meeting on 21st April. Each nominee will now be asked to confirm they are happy for their name to go forward for approval by the full membership at the AGM on 7th June. The awards will be presented at the Autumn Gathering event in Glasgow on 20th October.

CILIPS Conference

Booking closes for the Conference on 13th May (though may sell out sooner than this) and we have some exciting additions to the programme:

Pamela Tulloch, SLIC CEO, will be presenting an update on ‘Ambition and Opportunity’ the National Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland in advance of the joint session from North Ayrshire and Falkirk Libraries on their recent PLIF Projects.

Peggy Hughes will be discussing Literary Dundee.

Amina Shah from Scottish Book Trust will be speaking about the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and some other Scottish Book Trust projects and we’re delighted to announce that Halcyon will be performing for us after Conference Dinner!

Holyrood Aye!

Our election campaign continues as we approach 5th May polling day. The CILIPS Manifesto for libraries has been published and is a testament to the great work of our members including Ken McKinlay, Margaret Cairns, Jill Evans and Cleo Jones who formed the Task and Finish group under the leadership of Trustee Duncan Wright and who developed and designed the publication.

Check out our HolyroodAye! Electionwatch page for the latest updates on how Scotland’s political parties and election candidates are responding to our manifesto. We’ve approached parties contesting all constituencies and parties contesting all regions.

Our series of blog posts continues with Louise McDonald, CEO of Young Scot, discussing the power and potential that library and information professionals have and Tam Baillie, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland talking about how libraries help young people understand their rights. All our election blogs can be viewed here:

SQA Launch Digital Learners Guide

The SQA launched a new set of Digital Learner Guides at an event on the 30th March in Glasgow, These guides are freely available and can be used to teach basic digital skills on both computers and tablets via a variety of video content. These guides have the potential to be used by any library service wishing to deliver bite size computer training.

Career Skills Development Day

Our Career Skills Development Day took place on 22nd April in Robert Gordon University (RGU) and was organised jointly with the Information and Records Management Society Scotland. The event was fully booked and provided delegates with a number of engaging talks on transferable skills, CV building and using social media as well as an exchange of experience. A huge thank you to Trustee Keith Fraser at RGU for chairing this event.

Mentor Training and Professional Registration and Portfolio Building

The past week has seen a Mentor Training workshop, a mentor exchange of experience and a professional registration and portfolio building workshop all take place across Scotland with Ruth Lyle, Val Walker and Anna Herron providing engaging and informative talks for delegates. More events like this will soon be announced for later in 2016 and in to 2017.

CILIPS Professional Development Fund Awards

Our recent call for applications resulted in awards totalling £1724 to support members attend a variety of events including CILIPS Conference, a conference in the USA and the School Library Group Conference.

The next call for applications is now open and awards can be used for any event in any location between July and September. This fund is open to all members of CILIP in Scotland and can be accessed here: 

Obligatory Revalidation Survey

CILIP are currently running a survey about obligatory revalidation and are keen to hear feedback from all members. Please fill in the following form before Tuesday 31st May: 

Trustee Board and Consultative Council

Our Trustee Board met in Glasgow on 21st April. Trustees considered:

  • Quarterly financial report (Members will be pleased to learn that our financial health is good!)
  • The Annual Report and Accounts 2015;
  • The outcome of the recent consultation on changes to our Rules and Regulations;
  • Nominations for Honorary Membership;
  • The Professional Development Awards scheme;
  • Progress towards upgrading our website; and
  • Plans to develop a new Memorandum of Understanding between CILIPS and CILIP.

In a joint session with the Consultative Council, Board received a presentation on the CILIP Action Plan 2016-20 from CEO Nick Poole and CILIP UK Board Chair, Martyn Wade.

Our Consultative Council met in Glasgow on 21st April and welcomed new members, Neil Paterson, Tayside Branch and Gavin Willshaw, East Branch. The Council said farewell to Shelia Willams of AARLGScotland who is stepping down after many years service on Council. The meeting received and discussed:

  • The outcome of the consultation on changes to our Rules and Regulations;
  • CILIPS Advocacy Report for the first quarter of the year;
  • Details of Branch and Group events around the country;
  • A briefing on the plans to develop a new Memorandum of Understanding between CILIPS and CILIP; and Branch and Group reports from representatives.

Annual General Meeting

The CILIPS Annual General Meeting takes place on June 7th in Dundee. Agenda and papers will be circulated shortly. Don’t forget that if you want to raise a motion you need to notify us before the agenda is issued. See the Rules and Regulations for more information on how to do this.

Bibliotherapy Training

Lapidus Scotland are offering Bibliotherapy Training in June. Participants will learn about leading therapeutic creative reading and writing sessions for individuals and groups in various settings; full details here.

NHS Training resources

NHS Scotland, Healthy Working Lives, offer free Mentally Healthy workplace training – including a general online eLearning course suitable for everyone and another for managers on mentally healthy workplaces.

Can you help the National Library of Scotland with their election collection?

The National Library has issued a plea for help in collecting material relating to the Scottish Parliament Elections -



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

CILIP Multimedia Information and Technology Group, Scotland 13th Annual General Meeting and post-AGM presentation by Dr Martin Goodfellow, Coder in Residence at Glasgow Life, on Coding in Libraries.

Venue:The Old Glasgow Room, Mitchell Library, North St, Glasgow G3 7DN

Date/time: April 28th, 14:00- 16:00.  Registration is from 13.30.

Directions :  Getting to the Mitchell Library

Booking: This is a free event but please email to book your place.

Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits will be available) 

Note: Non-members are welcome to attend the AGM but are not eligible to vote.

Post-AGM Presentation, open to all

We are delighted to announce that Dr Martin Goodfellow, Coder in Residence at Glasgow Life, will talk about Coding in Libraries.

In an increasingly digital world, coding is becoming the fourth literacy.  It’s important that the so-called digital natives aren’t just digital consumers but also digital makers. This won’t only contribute to the future of technology but also help them in their future careers as technology is embraced in more and more areas of work. So what are libraries doing to support this? 

The MmITS committee looks forward to welcoming you on the 28th April in Glasgow.


Only Connect: The varying conceptions of information literacy across an International Middle School community

Presented by RGU iSchool Making Connections

Date: May 3rd 14:00

Venue: Room 608/609, Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee Campus, RGU

Details: This seminar offers participants the opportunity to learn about the preliminary findings from a phenomenographic study of the ways seven different stakeholder groups including students, parents, teachers, library and IT personnel, administrators and leadership understand information literacy (IL). This study uniquely places the spotlight on IL from multiple stakeholder perspectives yielding for the first time a more comprehensive understanding of IL in an international school context. The seminar also serves to provide a platform for participants to explore the implications of these findings for professional practice in the Library and Information profession, curriculum development, professional development for staff and faculty, home school collaboration around IL learning and organisational learning. The study's author Veronica Cunningham has worked in different countries in the field of international education in the library and information and curriculum development areas. She is currently based in Oslo and is undertaking this research as part of the Doctorate in Information Science Degree Programme. The research and its findings are currently in the final write up phase and are of relevance to those concerned with shaping, leading and implementing IL strategy in learning communities worldwide.

This seminar is free of charge but for planning purposes it will be helpful if you can let us know you will be attending - please email Agnieszka Kruk-Omenzetter (

Full event information


The Library as a Third Space

Date: May 10th 10:00-14:30

Venue: College Development Network, 
Argyll Court
Castle Business Park

Details: This event is aimed at FE librarians and learning resource staff and others with an input or influence on their work.

The overarching theme for this Librarians' Development Network event is ‘The Library as a third space. The event will:

  • introduce the concept of the third space
  • provide you with up-to-date key information on sector developments
  • allow you to network and share best practice with other colleagues in the sector.



Meet the President

Date: 17th May 16:30 

Venue: Brahan Lecture Theatre at Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth PH1 2NX 

Details: We are very pleased to have Theresa Breslin coming to talk to our branch and to answer questions. Along with being a critically acclaimed author, Theresa is the current CILIPS President and former librarian. She also received the Carnegie medal, the UK’s most prestigious award in children’s literature, for Whispers in the Graveyard.

Theresa will be followed by Donald MacLean (Perth College UHI), who will look at the benefits of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) and using social media for library CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

Afterwards there will be an opportunity to network over tea or coffee and a pastry or muffin. All members and friends welcome.

To book your place, please contact Tanya at:    


CILIP in Scotland Autumn Gathering

Date: October 20th 

Venue: Glasgow City Hotel

Booking and further details announced later in the year.

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