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2017 CILIP Conference – Report

2017 CILIP Conference report by Clara Panozzo

I was looking for one single word to describe the CILIP Conference in Manchester at the beginning of July. One word that could put inspiring and stimulating and enlightening and encouraging together. I didn’t succeed, so I am going to use all those four words, which apply mainly to the three keynotes but also the seminars, briefings and workshops that I managed to attend (I sometimes wished I could be ubiquitous).

Carla Hayden’s speech was inspiring, stimulating, enlightening and encouraging, almost to tears (yes, a few colleagues and myself confessed this). Her call for major research libraries to engage with the wider public resonated broadly. As someone who works for such an institution, I can clearly see the need of this, particularly when talking about younger audiences, the “researchers” of the future. And I can also see that many of the initiatives now taking place in my Library (such the numerous digitisation and outreach projects) are somehow going in this direction.

Her keynote also made me think about what a great position we cataloguers are in when it comes to act as bridge between our collections and audiences. Cataloguers KNOW the stuff, cataloguers can bring out the value and knowledge of the collections out to the world. We can, and should be given the chances and tools to, promote, engage and involve. We also have the right mind-set to do this, we are used to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and think about what information might be relevant to others and then put it out there. Cataloguers could also be viewed as “value enhancers and promoters”. Part of my current position as a Special Collections Cataloguer is also about such activities, and while now I can see their importance from a broader perspective, I can say that they are also highly rewarding. Just to give an example, interacting with people on Facebook about a wonderful discovery you have just posted a picture about, is very stimulating and can lead to further enriching discussions. In the words of Carla Hayden, “this is the time”, this is the time to connect.

The “Using data and information” seminar also gave me the chance to reflect on the role of cataloguers, but this time to think about cataloguers outside libraries. Quite an unusual thought, at least for me! We heard about the importance of big amounts of data put together to make something tangible, as Caroline Carruthers put it , and the need to organise and declutter data so that information can be, simply and fundamentally, retrieved. This is something cataloguers normally do but could potentially do in other contexts as well, working with data other than from books. And although I am not planning to leave “my” lovely books at the moment, it is interesting indeed to know that cataloguers are a desirable workforce. Probably this is also somehow reassuring, considering all those rumours about our jobs being automatized in the -near?- future. Nothing further from the truth, apparently. We have sought-after skills such as logical thinking, the ability to communicate within both the “data cloud” and the real world and therefore we could become a bridge between business and designers. We supposedly also have expertise in handling lots of data. Now, I personally do not have any experience in handling “lots” of data. So after this seminar my curiosity was triggered and I am now considering what chances I could get to gain some more knowledge about handling “big data”. My library is currently undergoing a major critical change: the implementation of a new library management system. Lots and lots of data being matched, mismatched, converted and moved around. Could this be an opportunity for me to have a look at how lots of data are managed? Could I get involved in this somehow? Definitely something to explore and which I would not have considered had I not attended the conference.

Many of the other contributions at the conference gave much food for thought too. I found Luciano Floridi’s keynote particularly engaging. The flow of ideas that lead him to maintain that libraries have a “socio-political role in counterbalancing Power and its ability to control and influence people’s behaviour” were eye-opening. Indeed, libraries can and should offer the possibility to “free and effective questioning”. This is, I believe, true both for public and research libraries. And this makes me go back to Carla Hayden: librarians (and libraries!) are the original search engine, with a huge role to play in the information society.

Finally, I also attended the seminars on information literacy and engaging audiences, and two career development workshops on how to be a good communicator and the “insider’s guide to Professional Registration”. The first two I chose because they would give more insights about things I feel I don’t know enough about. The second two just because they were very useful!

As I said at the beginning, I felt the conference was inspiring, stimulating, enlightening and encouraging. But I also left Manchester with an underlying feeling of pride. I was proud to be a librarian, proud to be a cataloguer and proud to be a member of CILIP.

Clara Panozzo

Special Collections Cataloguer

(in secondment) – Rare Books

Cambridge University Library

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Bursaries for CILIP Conference 2017

CILIP Conference 2017, 5-6 July, Manchester

The CIG committee is pleased to announce that there are two bursaries on offer for our members to attend the CILIP Conference 2017. This year’s event promises to be great so get those applications in!

We are also pleased to announce that there will be a CIG stand at this year’s conference so do drop by and say hello to our committee representatives. They are looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about our group.

Why you should attend

“This is an amazing opportunity to connect with library professionals around the globe, to generate ideas and build relationships. When librarians get together, something great happens.”
Dr Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress and CILIP Conference 2017 keynote speaker

The CILIP Conference brings together 600 library and information professionals for two days of knowledge sharing, discussion, debate and networking opportunities. The conference aims to leave you feeling inspired and passionate about the work that we do as a profession.

This year’s programme focuses on the key areas impacting our profession; from technology to policy, and social justice to learning. These sessions will sit alongside a dedicated strand focusing on “Your Career” which will offer help, advance and the tools you need for all stages of your career, and a brand new strand – the “Creative Hub” – working with Manchester Library Services.

To keep up to date on conference developments, follow @CILIPConf17 and #CILIPConf17 and visit the conference website, cilipconference.org.uk.

Bursary options

CILIP bursary

CILIP is pleased to offer CIG members a bursary place for this event. The bursary includes access to both days of the conference, lunch, refreshments and all sessions. It also includes a ticket to the evening reception at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and one nights’ accommodation at Motel One, both on Wednesday 5 July 2017. In addition, CIG will cover travel costs for up to £100.

CIG sponsored place

CIG is pleased to offer a sponsored place for this event. The sponsorship covers the registration fee, one night’s accommodation at Motel One and travel costs for up to £100. The registration fee includes access to both days of the conference, lunch, refreshments and all sessions. It also includes a ticket to the evening reception at MOSI.

How to apply

Applicants must be CIG members (though CILIP membership is not required), and the application (ca. 200 words) should demonstrate why they would like to attend, how they would use their attendance to highlight or promote CIG’s area of interest, and if/why they would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship. We would like the sponsored delegate to write a report/summary to be publicised on the CIG blog and/or journal.

Please submit your application to the Honorary Secretary Emily Bogie, e.berrisford@sheffield.ac.uk by 11 April 2017.

Applicants will be notified whether they have been successful by 18 April 2017.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch, cigcommittee@gmail.com.

For further information see: https://www.cilip.org.uk/cataloguing-indexing-group/news/bursaries-cilip-conference-2017

Diversity & Equality in CIG – Final Call

Please complete the following survey to help us identify and remove any barriers to your participation in CIG’s activities and network. The survey will also provide valuable demographic data about our membership. They survey is open to all CIG members. Your responses are anonymous and the data will only be used in the context of the CILIP Leadership Programme’s Diversity and Equality Group Project.

The survey can be found here.

Bursaries for CILIP conference 2015 – “Connect. Debate. Innovate”

CIG is pleased to offer two sponsored places (one funded by CILIP and one funded by CIG) to this year’s CILIP Conference, held on 2-3 July 2015 in Liverpool. The conference will feature high profile speakers and cover a diverse programme around the four main themes:  Information management, Information literacy and digital inclusion, Demonstrating value, and Digital futures and technology. 

The bursaries include the delegate fee for both conference days, accommodation at Z Hotels on Thursday 2 July, attendance to the drinks reception at The Museum of Liverpool (also on Thursday 2 July), and travel expenses of up to £50.

Applicants must be CIG members (please note that CILIP membership is required for one place). We would like the sponsored delegates to attend at least one session related to cataloguing, classification, metadata etc., and write a report/summary to be publicised on our blog and/or journal.  Your application should demonstrate why you would like to attend, how you would use your attendance to highlight or promote CIG and why you would not be able to attend without CIG sponsorship.

Please send your application to Helen.Doyle@nortonrosefulbright.com by 17th April 2015. Applications will be judged by members of the CIG committee and candidates notified by 15 May 2015

CILIP and ARA Workforce Mapping Survey

CILIP and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) are conducting a survey to map the UK’s libraries, archives, records, information and knowledge sectors. The results of this research will help with advocacy, targeting governments and employers , developing relevant and robust policies and developing better and targeted services.

We would encourage all of our members to fill out this survey so that we can make sure cataloguers and indexers are represented in the findings. It should take no more than fifteen minutes to complete and there is a chance to win £200 worth of vouchers of your own choice.

The survey can be found here: http://bit.ly/workforcemap

 

 

CILIP Conference 2015 – Call for Papers

CILIP have issued a call for papers for their 2015 conference (the full text of which can be found below).

CIG would like to take this opportunity to encourage our members to consider submitting a paper. Cataloguing, indexing and metadata could fit comfortably in any of the four main themes of the conference so there is plenty of scope. We look forward to seeing what you can come up with!

Call for papers now open

Following on from the success of CILIP’s Umbrella Conference 2013 in Manchester, we are pleased to announce that the call for papers for the CILIP Conference 2015 is now open. The conference will take place on 2-3 July 2015 at St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

The 2015 conference will seek to inspire our audience, share knowledge, raise debate and provide networking opportunities. It will cover a broad range of issues from across the library, information and knowledge professions. The conference will build on the successful strategy behind CILIP Umbrella 2013, one of eight conferences shortlisted for Best Association Conference of the Year 2013.

Proposals for presentation are invited from within and outside of the profession on the four main themes for this year’s conference:

  • Information Management: building success
  • Information literacy and digital inclusion
  • Demonstrating value: what’s your impact?
  • Digital futures and technology

The closing date for entries is Monday 5 January 2015. Details about the conference and the themes can be found on the conference website http://www.cilip.org.uk/conference2015

CILIP Blogger Challenge

Want a chance to have your say on important issues in the information profession?

As we have many bloggers (or would be bloggers) amongst our members we would like to draw your attention to the CILIP Blogger Challenge. This is a chance to offer your perspective on a library/information relevant issue. We’re sure that there is lots of scope for interesting discussion in the cataloguing and indexing world so we encourage you to enter.

Full details can be found here.

Good luck!