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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

CIG Conference 2016 – Feedback

The CIG Conference is over for another year. Although we had a great time and hope you did too we are always keen to hear how we could make the experience even better.
If you attended CIG 2016 – Innovation and Discovery – let us know what you thought by taking a quick survey here.
We are also interested in hearing from you if you didn’t attend. Please complete the survey here.

#CIG16 After Dinner Speaker

At this year’s CIG conference in Swansea we will be very pleased to welcome artist Sam Winston as our after dinner speaker on Thursday 1st September.  Sam will be talking about his collaborative picture-book with Oliver Jeffers called A Child of Books, coming out September 2016. The book is an ode to storytelling and imagination, featuring landscapes crafted out of excerpts taken from over 40 works of classic children’s literature. Sam’s typographic settings paired with Oliver’s character illustrations tell the story of two children’s adventures into the world of stories.

For those of you who are new to Sam’s work, this extract from his website http://www.samwinston.com/ will perhaps illustrate how his art should be of interest to those of us who work with metadata and text:

Sam Winston’s practise is concerned with language both as a carrier of messages but also as a form in and of itself. Initially known for his typography and artist books, he employs a variety of different approaches including drawing, data mapping and poetry.

A continuing theme is his exploration of the hidden narratives found in canonical bodies of text. Works such as Darwin’s Origin of the Species or classic nineteenth century children’s literature are often subject to data mining and cut and paste techniques to playfully reveal meta narratives and visual assumptions.

Sam’s new book A Child of Books is being published on 1st September, the date of our conference, so we are lucky to have this exclusive opportunity to hear him talk on publication day.

Sam can be found on Twitter and Instagram:  @samwinston_

 

Library Carpentry at the CIG Conference: 1 Week to Book!

The keynote speaker at the CIG Conference 2016 will be Dr James Baker, Lecturer in Digital History and Archives at the School of History, Art History and Philosophy and at the Sussex Humanities Lab.

James is a historian of long eighteenth century Britain and a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow. He holds degrees from the University of Southampton and latterly the University of Kent, where in 2010 he completed his doctoral research on the late-Georgian satirical artist-engraver Isaac Cruikshank.

As an eighteenth centuryist, his research interests include satirical art, the making and selling of printed objects, urban protest, and corpus analysis. His near historical interests include the curation of personal digital archives, the critical examination of forensic software and captures, the use of born-digital archives in historical research, and scribing and archiving in the age of the hard disk.

Prior to joning Sussex, James has held positions of Digital Curator at the British Library and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies of British Art. He is a convenor of the Institute of Historical Research Digital History seminar and a member of the History Lab Plus Advisory Board.

We very much hope you will be able to join us in Swansea to hear James’ keynote on Library Carpentry, whether as a day delegate or while attending the full conference. The early bird offer has now closed but bookings remain open until 17th August 2016.

To see the full programme for the conference and to book online visit the conference web page here.