11/05/2015 - Insight Media exhibit at CILIPS Annual Conference in Scotland, June 2015

Well it’s that time of year again and the conference will be held on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd June 2015, Apex Hotel, Dundee.

The main theme for the two day event is Advocating Libraries: Innovate and Thrive? Programme

Day One

Opening Keynote - 10.30am

Dr. John Scally, National Librarian and Chief Executive, National Library of Scotland (NLS)
Last September the NLS appointed Dr John Scally as National Librarian and we’re delighted that he will deliver the opening  keynote with a presentation outlining a  vision for the future strategy of the NLS and its place in  Scotland’s national library network.  Underpinning that vision is a strong  emphasis on the important role of our professional skills in releasing the potential of data held in Scotland’s collections. Come along and be inspired by a presentation which promises to educate, entertain and inspire.

Gerald Leitner, Secretary General, Austrian Library Association, and former President of EBLIDA Libraries guarantee free access to content, information, and culture for all European citizens. However, in the digital environment, the current legal framework prevents libraries from fulfilling these essential services to our society, especially regarding  the provision of e-books and digital content. The former President of EBLIDA discusses the ‘Right to E-Read’ campaign in the context of the future of libraries.

Other speakers and sessions

The future of our profession - a debate
With service cutbacks and closures affecting all sectors of our membership there’s never been a more important time to focus on the future of our profession. CILIPS has organised a debate featuring a panel of practitioners and academics to discuss what the future holds for our profession. Come along and share your views.
After the fire: looking to the future of Glasgow School of Art Library
Last May the Mackintosh Library at Glasgow School of Art was devastated by a fire which destroyed the iconic library and its precious collections.  Alison Stevenson, Head of Libraries, Archives and Collections, presents an update on how the library is recovering from this tragic event, explaining how cataloguing proved to be the key in replacing lost volumes and how GSA has used the disaster  to review collection strategies and rebuild the space in a highly strategic and targeted way.

A joint approach - A shared LMS for Welsh Public Libraries 
Following a decision by the Welsh HE sector to implement a single library management system (LMS), public libraries in Wales decided to tender for a single LMS too. Dylan Hughes, Libraries Officer at Wrexham County Borough Council, shares an update on  progress towards a countrywide single library management system for the public library sector in Wales.

Riding the tiger by the tail: lessons learnt from running Public Libraries News
Ian Anstice shows incredible commitment to keep the Public Libraries News website www.publiclibrariesnews.com constantly up to date with developments and changes in the service. He now deals with regular media enquiries and provides information and support to many working in the field. In this session Ian shares his experience of being a true advocate for libraries
The Learning Lab: unleashing creativity, imagination and learning in Dundee and Angus College
Abi Mawhirt, is a librarian working in organisational development.  Her seminar will explore with delegates a SLIC funded project to develop an innovating ‘learning lab’ in an FE college aimed at empowering users to create and experiment with technology.
Harnessing CPD: how to make the most of activities and why revalidate?
Luke Stevens-Burt, Head of Member Services at CILIP,  gives an overview on some of the finer aspects of CPD and introduces a new model to change how you approach  different opportunities to engage with professional learning. Luke will also describe the links between CPD, revalidation and why CILIP is proposing to move toward an obligatory scheme from 2016.

Tuesday 2nd June

The New Library Professionals Network (NLPN)
The NLPN is a network for new and early career professionals based in the North of England and grew out of a CILIP New Professionals Day in 2012. Two of the founders of the network, Amy Finnegan and Helen Monagle, will be inviting delegates to consider what it means to be a new professional, discussing how and why they set up the network and inviting others to consider doing something similar.

What we talk about when we talk about reading
Phillipa Cochrane, Head of Reader Development at the Scottish Book Trust (SBT), reflects on Book Week Scotland, the national week long celebration of books and reading, end explores some of the strategies used by SBT in their work with libraries.

Bring your own heritage
Dr Lizzy Tait will introduce delegates to the ‘Bring Your Own Heritage’ project being led by Robert Gordon University in partnership with Moray Council. Its aim is to investigate how libraries can harness new technology to enhance community heritage projects. The project, funded through RCUK Digital Economy network, is investigating different ways libraries can utilise technologies to capture, create and engage users with local knowledge about significant historic sites.

Library Camp CILIPS15
Session leader Anabel Marsh has organised two very successful library camps in Glasgow but what are ‘library camps’? How do they work? Find out about their background and history with particular reference to Library Camp Glasgow - and try out a taster yourself.

Spotlight on a special service: Prison Libraries
The prison library sector is one of the most challenging environments in which our members work. Although every prison in Scotland is obliged to provide a library service, the interpretation of that obligation can vary widely.  The community profile of a prison population is very challenging too – one quarter have below functional levels of literacy, over 30% have problems with numeracy.  Drugs and alcohol will have played a significant role in the lives of many as will mental health problems. In this seminar Jim King, Head of Offender Learning at the Scottish Prison Service, discusses partnership work with SLIC and other strategic agencies to develop the educational role of libraries and ensure they are equipped to support reader development, basic skills support and legal advice.

The Digital Preservation Coalition - William Kilbride
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation, enabling it's members to deliver resilient long-term access to content and services, and helping them derive enduring value from digital collections. Dr William Kilbride,  Executive Director at DPC, offers an overview of the important work of the Coalition in securing access to our digital memory.

 We always look forward to this event and the CILIPS conferences always provide a great opportunity for us to meet new people and talk to our existing customers and business associates in the library world.  

It provides a platform to discuss and demonstrate the latest versions of our iCAM products and services together with sharing our business strategies for the future.

This year there is a strong focus on consortia and collaborative working and how the models for sharing services can offer economies of scale and maximum service efficiencies.

We look forward to participating, so if you are attending then please come and say "hello!"

If you would like to book a session with one of the team, or there is something particular you would like to have a demonstration of or discuss then please email Neil Johnson or Tony Wilson