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ARLG Conference bursary offer

ARLG North West is offering a sponsored place at #ARLG16 for librarians living or working in the North West. The sponsored place will include full conference fees. The successful candidate will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.

To be eligible you must be a personal member of CILIP or ARLG, and be currently living, working or studying in the North West in an FE, HE or research library.

To apply please email Annette Ramsden aramsden@uclan.ac.uk  with approximately 200 words explaining which session you are especially interested in and how it will impact on your professional development. Additionally how you plan to share your experience with others, including the ARLG North West community.

The successful applicant will be asked to write a short report on the conference for ARLG NW which will be published on our website. Please also include your CILIP membership number, your job title and the name of your institution (if employed). First time attendees or students will be given priority but please do not let this put you off applying as we do not always get any first time applicants.

Applications must be received by midday on 21st March 2016 and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by COP Wednesday 30th March 2016.

 

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CILIP Conference 2015 – Part 1

ARLG NW offered a bursary to attend CILIP Conference 2015, held in Liverpool. Michelle Bond, Faculty Librarian at Liverpool Hope University, was the winner of our bursary. Her report on the conference appears in 2 parts, today and Friday.

Sometimes it’s nice to travel to conferences; I’ve been to a few both in the UK and overseas. For a change though, it was nice to have a major conference on my doorstep, meaning I could stay at home and take the bus to work. Thus on the morning of Thursday 2nd July I rocked up to the gorgeous St George’s Hall, fresh and ready to engage with CILIP Conference 2015.

Rather than writing a chronological account of the conference, in this post I’ll write about a couple of my conference highlights – in the next I’ll write about a couple of really useful sessions I attended. You can view all of the conference presentations at the CILIP Conference website.

The Keynotes

Quite simply, the keynotes were fabulous and my number 1 highlight of the conference. From R. David Lankes to Erwin James, each speaker was thought-provoking and explored issues at the heart of what it means to work in our profession. One thing that really shone through all the talks, however, was the reminder that our work is all about people. Cory Doctorow reminded us that the Internet improves every outcome we value, from literacy to voting turnout; Stuart Hamilton talked about library involvement in sustainable development; Erwin James reminded us of the power of a book. Libraries serve people and make their lives better. Librarians serve people and, in the words of R. David Lankes, are “change agents”. For me this was most apparent in the presentation about the Ideas Box from Bibliothèques Sans Frontières.

Barbara from Bibliothèques Sans Frontières told us that a refugee spends approximately 17 years in a refugee camp; humanitarian organisations provide the basics like water and tents but not the things that make us human – like culture. The Ideas Box can be deployed anywhere – it doesn’t need electricity or internet. It has a strong focus on creativity and aims to create space for a vibrant community. The challenge for Ideas Box is the quality of content – they need help from librarians all around the world to curate the content of the Box and ensure it’s locally relevant. It was another great reminder that libraries, in whatever form they appear, make a huge difference to their communities.

R. David Lankes gave us all an action plan

R. David Lankes gave us all an action plan

The Exhibition

One of the many things I’ve learned from SLA (and specifically the awesome Library Sherpa) is that vendors are not our enemies! They really are people too (honest). So I made sure to spend some quality time getting my sticker sheet filled and having a chat with all the exhibitors. From saying hello to companies my university already do business with to finding out about exciting new developments (SeeSearch was one that particularly interested me) to picking up a stash of my favourite pens from Cambridge University Press, the exhibition hall was well worth the time spent.

It was well worth chatting to the exhibitors...not just for the freebies!

It was well worth chatting to the exhibitors…not just for the freebies!

Networking

The conference was really fantastic for networking – I got to catch up with some familiar faces and meet some new people too. My one small gripe about the conference was that it was so packed that sometimes catch-ups were too brief as I had to rush off to another session, but the sessions were also good so I can’t complain really! The reception at the Museum of Liverpool was fantastic, with delicious food, free drinks and the opportunity to explore the museum. I also got roundly beaten at giant Connect 4 by my colleagues!
As you can tell, my impression of CILIP Conference was very favourable! In my post on Friday I’ll discuss in more depth a couple of particularly valuable sessions I attended.

CILIP Conference – Sponsorship opportunity

CILIP ARLG North West is happy to announce it will sponsor one place for this year’s Conference.

The sponsorship will cover the full conference delegate rate only; please note that travel and accommodation is not included.

Priority will be given to the following:

• members of CILIP ARLG North West

• applicants who have never previously attended a conference where funding has been

available

• those working towards a CILIP qualification

If you are interested, the application details are as follows.

Please send a letter of application stating:

• how attendance at the Conference may enhance your CPD skills

• which parts of the programme you plan to attend

• which (if any) of the criteria you meet

to Jacqueline Ponka (jpo@holycross.ac.uk) by Friday 22nd May 2015.

We would expect the successful applicant to complete a report on their conference experience for

the NW group, within a month of attendance. This report will be published on the ARLG NW Blog.

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