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The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, since 2017
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ed CILIP: The library and information association (pronounced ), is a
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for
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librarian
s,
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s and
knowledge managers
knowledge managers
in the
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United Kingdom
. It was established in 2002 as a merger of the Library Association (LA, sometimes LAUK) and the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS). CILIP in Scotland (CILIPS) is an independent organisation which operates in
Scotland Scotland ( sco, Scotland, gd, Alba Alba (Scottish Gaelic Scottish Gaelic ( gd, Gàidhlig or Scots Gaelic, sometimes referred to simply as Gaelic) is a Goidelic language (in the Celtic languages, Celtic branch of the Indo-European ...

Scotland
in affiliation with CILIP and delivers services via a
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. CILIP's 2020 goal is to "put information and library skills and professional values at the heart of a democratic, equal and prosperous society".


History

CILIP was formed in 2002 by the merger of the Library Association (abbreviated as LA or sometimes LAUK) – founded in 1877 as a result of the first International Conference of Librarians and awarded a
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Royal Charter
in 1898 – and the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS), founded on 23 January 1958. The first President of the Library Association had been
John Winter Jones John Winter Jones (16 June 1805 – 7 September 1881) was an English librarian. He was Principal Librarian of the British Museum, Principal Librarian of the British Museum between 1866 and 1873. He was the first President of the Library Associ ...

John Winter Jones
and other notable Presidents had included Richard Garnett (1893),
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(1910), W. C. Berwick Sayers (1938),
Lionel McColvin Lionel Roy McColvin (1896–1976), commonly referred to as Lionel McColvin, was a British librarian. He has been described as "the dominant figure in British Public library, public librarianship" in the mid-20th century and a "world leader" in t ...
(1952) and
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(1976). The jubilee (50th year) of the Association was celebrated in 1927. Library associations from fourteen European countries and the United States signed a resolution at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Library Association of the United Kingdom held in Edinburgh which brought the
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into existence. The Library Association offered professional recognition at the level of Associate of the Library Association (ALA), the basic professional qualification, and Fellow of the Library Association (FLA), awarded for a higher level of professional achievement. Membership of the CILIP on unification in 2002 was estimated at around 23,000.
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was the first President of CILIP, succeeded in 2003 by Margaret Watson.


Description

CILIP has its headquarters at number 7
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, London, in the building purpose-built in 1965 as the headquarters of the Library Association. CILIP is a
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.


Activities

CILIP launched a monthly journal, ''Information Professional'' in 2017, providing news, interviews, and analysis. This publication succeeded ''Library & Information Update'' which was published from 2002 to 2017 and the ''Library Association Record'' published from 1899 to 2002. CILIP publications also include Lisjobnet (a recruitment website), and Facet Publishing (professional books). CILIP hosts an annual conference for members and non-members. Past keynote speakers include Dr
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Carla Hayden
(Librarian of Congress in the US), Professor
Luciano Floridi Luciano Floridi (; born 16 November 1964) is currently Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, at the University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, Professorial Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford ...

Luciano Floridi
and Sir
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. CILIP works to raise the profile of the work of librarians and information professionals through campaigns, public affairs activity, and awards and medals, as well as promoting best practice. Campaigns have included My Library By Right (publicising local government's statutory obligation to provide library services), Facts Matter (championing the value of quality information during the 2017 UK General Election), and the annual Libraries Week campaign and Libraries Change Lives Award. CILIP awards the Carnegie and
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s for
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. CILIP works in partnership to award the Amnesty CILIP Honour, a special commendation which is part of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. Special interest groups also make their own awards, such as the
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and
Tony Kent Strix AwardThe UKeiG Strix award is an annual award for outstanding contributions to the field of information retrieval and is presented in memory of Dr Tony Kent, a past Fellow of the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS), who died in 1997. Tony Kent made ...
of UKeiG. There are over 20 special interest groups for members working with, for instance,
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rare books
and prison libraries and a similar number of 'organisations in liaison' with CILIP, such as Information for Social Change, th
National Acquisitions Group
and the
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. CILIP, in its previous incarnation as the Library Association, was a founder member of the
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(IFLA) in 1927. Some specialist groups organise conferences such as the annual LILAC (Librarians' Information Literacy Conference), held since 2005 by the CILIP's Information Literacy Group.


Professional development

CILIP accredits degree courses in
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at
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, as well as a number of overseas programmes in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Oman, Thailand and Qatar. There are three levels of professional registration with corresponding
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: * Certified Affiliate (ACLIP), suitable for
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s without an accredited qualificationWatson, Margaret; ‘Professional qualifications: a CILIP perspective’ in ''AIDAinformazioni''; Vol. 23, no. 4, (2005), pp. 25-26 * Chartered Member (MCLIP) * Chartered Fellow (FCLIP) Honorary Fellowship (HonFCLIP), akin to an
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, is granted to a small number of people who have rendered distinguished service to the profession. CILIP provides opportunities for
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and a self-assessment tool, the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base. Registered members may revalidate their registration annually. Membership of CILIP is not compulsory for practice.


Membership

The following information on CILIP membership is taken from CILIP Council reports with the exceptions of the estimates for 2002, 2003 and 2005. Membership numbers for 2004 and 2006 are not available. The method of calculation was changed in 2018 to count 'Life Members' as a separate category in published membership statistics and hence these figures do not represent a continuous series. As at January 2019 there were approximately 1,000 'Life Members' of CILIP.


CILIP in Scotland

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIP in Scotland, or CILIPS) is a
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affiliated to CILIP. All CILIP members working or living in Scotland are automatically members of CILIPS. Policy, finances, operational matters and advocacy are devolved to CILIPS Trustee Board and staff and CILIP services are delivered via a
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. CILIPS works with the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC), the advisory body for the
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on library and information matters. CILIP in Scotland was originally established as the Scottish Library Association in 1908 and affiliated with the Library Association in 1931. When CILIP was established in 2002, the Scottish Library Association voted to change its name to CILIPS. CILIPS published a professional journal, ''Information Scotland'' (), between 2003 and 2009, which subsequently became a newsletter.


References


Further reading

* Munford, W. A. ''A History of The Library Association, 1877-1977'' (London: The Library Association, 1976)


External links

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