CILIP in Kent: We support each other!

  • Job Reference: 00000573-1
  • Date Posted: 14 January 2020
  • Recruiter: CILIP South East Region
  • Location: Kent
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Volunteer
  • Job Type: Temporary

Job Description

If you live or work in Kent and want to help out with our committee, there are plenty of roles that you can take on. Let us know what skills you have or would like to gain and we’ll help you help us! Seriously, being a member of a CILIP committee can help you to gain professional credentials and give you the skills you need to work in your ideal library position. To find out more about the committee, you can check out our blog at: https://cilipinkent.wordpress.com/

This was written by one of our past members who helped with communications and advertising:

“Over the past 5 years I have been continually impressed by the committee’s advocation of libraries and their enthusiasm for supporting professional development. Easy to work with and open to ideas, being part of the committee has provided many opportunities to suggest activities and learn transferable skills that not only benefit the CV / Chartership portfolio, but also the day-to-day too. 

Working collaboratively, we’ve held well-attended conferences, workshops and visits to a diverse range of libraries and archives across the South East. Library workers have been consistently warm and welcoming hosts / attendees. Personal highlights include exploring Stanley Kubrick’s “boxes” at UAL, encountering Archie the giant squid at the Natural History Museum and handling (with due care) Emily Davison’s annotated race card at the Women’s Library. 

The activities of the committee can really make a difference. This was made apparent when we received thanks from a public library worker following our visit to the Burnell Library at the National Autistic Society; the visit had inspired and subsequently supported the introduction of inclusive practices at their library. Fantastic! 

The role of Communication Officer is flexible, with our communication channels (GMail, Eventbrite, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress) all accessible on a desktop or mobile device. Our social media channels also offering scheduling options. We’ve connected our Facebook and Twittter account so that you only need to post once to the latter. This role has been an excellent way to keep up-to-date with developments from across the sector in academic, health, museum and special interest libraries, simply clicking to share news and updates with a receptive audience. 

If you are interested in this volunteer role, I encourage you to apply! Requires just 1-2 hours most weeks.”