The CILIP South East Network is looking for new volunteers. We are a unique network with one central committee and 5 subcommittees that serve the communities of Surrey, Thames Valley, Kent, Sussex, and Hants & Isle of White. Each of our subcommittees are looking for volunteers. Read below to learn a bit about what our sub-regions do. For more information or to volunteer, please email: Chair.SE@cilip.org.uk
CILIP in Surrey: We need volunteers to restart the committee!
CILIP in Surry has recently folded due to lack of members. This is a shame, as this means that informational professionals in Surrey are losing out on committee support.
Over the years the committee members of Cilip in Surrey (previously Surrey Library and Information Group) have been involved in running many successful events ranging from visits to the historic Libraries of both Houses of Parliament to the ultra modern way of working in the new WWF HQ, and summer outings to, amongst others, Wisley, Chawton and Strawberry Hill House.
A wide variety of CPD events have been run by the committee including introductions to Professional Registration, Social Media, Maker Spaces, e-book publishing and How to write a successful bid. CPD events really do help and encourage members in seeking professional qualifications.
We have also run Christmas quizzes which were always well attended..
Being on the committee gives people an opportunity to meet and work with library staff in other sectors and over the years we have benefitted from visiting the libraries of our committee members, including local colleges and the Surrey History Centre. For example, one of our committee members found it a great way to learn about other sectors as she worked for Ministry of Defence and felt in a narrow functional specialism.
It is always a valuable experience to work with other professionals and this is particularly true for those who are doing professional registration.
Surrey is rich in different types of libraries, and has good links to London and the rest of the Home Counties.
Join CILIP HIOW: Small but mighty!
Do you live or work in the Hants & IoW region?
We are looking to revitalise CILIP's support for members in the region. We hope to cover mentoring needs for members and provide opportunities for workshops, presentations and visits, which will encourage cross-sector inter-action and broaden member’s views of the profession, allowing opportunities to investigate a wide variety of library activities. The aim is to create a small group to explore possibilities and offer a collaborative programme of 5-6 events across a year.
This is an opportunity to create an informal regional group, which will be able to bid for funds from the SE region but may also take the opportunity to arrange low cost/no cost visits to interesting library providers and provide support for professional qualifications as well as giving members a chance to enhance their own professional skills in areas around promotions, wider sector knowledge and management skills.
Sarah Weston, Linda Jones
University of Portsmouth Library
CILIP in Kent: We support each other!
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.”
CILIP in Sussex: needs a new Chair!
Sussex is a currently a small and informal committee. Audrey Marshall, the former Chair, says that being a part of this committee has provided her with the same advantages as being part of a larger, CILIP regional network, but with the addition of close cross-sectoral co-operation; increasing knowledge of other local lis services and the opportunities for professional networking on a local scale. Plus they do enjoy themselves!
CILIP in Thames Valley, new members welcome!
CILIP in Thames Valley is a lively group, mostly based in Oxfordshire. Check out their blog to see what they’ve been up to: http://ciliptv.blogspot.com/2019/