CILIP conference 2017 reflections – Victoria Treadway

This year’s CILIP conference was the best CILIP conference I’ve been to; the CILIP team seem to have really stepped up a gear.  On arrival we were invited to show support for the #factsmatter campaign by posing in the CILIP photo booth (it would have been rude to refuse).

I did two things at CILIP 2017 that I’ve never done before: 1. Join an optional breakfast session and 2. Observe a CILIP board meeting.

The breakfast session was to discuss the CILIP ethics review which aims to present a new ethics framework for the information profession.  Facilitator and CILIP Trustee, John Trevor-Allen observed that perhaps ours in the only profession where you could host an ethics breakfast the morning after the conference drinks reception and still get a good turnout; clearly this is an issue that is important to information professionals.  I was keen to attend because I felt it was important that the ethical issues in health libraries were represented.  We are all aware of the ethical principles that doctors and nurses practice under; our ethical principles as librarians (such as neutrality, equal access and inclusion) should be pivotal in engendering trust with stakeholders, protect our users and enable better judgement and decision making.  You can contribute your own thoughts by completing the Ethics Survey and the framework will be launched at CILIP conference 2018 in Brighton.

Conference delegates were invited to observe the CILIP Board meeting which took place over lunch on Day 2.  This offered a fascinating insight into the workings of the board and particularly the role of the Trustees in ensuring that CILIP acts in the best interest of its members.  It was refreshing to hear the board discussing their reflections on the conference (as it was still taking place) and digesting the emerging themes.  I left the conference with a greater understanding of the role of the CILIP board and feeling more connected with my professional body than I think I have ever done in my career so far.

Victoria Treadway
Library & Knowledge Service Lead
Wirral University Teaching Hospital
0151 604 7223 / ext. 8610

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