Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
|CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals|
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers in the United Kingdom. CILIP’s vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge. CILIP has approximately 15,000 members (May, 2012).
It 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 Royal Charter in 1898 – and the Institute of Information Scientists, founded in 1958. Membership is not compulsory for practice, but members can work towards Chartered Membership which entitles them to the postnominal letters MCLIP, and subsequently toward Fellowship (FCLIP) [sic]. Affiliated members can also obtain ACLIP upon completing certification. Honorary Fellowship (HonFCLIP or FCLIP(hc)), a qualification akin to an honorary degree, is granted to a small number of people who have rendered distinguished service to the profession.
CILIP accredits degree programmes in library and information science at universities in the UK, including Aberystwyth University, City University, London, Loughborough University, the Manchester Metropolitan University, the Robert Gordon University, the University of Sheffield and University College London.
CILIP publishes a monthly magazine, , including listings of job vacancies. CILIP Update contains news, comment and features from the library and information sectors. Lisjobnet is the magazine’s recruitment website, providing the latest online library and information jobs. CILIP also runs a publishing imprint, Facet Publishing. There are several local branches across the United Kingdom, 25 special interest groups and over 20 organisations in liaison including such bodies as the African Caribbean Library Association, the Librarians' Christian Fellowship and the Society of Indexers.
CILIP hosts a conference every two years called "Umbrella" (containing 'LA' the acronym of the Library Association). Umbrella 2009 and Umbrella 2011 (July 12–13) were held at the University of Hatfield and Umbrella 2013 (July 2 to 3) at the University of Manchester. The title is abbreviated from "Under One UmbrelLA" a Library Association event held every two years.
Selected special interest groups
- Academic & Research Libraries Group (ARLG) (formed by the merger of Colleges of Further and Higher Education Group and University College and Research Group)
- Aerospace & Defence Librarians Group (ADLG)
- Career Development Group (CDG)
- Cataloguing & Indexing Group (CIG)
- Commercial, Legal and Scientific Information Group (CLSIG)
- Community, Diversity and Equality Group (CDEG) (formed by the merger of Community Services Group and Diversity Group in 2012)
- Government Information Group (GIG)
- Health Libraries Group (HLG) (issues Health Libraries Group Newsletter ISSN 0266-853X; Health Information and Libraries Journal ISSN 1471-1834)
- Information Literacy Group (ILG) (issues "Journal of Information Literacy" ISSN 1750-5968)
- Information Services Group (ISG) (publishes Refer, ISSN 0144-2384)
- The group makes the following awards: Walford Award (from 1991, commemorating A. J. Walford); Besterman McColvin Reference Awards which replaced the separate awards of the Besterman Medal (1970–98, commemorating Theodore Besterman) and the McColvin Award (1970–98, commemorating Lionel McColvin) from 2000
- International Library and Information Group (ILIG)
- Library and Information History (LIHG)
- Library and Information Research Group (LIRG)
- Local Studies Group (LSG)
- Multimedia and Information Technology Group (MmIT)
- Patent & Trademark Group (PATMG)
- Personnel, Training and Education Group
- Prison Libraries Group (PrLG)
- Publicity and Public Relations Group (PPRG)
- Public and Mobile Libraries Group (PMLG) (formed by the merger of the Branch and Mobile Libraries Group and the Public Libraries Group)
- Rare Books and Special Collections Group (RBSCG) (issued The Library Association Rare Books Group Newsletter ISSN 0307-5826, afterwards Rare Books Newsletter ISSN 0959-1656; now electronically published)
- Retired Members Guild (RMG)
- School Libraries Group (SLG)
- UK einformation Group (UKeiG)
- Youth Libraries Group (YLG)
Role in LIS education
CILIP’s policy is to improve all aspects of professional practice through its work in education, maintaining a framework of universally recognised qualifications and providing a wide range of opportunities for CPD. In 2002 CILIP undertook a review of its qualifications framework. The new Framework of Qualifications was launched in April 2005. It is designed to be flexible and adaptable, as the areas will evolve and develop over time to accommodate changing needs. It is appropriate to library and information professionals across the sector as a whole. As such it has a degree of overlap with the knowledge base of other professions.
The framework consists of four levels – certification, chartership, revalidation and fellowship. Certification provides recognition from the association for library and information work by para-professionals. Those who gain admittance to the Register of Certified Members are entitled to work towards Chartered Membership. There are two categories of applicant for Chartership: firstly para-professionals with over five years' experience; secondly those who have some evidence of training and have been working for two years.
Chartership is CILIP's standard for information professionals. Chartered members are entitled to use post nominal letters and describe themselves as qualified library and information professionals. All candidates for Chartership must work with a Mentor and demonstrate through their portfolio that they meet the required criteria. Chartership is not an academic qualification but a recognition of the highest standards of professional practice. The individual makes a commitment to continued professional development. Normally applicants will have completed a degree in LIS and have been working for at least one year.
- Munford, W.A. A history of the Library Association, 1877-1977, p. 3. London: Library Association, 1977.
- Munford, p. 56.
- "Making Connections: Umbrella 2009". Retrieved 2011-07-11.
- "Umbrella 2011 Conference & Exhibition". CILIP. Retrieved 2011-07-11.
- "Health Libraries Group Newsletter; vol. 14, no. 3, September 1997". Library Association. Retrieved 2011-07-12. "the annual conference ... took place within (or under) the Library Association 'Under One UmbrelLA 4 Conference' at UMIST in Manchester"
- "Information Services; reference awards archive". CILIP. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
- Watson, Margaret; ‘Professional qualifications: a CILIP perspective’ in AIDAinformazioni; Vol. 23 No. 4, (2005), p.25
- Chapman, Margaret; ‘CILIP qualifications and you’; in Legal Information Management, 6 (2006), pp.264-5
- Watson, Margaret; ‘Professional qualifications: a CILIP perspective’ in AIDAinformazioni; Vol. 23 No. 4, (2005), p.26
- Chapman, Margaret; ‘CILIP qualifications and you’; in Legal Information Management, 6 (2006), p.265