#citylis Partners with CILIP to host Employers’ Engagement Forum

Library & Information Employer Engagement Forum


Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 12.30 – 18.00

Northampton Suite, at City, University of London

Registration: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/information-library-employer-engagement-forum-tickets-27665273578

Hashtag: #citylis

Organisers: Lyn Robinson & Jo Cornish


How can we work together to provide whole career support to create the workforce employers need?

On Wednesday November 2nd, City’s Department of Library & Information Science, #citylis, will host a networking event with CILIP, at which we will attempt to answer the question of how to provide coherent, whole career support for library and information science professionals, to create the workforce needed for the future.

The Forum will bring together leaders, employers and heads of service from across all sectors, for what is hoped to be a lively and constructive conversation between employers, learning providers and CILIP, as the professional body for information and library workers.

This free, informal event will feature a mix of panel discussion, presentations, workshop activities and group feedback. The afternoon will focus on:

A) What skills are currently missing from or are in need of further development for the information and library workforce of the future?

B) What is the role of each of the following 4 approaches in developing the future information and library workforce?


– Academic qualifications

– Professional qualifications

– Vocational qualifications

How could each approach particularly address any of the missing skills you identified?


Welcome and Introduction

Professor Roger Crouch, Dean of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, at City, University of London.

Developing the relevant education for the workforce of the future

Simon Berney-Edwards, Director of Professional Services (CILIP)

Route to 2030: what skills and abilities must we equip our workforce with to meet the needs of a rapidly changing profession?

Panel discussion led by Dr Lyn Robinson, Head of Library & Information Science at City, University of London

Panel Members:

– Public: Carol Boswarthack – SCL

– HE: Liz Kerr – SCONUL

– Government: Stephen Latham – Head of GKIM Profession

– Commercial: Stephen Phillips – Morgan Stanley

– Professional Body: Nick Poole – CILIP

– Health: David Stewart – NHS

Workshop – Mapping a whole skills approach to workforce development

Presentation of Workshop Findings and Summary


Free refreshments

After forum drinks from 17.00-18.00


Further information: http://cilip.org.uk/events/leading-future-workforce-development

This event is sponsored by: Demco Interiors, CILIP, #citylis and City, University of London.


If you would like to study library or information science with #citylis, please see our webpages: http://city.ac.uk/lis



About lyn

Dr Lyn Robinson is Reader in Library & Information Science, and Head of Department at City, University of London. She established and directs the Library School, and co-directs the Centre for Information Science alongside Prof David Bawden. Contact: lyn@city.ac.uk
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