Monday, 6 February 2012

Newsletter Archive: February 2012

News from CILIP London Branch - February 2012


In this month’s newsletter we look ahead to upcoming events, reflect on our last Sekforde meeting, profile some CILIP in London committee members and offer a few thoughts on CPD.



There's still time to book for CILIP in London and ILIG joint AGM on 8th Febuary 2012. We are pleased to announce that after the AGMs CILIP President Phil Bradley will be speaking about going 'Around the World on a Library Degree'. Wine and nibbles will be provided.

This free event will run from 17:45 till 19:45 at CILIP HQ on Ridgmount Street and is open to all CILIP members - but only members of the London Branch and ILIG may participate in their respective AGMs.

To register for this event, please use the online booking form:

Questions to be raised at the AGMs, comments and queries can be directed to:


17.45 Wine and nibbles
18.00 CILIP in London AGM
18.10 ILIG AGM
18.20 Speaker: Phil Bradley, CILIP President - followed by questions
19.20 More wine and nibbles
19.45 Finish and vacate the building

AGM documents can be found on the respective group websites.

If you can't make it or want to listen-again to Phil's talk, thanks to Richard Hawkins, we will be recording the event. A podcast of the evening will be available from the CILIP website shortly afterwards.


New venue for Sekforde Arms meetings

As mentioned at our January Sekforde event, we have decided to relocate these meetings and hold them on different days of the week, which will hopefully make it easier for more people to come along.

Due to the AGM in February, our next meeting will be on Wednesday 14th March at our brand new north London venue, The Square, 26 Tolmers Square, London, NW1 2PE. The Square is a traditional pub, conveniently situated close to Euston Square and Warren Street underground stations.

Meetings will continue to follow the same informal format- a talk by a leading professional, followed by questions and time for networking over a light buffet.

Details of our March meeting will be circulated in our next newsletter, as will dates for future 2012 meetings.

Feedback from our first Sekforde Arms event of 2012: Emma Davidson

Copyright after the Hargreaves Report

The first CILIP in London meeting of 2012 took place on Monday 9th January at the Sekforde Arms. It featured copyright guru Charles Oppenheim, who spoke to a packed audience about the potential implications of the Hargreaves Report for copyright legislation in the UK.

Charles is an excellent speaker and everyone in the room appeared to find his talk interesting and informative, and judging by the range of questions at the end it certainly provoked a lot of thought.
In brief, UK copyright law is in a mess – outdated and anachronistic, it fails to reflect what people actually do with material and is in danger of becoming completely obsolete. Furthermore, the 3-strikes-and-you’re-out rule imposed by the Digital Economy Act 2010 is a dreadful piece of legislation. Apparently the Hargreaves review was commissioned on a totally erroneous basis, but it managed to get beyond this and produce some eminently sensible recommendations. Amongst other things, it advocates a number of extensions to the current exemptions from copyright law, and proposes the establishment of an agency to manage copyright issues for orphan works.

Charles predicted that although the government currently seems minded to accept most of the Hargreaves recommendations they are likely to be considerably watered-down following intense pressure by rights-holders. A call for evidence is currently open, and a number of submissions are being prepared by the library and archive community. However, it is important that as much relevant evidence as possible is gathered so we are all encouraged to make additional submissions if at all possible. The text of the Hargreaves review and details of the call for evidence can be found at

Interested to find out more? Richard Hawkins kindly recorded the talk and you can download the podcast from

In case you haven't been to one of these talks yet I strongly recommend them - it's a chance to hear some great speakers in an informal environment, and the evening always ends with nibbles and networking. Even better, attendance is free for CILIP members (non-members are also welcome at a charge of just £5). Do be sure to book your place in advance though, as they often sell out!


What’s on in London?

We continue to update our Google Calendar of library and information events in London -

If you prefer to receive your updates automatically you can sign up to the RSS feed and follow @ciliplndn on Twitter.

Contributors are welcome, so if you want the details of your event to reach a wide London-based audience, please get in touch


Meet the Committee

The committee has welcomed several new faces over the last few months so in each newsletter we will be profiling members of CILIP in London.

This month we are pleased to introduce President, Peter Beauchamp and committee members Alan Fricker and Tina Reynolds. All are actively involved in our events programme, so you may have already met them at a CILIP in London gathering.

Peter Beauchamp
Peter was for many years Chief Library Adviser to the Government in DCMS – a post which no longer exists!! – and in latter days Head of the Department’s local government operations. He once worked for the then Library Association. After DCMS, he was briefly Director of Library Services for Instant Library Ltd and then entered the twilight area of retirement. Now, of course, he’s busier than ever, partly with CILIP in London but also with a charity he has helped to establish – the BJC British Judo Foundation - for which he is Secretary.

Alan Fricker
Alan is the Knowledge & Library Service Manager at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust. He has worked in the NHS for over ten years. He has at various times been Chair of Health Libraries Group (HLG), on the CILIP Defining our Professional Future Project Board and active in other committee roles and networks.

Tina Reynolds
Tina is Senior Information Officer at Drivers Jonas Deloitte, a professional services firm specialising in property consultancy. She has been on the CILIP in London committee since 2008 and is also New Professionals Support Officer for the Career Development Group (London and South East divisions).


Making the most of CPD opportunities at work: Amy Icke

As someone at the start of their career, currently studying for an MA in Library and Information Studies, I am exceptionally lucky to benefit from lots of CPD opportunities. But what happens when you’ve been in the same role for a number of years and funding for training seems hard to come by?
Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of training opportunities available in your own workplace-

Work shadowing- this could be particularly useful if you are thinking of promotion or moving to a different department and want to see what a job involves. Shadowing placements can range in length from a couple of hours to a few days, so it should be easier to fit them in with other work commitments.

Mentoring and coaching- lots of information professionals will be mentored during Chartership or when working towards other professional qualifications, but having an experienced mentor with a listening ear and lots of practical advice could be useful at any point in your career.

Distance learning- if you don’t feel you want to or can’t afford to take time out from work by pursuing a course part-time, then you might find distance learning is the answer. This gives you the opportunity to work at your own pace and to fit study around work.

Job rotation- this might not be possible in all organisations or it might be the ‘norm’ in smaller ones, where staff carry out a variety of roles. Job rotation allows you to acquire new skills and get a better sense of how different departments support and interact with one another.

In-house training and workshops- organisations often run regular workshops, led by both external trainers and in-house experts. These help employees update their skills and offer an opportunity to network with colleagues.

If you've got some practical advice or good ideas about any aspects of your work why not share them? We are always keen to hear from readers so do get in touch with your ideas, opinions and suggestions.


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