Are you a new professional or student who is interested in information literacy? Would you like to become more involved with the work of the Information Literacy Group and meet other new professionals? If so, please consider applying for the ILG New Professional Committee!
The purpose of this group is to bring together new professionals (defined as having less than 5 years’ professional experience) who are interested in information literacy to contribute to the work of the Information Literacy Group (ILG). This group will provide opportunities for new professionals to work with and be mentored by ILG committee members to: develop professional support for members, including through organising training, events, blog posts, etc; represent the views and experiences of new professionals to the broader ILG; and gain insight into policy and committee work.
- The committee will be composed of 3-5 new professional members and 1-3 co-convenors from the ILG.
- New professional refers to anyone with under five years of professional experience (including LIS students)
- Sub-committee membership will be open to any new professional who is interested in information literacy; Members do not currently have to be working in a library instructional/teaching role or be a member of CILIP to be eligible.
- These are voluntary positions, and there is no remuneration related to the posts.
- Members will be appointed by the Information Literacy Group.
- The term of office will be three years in the first instance, subject to review by the CILIP Information Literacy Group.
Roles and responsibilities
- The group would be expected to develop an agenda that establishes the direction for the work of this sub-committee, developing action priorities with reference to the overarching ILG strategy.
- The group would be free to set up additional meetings/internal communication channels as needed. This may include a regular schedule for meetings, including actions and outcomes to be covered by the committee.
- We expect the time commitment to be roughly 4 hours a month.
- The group will work with specific members of the ILG in order to develop ILG strategic goals, including, but not limited to, developing support, communication and event planning for new professionals, etc.
- One representative from the group would be expected to attend ILG committee meetings
- Meetings are typically held four times/year
- All travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with the CILIP Information Literacy Group policy.
- Awareness of, and interest in, current information literacy issues – ESSENTIAL
- Excellent oral and written communication skills – ESSENTIAL
- Good organisational and time management skills – ESSENTIAL
- Able to work effectively and collaboratively in a small team – ESSENTIAL
- Experience in delivering projects – DESIRABLE
Applying for the role
Please submit a short statement (300-500 words) demonstrating your interest in becoming a member of the committee. Consider addressing the following points:
- How you feel you meet the person specification
- Your interest in information literacy
- What ideas you have for how the committee could support new professionals.
Please also include a brief CV covering education and/or career to date.
Please send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the role or would like an informal discussion about the committee, please contact the same address.
We encourage applications from marginalised and under-represented groups, and value the richness and depth that intersectionality brings to the information literacy community.
Applications will be reviewed from 18th June 2021.