CILIP reveals new proposed name

CILIP reveals new proposed name

CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, has put forward a new name for members to vote on at its a.g.m. in September.

The proposed new name is Information & Library Professionals UK, accompanied by a strapline that reads: The Chartered Institute for the knowledge professions.

The new name has been chosen as part of an ongoing rebranding exercise, which caused controversy among members.

A special meeting was held earlier in July after 100 members backed a motion to halt the rebrand, claiming it was: "a distraction from the urgent tasks of advocacy for the profession, and a waste of scarce resources". Many objected to names that had been proposed in a consultation, such as "The Knowledge People", taking exception to the lack of the word "library" or "librarian" among the options. However, the motion was defeated, meaning members will now choose between the new name and "CILIP" at its AGM at the Library of Birmingham on 21st September.

Annie Mauger, chief executive, said “We believe that our members want a name that clearly and confidently says who we are and where we are heading. This name recognises our library heartland and puts information front and centre of our identity."

She added: "The rebranding is one important part of a whole series of changes. These changes have two goals - to be relevant to the breadth of the information, library and knowledge professions and to make their identity clearer to the world.”

Annie Mauger blog: New name for CILIP