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Our research section holds current and recent past work in our core areas of interest – public libraries, copyright, information literacy, higher education and research.

Other sectors represented here include are further education, prison, health and social careschool libraries and the knowledge and information sector.

You will also find statistics for the sector, CILIP commissioned research including our Workforce Mapping research exercise and more general policy material such as consultation responses, and briefings across a range of fields in the library and information sector.

This research section is the first phase in a programme to develop an evidence base to support CILIP’s advocacy based activities. In the second phase (2018-20) we will create a sector-wide research / evidence based portal for the sector to support not only advocacy but also good practice and blue sky thinking.

Research portal survey

CILIP is committed to adopting an evidence based approach to policy and practice across the information sector*. As a result, we are now engaged in scoping out the requirements for the development of a sector-wide evidence-base/portal. We wish to consider the views of various stakeholders about their current evidence needs and what would be desirable in such a portal. Next year we aim to work with like-minded partners in the information sector to develop the portal.

As part of this activity we have commissioned researchers at Birmingham City University and Manchester Metropolitan University to conduct a survey of stakeholders.  We are pleased to announce that this survey is now live:

We would be extremely grateful if you could take part in this short survey. It should take only 5-7 minutes to complete and your views would be most valuable.  We do encourage you to respond. The closing date is 13th November 2017.

If you have any queries, please contact Yvonne Morris at or on 020 7255 0629

*For the purposes of this survey, the ‘information and knowledge sector’ includes libraries, archives, records, information management, knowledge management and data science

  • Projects and reviews

    Our projects and reviews are delivering a programme of major and fundamental change. They contribute to making sure that CILIP appeals to the breadth of the information professions, is well governed and provides relevant and high quality benefits to members and key stakeholders.

  • Statistics

    Relevant and timely statistics are necessary for accountability, service planning and advocacy. All library and information services can be better understood within their broader economic, societal and institutional contexts and each needs to define how it can best respond and help shape the environment in which it operates.

  • Workforce mapping

    In 2014, CILIP and the Archives Records Association (UK & Ireland) (ARA) commissioned Edinburgh Napier University to undertake major research to map the workforce across the Library, Archives, Records, Information and Knowledge Management Services and related professions in the United Kingdom.

  • Sectors

    CILIP works to put information and library skills and professional values at the heart of a democratic, equal and prosperous society. Our policy work to support this objective is evident across the various sectors which taken together make up the larger knowledge, library and information sector.

  • Topics

    Some of our policy work relates to issues which are not sector specific or relate to issues which are important to more than one sector.

  • Resources