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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 opportunity

CILIP is looking for a researcher to scope a vision for a sector-wide portal providing access to research and the evidence-base for the information profession.  This work stems from CILIP’s intention to adopt an evidence-based approach to its own policy development and advocacy work and its aim to become an authoritative source of data and evidence about information management and libraries by 2020, as well as an active partner in providing a research and evidence framework for the sector as a whole.

We require the successful researcher to map stakeholders that will use the portal and collect, synthesise and analyse information about their research and evidence needs.  We also require the researcher to identify and assess research portals, or other similar research and evidence bases, that have been established by other bodies (in any sector), paying particular attention to features such as discoverability and accessibility as well as the type of content. From this evidence the researcher will develop a model for a portal that will provide access to an information sector-wide research/evidence-base.  

Click here for the full specification.

We are looking for applications to undertake this work from researchers or other interested parties by August 31st 2017. The delivery date for the report is January/February 2018


  • 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