This is the second year that CILIP have held the AGM outside London. I think this is an excellent initiative, and I hope it will continue. The New Library of Birmingham was a fantastic choice of venue, and I can thoroughly recommend a visit to this amazing building.
Avid social media watchers will no doubt already have seen the results of the voting on three important AGM motions. The proposed name change from CILIP to ILPUK was rejected, free student membership was approved, and a motion of no confidence in Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, was passed.
It was clear that these three motions in particular had stirred up high emotions. I would have preferred to see as much time allocated and energy devoted to real discussion and debate around these issues (and the Vaizey motion in particular) as seemed to be allowed for questions on the finer detail of procedure and points of order – but that’s meetings and committees for you!
The award of Honorary Fellowships took pride of place at the meeting, and I found it genuinely inspiring to hear about the work of those receiving the awards: Alistair Allen, Peter Griffiths, Jan Parry and posthumously to Norman Briggs. I was fascinated to hear more about Norman Briggs’ career in military intelligence and Soviet Studies, and was extremely moved by Jan Parry’s account of her work with the Hillsborough Independent Panel.
If ever you need reassurance that your own work can make a real difference, never mind the fighting around professional rebranding, these are the people from whom to take your lead.
- Donald Lickley