Library Workshops and Seminars for the United Kingdom in 2014

by Suzanne Schultz Pick, Head Editor, INALJ UK

Library Workshops and Seminars for the United Kingdom in 2014

Suzanne Schultz PickWhile searching for your library job, it’s important to keep up to date on library events and news. Even if you’re not working in a library, keeping yourself involved in the library world gives you important skills that show a potential employer that you are up to date on current trends and issues. It also gives you some opportunities to meet other librarians who may be able to give you insight on open job positions, or advice on how they found their current library job.

One great way to stay involved in the library field is to attend events for library and information professionals. While searching for a library job may mean not having a lot of extra cash, many of these events are reasonably priced and offer discount rates for early registration. Some are even free!

Some great sites for finding workshop and seminars are SLA’s Regional Courses and CILIP’s Events Calendar.

Here is just a short list of some workshops and seminars in the United Kingdom given this year that may be suitable to your future job field:

Innovation, Inspiration and Creativity Conference (i2c2) – Using Positive Disruption to improve libraries
6-7 March 2014

iCan With An iPad
Newton Rigg College, CA11 0AH
13 March 2014, 9:30-15:00
Discount Deadline: 13 February 2014; Closing Date: 27 February 2014

Okehampton College, Mill Road, EX20 1PW
30 April 2014, 09:30-15:00
Discount Deadline: 2 April 2014; Closing Date: 16 April 2014

Newtown Library, Park Lane, Newtown, Powys SY16 1EJ
21 May 2014, 09:30-15:00
Discount Deadline: 23 April 2014; Closing Date: 7 May 2014


Getting to Grips with the Primary School Library
Notre Dame School, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1HA
11 February 2014, 09:30-15:30
Discount Deadline: 17 January 2014; Closing Date: 28 January 2014
Teaching Skills for School Library Staff
Bristol School Library Service, Unit 1 Bristol Vale Trading Estate, Hartcliffe Way, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 5R
12 February 2014, 09:30-16:00
Discount Deadline: 15 January 2014; Closing Date: 29 January 2014

North Yorkshire SLS HQ, 21 Grammar School Lane, Northallerton DL6 1DF
11 June 2014, 09:30-16:15
Discount Deadline: 14 May 2014; Closing Date: 23 May 2014
ARLG SW Digital Literacies Event
Yeovil College
14 February 2014, 10:15AM
Bookings close on 4 February

Scotland: Improving our services for blind and partially sighted people
Edinburgh Business Centre, Edinburgh
26 February 2014, 9:30AM

School Libraries Group (SLG) Conference 2014 – Enquiring Minds
4-6 April 2014
The Derbyshire Hotel, Carter Lane East South Normanton, DE55 2EH Derby

ARLG Conference 2014 – Academic libraries the final frontier
23 June 2014, 11:00AM – 25 June 2014, 12:15
Falmer, United Kingdom

CILIP Health Libraries Group Conference 2014
24-25 July 2014, 9:00AM
Examination Schools and Oxford Town Hall, High Street, OX1 4BG, Oxford

Visit to Queen Square Library, Archive and Museum
Queen Square Library, London
7 August 2014, 2:00PM

Rare Books and Special Collections Group (RBSCG) Annual Study Conference 2014 – New Space for Old Books: Building for the Future
27-29 August 2014, 12:00PM
The Sir Duncan Rice Library, The University of Aberdeen King’s Colleges, AB24 3FX Aberdeen

CILIP Library Management Systems (LMS) Suppliers Showcase – Edinburgh – CILIP’s regional showcase returns to Scotland in 2014
30 September 2014, 9:30AM
King James Hotel Edinburgh, 107 Leith Street, EH1 3SW Edinburgh

Internet Librarian International 2014
Olympia Conference Centre, London
21-22 October 2014
CILIP LMS Suppliers Showcase – Autumn
CILIP, London
7 November 2014, 9:00AM

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list (formerly I Need a Library Job) and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of, a crowdfunding platform focused on African patrimony, heritage and cultural projects. INALJ was founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard. Its social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ. INALJ has had over 21 Million page hits and helped many, many thousands of librarians find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in one month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this with many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro and many other publications in the past decade. She presents whenever she can, including serving on three panels at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Las Vegas; as breakout presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa; as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting; at the National Press Club in Washington DC; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has been living and working in Budapest, Hungary and Western New York State. She spent years running her husband’s moving labor website, fixed and sold old houses and assisted her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food. She is preparing to re-enter the workforce and is job hunting. Her husband is now the co-editor of INALJ, a true support!  She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay.