Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Editorial Panel Meeting

Last week I attended my first meeting Editorial Panel meeting for Cilip’s Update and Gazette magazines. I must confess I didn’t really know what to expect and I was a tad nervous.

It was attended by 5 people from Cilip and 6 people from the panel. I thought there would have been more people there but a lot of people couldn’t make it as the meeting fell the day after the General Election. The majority of the panel’s duties are carried out online via forums, so it was nice to finally meet in person and put faces to names.

We were emailed an agenda and several documents beforehand, and the primary focus of the meeting was the recent digital launch of the two publications and the readership statistics / feedback this has generated. There was also a call for more contributions / articles from readers.

With all this to discuss it is a very exciting time to be on the panel! Remember the blog post I wrote back in December 2009, about whether I should apply for the panel and how naff I felt my application was? I’m soooo glad I did it! I’d recommend it to anybody wishing to become an active member of Cilip.

I should also say that Cilip put on a marvellous spread for the buffet!

Monday, 10 May 2010

Cilip's Gazette needs YOU!

Hi Folks,

As some of you may already know, I'm on the Editorial Panel for Cilip's Update / Gazette magazines. I started a three year term in January and so far I'm really enjoying it.

Whilst Update has writers on staff to produce articles, Gazette consists mostly of voluntary contributions from readers. We're now looking for people to contribute to Gazette's 'Library Heroes' column. That's right - Gazette needs YOU!

You can choose to write about anybody from the information / library world, who you admire / think has made a valuable difference. It's a flexible column so the person you write about can be either famous or non-famous. The article should have a word limit of between 400-600. It's an informal column so it doesn't have to be written in a particularly formal / academic style.

Previous Gazette issues can be viewed online at Cilip's website if you want to browse past examples - such as my attempt to write about my own Library Hero (Issue date: 8 April 2010, p15)!

Should anybody be interested, please message me.