Useful links

General links


The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) is the main body representing LIS professionals in the UK.


The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) is a body representing the interests of legal LIS professionals in the UK and Ireland.


Research Libraries UK (RLUK) represent leading and significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland.


The School Libraries Association (SLA) provide support for those involved in school libraries in the UK.

SLA Europe

The European chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) offer networking and CPD opportunities for LIS professionals. They represent all areas of the library and information science profession, and have divisions for a range specific fields, such as military libraries and government information.



A UK library twitter chat that runs the first Tuesday of every month. Each month’s chat has a theme and the tweets are archived and later summarised by the #uklibchat team on their website.


JISC is a body that represents further and higher education, but they host mailing lists which are widely used by library and information professionals from across all sectors. Subscribing to a selection of these mailing lists can help you to keep up to date with relevant events and information, as well as facilitating discussion between professionals with similar interests. FLIP have their own JISC mailing list, which you can subscribe to here.


The New Professionals Network was set up by a group of Manchester Metropolitan University Library and Information Management graduates. They provide resources, support and have run events for new and early career professionals.


CPD25 is the staff development branch of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries. They offer training and CPD events in the London and South East Area.


LIS Job Net

A CILIP run job site that advertises a range of jobs from across the library and information sector.

Graduate Traineeships

LIS Job Net provide a separate list of any graduate traineeships currently being advertised.

The ‘Library Services and Information Management Jobs’ section of advertises LIS jobs in academic institutions across the UK, along with some international posts.


Not all LIS jobs are advertised on job sites such as LIS Job Net or via recruitment agencies, as organisations are required to pay to place adverts. As such many entry level jobs are only advertised on the organisation’s website, so it is also worth looking at websites such as Indeed, which is essentially a search engine for job adverts.


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