Monday, 24 August 2009

HLG 2010

We have the great pleasure in announcing that the 2010 CILIP Health Libraries Group Conference will take place on the 19th & 20th July at The Lowry, Salford Quays in the great city of Manchester.

The title of the conference is: Keeping information centre stage amongst changing scenery.

We are now issuing a call for abstracts and are asking for interested parties to submit ideas for papers by Monday 30th November 2009.


Manchester is one of the best conference cities in the UK and we have selected The Lowry at Salford Quays to host the conference because it boasts fantastic facilities in a lovely location. It is a short tram journey from the city centre, meaning that shopping, dining, accommodation, sight seeing and leisure activities are in plentiful supply.

Manchester is also very well connected and is easily accessible from anywhere in the UK. It is also home to the UK’s 4th busiest airport meaning that travel from abroad is straightforward.

More details on the conference and booking will be available nearer the time.

Conference theme - Keeping information centre stage amongst changing scenery.

2010 will be a very important year for health librarians of all sectors. The recession may tighten budgets yet further, there will probably be a general election shortly before the conference and that may result in a change in government.

The conference will seek to understand how, amidst all these factors, we can keep libraries, librarians and most importantly of all, quality information at the centre of what we do and at the centre of our organisations.

We would encourage you to consider whether you could give a presentation, however long or short, that would be of interest to delegates and/or of help to the profession.

Suggestions for topics include:

- Gaining and keeping a higher profile

- Collaboration

- Use of Information Technology

- Evidence-based librarianship

However we will be delighted to receive abstracts on topics other than these suggestions or feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your proposal.

Presentation formats:
Presentations could be from anything from 10 to 30 minutes, including questions, so if you’ve never presented at a conference before or if you are an expert, there is an opportunity for you here.


The closing date for abstract submissions is Monday 30th November 2009. We hope to let you know the outcome of your applications by the 31st December 2009.

Please send your abstract submissions via email to either Pip Divall, Conference Director, or Stuart Glover, Programme Lead, at and

Submissions should include the following:

- Names of author(s)
- Name of presenter(s) at the conference (if known)
- Contact details of author(s) and presenter(s) including email addresses, postal addresses and direct telephone number
- Length of presentation
- Audio-visual requirements (e.g. PowerPoint, Internet access, overheads)
- Abstract (500 word maximum)

Conference news
We have set up a conference blog for the very latest information. Please visit:

Latest news can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Keep your eyes peeled for advance notice of the 5th Clinical Librarian Conference in Summer 2011 too!

Monday, 17 August 2009

Will we see you at ICML?

At the end of this month, Sarah, Louise & Linda are heading out to Brisbane to host the Clinical Librarian Conference aspect of the ICML conference in Brisbane. Please do consider attending the sessions if you're going to be there!