Archived policy statements

These policy statements and briefings are still relevant and while CILIP may not actively advocate in these areas at present, the statements may continue to influence the organisation's positioning on issues.

  • User privacy in libraries: guidelines for the reflective practitioner

    Information and library professionals collect data from their users in order to provide the most efficient and effective service. We must protect the personal data we collect and be very clear why we collect it. Occasionally by law we may be required to give personal data to a third party; and need to ensure that this is justified. 

    (May 2011)

  • Data sharing statement

    In 2009 CILIP published guidelines for library and information professionals about user privacy in libraries. As a result of this work, in 2010, CILIP's Council agreed a statement about data sharing between public sector organisations.

    (November 2010)

  • Community development and social justice - a policy statement

    Libraries play an important role in how communities shape themselves through the promotion of reading and their provision of free and neutral community space. This statement sets out how libraries contribute to community engagement and social justice and proposes actions that library authorities need to ensure are embedded in their operations to confirm their contribution.

    (November 2010)

  • Briefing on the government's Prevent strategy

    Prevent is part of the government's counter-terrorist strategy. It is about preventing people being drawn into terrorism by ensuring appropriate advice and support and working with a range of institutions where there are risks of radicalisation. 

    Our briefing paper outlines the priorities of the strategy, including recent revisions. It explores those areas with relevance to information and library professionals.

    (January 2012)