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CILIP Professional Registration - Library Support Group: Support

What's Available?

There is a range of support available to you as a Professional Registration Candidate :

  • University of Exeter Library
  • Several JISCMAIL lists
  • A dedicated Candidate Support Officer (CSO)
  • CILIP E-Learning Courses
  • Your mentor

University of Exeter Library

As a member of staff at the Library of the University of Exeter you can claim:

  • Payment for enrolment on all levels of Professional Registration
  • 2 working days for writing up your Professional Registration portfolio
  • Payment for submission of your portfolio


Support Group

  • You can arrange to have informal chats with any staff who have already undergone Professional Registration and are happy to talk to you about what it entails.
  • We will be running "Chat" sessions throughout the year when you can get together with other staff who have already gained registration or who are undergoing the process.
  • We hope to have a couple of speakers during the year who will help guide you along the process (subject to availability).

Your CSO

Your local CILIP Regional Member Network has a dedicated Candidate Support Officer (CSO) who will help you through the Professional Registration process.

The current Devon & Cornwall Candidate Support Officer is Donna Gundry (


CILIP-CDG-SW-EVENTS - CILIP South West Member Network Events
Open list for anyone who is a member of the CILIP South West Member Network. Members are encouraged to participate in this group by contributing to the planning of and attending events for library and information workers and retired members in the South West of England.

LIS-CILIP-MENTOR - list for CILIP Mentors
discussion list where CILIP Mentors can share, and resolve, issues arising from their mentoring work with candidates for the range of CILIP qualifications.

LIS-CILIP-REG - list for CILIP members working towards MCLIP status
For librarians working towards registration on the CILIP register of Chartered Members, (i.e. MCLIP ) to discuss professional issues, and issues of concern to the Chartering process.

List for library and information staff working towards revalidation of their certification, chartership or fellowship within the CILIP scheme.

CILIP - E-Learning Courses

CILIP now has over a hundred online courses on everything from leadership and management through to budget planning and stakeholder analysis,

To access it you can login at -

Your Mentor

If you are undertaking a Professional Registration Qualification then you have to find a mentor.  A dedicated mentor will help you take a fresh look at your skills and experiences, discover new ideas and perspectives, and provide support through the process.

CILIP recommend you choose a mentor in a different sort of organisation from yourself. This will make it easier to discuss service performance objectively and helps with acquiring wider professional knowledge. Though you may choose a CILIP mentor within your organisation, your line manager must not be your mentor as this would make it difficult to evaluate things objectively.

They have to be registered with CILIP so you may need to look for one outside your area - this important relationship does not have to be undertaken face to face it can take place via e-mail, phone, Skype or via whatever technology you are both comfortable with.

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