Grants for CILIP Members to Attend WLIC in South Africa

 Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

Student memberships to CILIP are only 29 (pounds, I think), but they offer a full grant to go to the IFLA-sponsored WLIC.  IFLA also has an art libraries section.  I’m hoping to go to the 2008 WLIC in Quebec, Canada.


Full grants on offer for South Africa conference tripTravel to Durban to attend the world’s most important international LIS event – courtesy of CILIP.

The unique and vast World Library & Information Congress (organised by IFLA) takes place in Durban, South Africa, 19-23 August. Up to 5,000 delegates will be attending the huge programme of sessions, meetings, workshops, visits and social events on the theme of “Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships”.

The World Congress is the largest, and arguably the most important single international LIS event in the world. As a CILIP member you are in a unique position to receive financial assistance to attend this event. There are two kinds of award available:

First-timer awards cover the total costs of attending the conference. There are only two conditions: current CILIP membership, and never having attended an IFLA conference (other than in the UK) previously. These grants give members an opportunity to enjoy the ‘IFLA experience’ with guidance and support from CILIP. Pick up invaluable CPD experiences from a range of global perspectives, network with overseas colleagues and perhaps get involved in the work of IFLA.

The number of awards is strictly limited and the selection panel will judge applications on the strength of the application submitted.

Partial awards offer a lump sum towards the costs of conference attendance. These are primarily intended for IFLA ‘activists’; preference will be given to IFLA officers, members of sections and other committees, those invited to give papers and those involved with discussion groups – in that order.

The closing date for both awards is 13 April.

If you have any queries or would like a hard copy application form, please contact Angela Frampton at CILIP (Tel: 020 7255 0616)

Conference information

Updated: 01 February 2007


  1. Dear sir/madam,
    I am interested to attend the 73rd Ifla conference to be held in Durban in August this year. This will be the first time for me to attend such a conference. I obtained my MBibl.,in December 2006 and I am eager to learn more from others how they deal with problems related to library use. I am therefore making a request for financial assistance if possible.

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