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CILIP Blogger Challenge

From Jan Parry - As an information professional and Vice President of CILIP, I am very proud to be a member of such a diverse and engaged community whose work is of so much interest and value.

As a profession we have a lot to say and so much to show off. So I’m very pleased to launch the CILIP Blogger Challenge, an exciting new competition running from 2nd October until 7th November.

CILIP are looking for blog text submissions on important issues relating to libraries, knowledge and information.   Anyone working within or connected to libraries, knowledge and information work can take part, you do not need to have a qualification!

They are looking for well-written blog articles demonstrating original, well-constructed and thought-provoking perspectives on things that are relevant to us as a community and perhaps as a society.  The range of topics you could write about is huge. For example:

·    Everyday life e.g. Why supermarket shelves should be arranged by Dewey Decimal…?
·    Data, information and knowledge e.g. Why don’t people care about their own data?
·    Copyright and the law e.g. How does current UK copyright law serve people with disabilities?
·    Education e.g. How to teach information literacy in the classroom
·    Publishing e.g. 6 reasons a paper book is the perfect technology
·    Research e.g. 5 thoughts on the future of open access journals
·    Technology e.g. How do you archive a video game?
·    The economy and business e.g. 5 ways libraries are supporting new businesses

Myself and the in-house media experts from CILIP’s Update Magazine team and Communications department will review and judge all submissions and I am excited to be chair of this judging panel.

The winner will get an iPad and the authors of a number of highly commended posts will also receive some fantastic prizes. The winning and highly commended posts will be published on the CILIP website at the end of November and start of December 2014.

This is a chance for anyone who works in or shares an interest in the library, knowledge and information world, to add new perspectives and help frame the debate around the big issues. So come on - I know that there are lots of you who can write about these things in an interesting way to grab people's attention and I think you will enjoy the process as much as we will love reading your submissions!

The final date for submissions is 7th November so now is the time to get writing.

Find out more about the CILIP Blogger Challenge, including entry criteria, blogging guidelines and prizes, including entry criteria, blogging guidelines and prizes.

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