Tim Buckley Owen, head of marketing and membership for CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library Professionals in the UK), did not mince words when I hooked up with him this morning at the CILIP stand.
“We have 23,000 members,” he said, “but that’s not enough.”
“Membership is stable, but,” he said, “there are 50,000 to 80,000 in the U.K. working in the profession, and not just in book-lined rooms. We want all the people who manage and exploit information.”
He sounded confident that some initiatives in subscription reform will do the trick in holding current members, while the organization recruits more broadly.
ITI, VP, Content