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Help map your sector

Message from Mike Hosking, Chair of the Workforce Mapping Project Board:

We need your help to map the UK’s libraries, archives, records, information and knowledge sectors.

There are about 270,000 people in the UK working in these sectors but currently a clear profile of the workforce does not exist.

Complete the short survey and help us accurately map these sectors.

Organised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) the research findings will help with advocacy targeting governments and employers, to develop relevant and robust policies, and to develop better and targeted services.

By completing the survey you could also win £200 worth of vouchers of your own choice.

Put yourself on the map, complete the survey

We are interested in the views of all people working in the sector, whether in paid or unpaid employment.

Your anonymity is guaranteed, only aggregated findings will be used in analysis and reporting. Individuals will not be identifiable from the report of the study. The survey is being conducted by a team of researchers from Edinburgh Napier University.

We hope that you can help us with this important work. The survey takes no more than 15 minutes to complete and can be found at The survey has been designed so that it can be completed on a range of devices, but it is most accessible on a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

The survey has the support of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills as it fills the gap following the closure of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service; providing essential data which will support workforce development.

We want to reach as many people as possible, so please help us by forwarding this on to anyone you know working in the sector. The success of the survey is entirely dependent upon the level of responses received. This is a pivotal point in library, information and archive services and we need all of the knowledge we can gather on the workforce to advocate on your behalf.