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Commissioned by the Archives and Records Association (ARA) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), in 2014/15 a team from Edinburgh Napier University conducted the most extensive workforce mapping project of the information professions ever undertaken worldwide. The results of this work allowed for an estimate of the size of the UK information workforce and surfaced a number of interesting findings related to the workforce’s gender split, qualifications, age profile, and ethnic diversity. Since its completion, CILIP and ARA have been using this output to better understand the library and information sector, to monitor trends in the workforce, to support their advocacy work, to develop relevant and robust policies, and to develop their services. In this ‘research into practice’ case study Hazel Hall of Edinburgh Napier University presents the main findings of the project, and Sean McNamara of CILIP Scotland outlines how its findings have been used in practice.