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The Future of Library Services in the Big Society
21 Jun 2011
Shared Services, Social Enterprise, Volunteering and Private Sector Collaboration. 6th National Conference.

Headline Speakers

This conference brought together senior-level library and information management professionals from local authorities and the wider cultural sector in order to discuss emerging policy issues and share best practice from across the country.

Nicky Parker, President, Society of Chief Librarians; Head of Transformation, Manchester City Council
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
Keynote address: localism driven by local people

Annie Mauger, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
Professionally led library services in the Big Society

Miranda McKearney OBE, Founder Director, The Reading Agency
Redesigning librariesí literacy and reading services

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Jim Burton, Managing Director, Axiell
Session introduction

Antonio Rizzo, Head of Library & Information Services, London Borough of Lewisham
Supporting community libraries

Simon Parkinson, Head of Culture & Leisure, London Borough of Havering; a Spinout Pathfinder
The business case for setting up an employee led mutual

Christine May, Head of Libraries, Archives and Information, Cambridgeshire County Council
A strategic approach to working with volunteers whilst maintaining quality in service provision

Mike More, Chief Executive, Westminster City Council
Sharing services and merging functions

Questions and discussion: Session 2
Exhibitor Interview 1 Mark Travis, Marketing Executive, Capita Software Services
Exhibitor Interview 2 Jonathan Walker, Account Manager, Texthelp Systems
Stream 1: Meeting service users' needs
How can libraries support government service delivery? A case study of NHS Choices' Libraries Information Programme: Bob Gann, Head of Strategy and Engagement, NHS Choices, Department of Health. Sharing the vision: engaging with the third sector to deliver library services to visually impaired people: Helen Brazier, Head of National Library Service, Royal National Institute of Blind People; Mark Freeman, Chair, North East Accessible Libraries and Information Services and Libraries Manager, South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council.

Stream 2: Efficiency in library service delivery
The role of public libraries in achieving a Networked Nation: Natasha Innocent, Public Sector Partnership Manager, Race Online 2012. The transfer and use of community assets in the delivery of library services: Annemarie Naylor, Head of Assets, Development Trust Association.

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Alan Davey, Chief Executive, The Arts Council
Maintaining library service standards whilst restructuring delivery

Joanne Bailey, Community Development Officer, Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
Engaging the community in service redesign: effective consultative practice

Panel discussion: Can we paint a new vision for libraries post-recession and post-Olympics? Can we shape the future with a reduced budget?
Session 4 speakers.