The Future of Library Services
28 Jun 2012

Headline Speakers

Broadcast from London and available to view online

When the Government launched the Future Libraries programme it was in the belief that innovation, led by local authorities, was the best solution to ensuring the modernisation of library services.

Since then, there has been much discussion about restructuring services through technology, shared services, and the use of a community workforce. Chief Librarians and Councillors have a tough job ahead in ensuring that the delivery of library services is innovative and forward thinking. Local communities are well rehearsed in the benefits of library services, which include improved literacy, inclusion and job search, but services remain underused.

This 7th national 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.

Ed Vaizey MP gave the afternoon keynote speech, which is free to view or read a transcript of his speech on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website.

Interview with Tim Douglas, Service Improvement Manager, London Borough of Hounslow Tim Douglas talks about Hounslow's partnership with the event sponsor John Laing
Richard Hunt, Chair, Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association (CLOA); Head of Culture, Sport and Communities, Suffolk County Council
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Member, CMS Select Committee Inquiry into Library Cuts
Feedback from the Parliamentary inquiry into public library closures

David Ruse, Tri-borough Director of Libraries and Archives, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Westminster City Council on behalf of Society of Chief Librarians
Effective governance in challenging times

Panel discussion:
· What are the pros and cons of libraries having trust status? · What is the future of library services?

Andrew Green, Head of Library and Heritage Services, Wandsworth Council
INSPIRE: working collaboratively between different library services

David Jones, Service Delivery Manager, Buckinghamshire County Council
Self-managed community libraries

Cath Anley, Head of Libraries, Registration and Archives, Kent County Council
Repurposing buildings: integrating library services into community facilities

Lindy Elliott, Library Services Manager, Portsmouth City Council
Best practice: Ensuring the future sustainability of library services through dramatic and innovative restructures

Claire Griffiths, Bid Manager, John Laing
Who is leading your cultural shift?

Questions and discussion
Alexandra Bailey, Senior Performance & Improvement Manager, Oxfordshire County Council
Effective consultation and analysis of need: planning future library services based on an understanding of local requirements

Ayub Khan, Head of Libraries, Warwickshire Library & Information Service
Income generation: moving towards commissioned work to sustain the future of library services

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

Questions and discussions
The digital future of library services
Ruth Harrison, Digital Expert, The Reading Agency;
Tim Cooper, Director, Digital and Marketing, Harlequin UK;
Fiona Marriott, Principal Librarian, Luton Libraries

Community libraries in practice
Judith Curry, Project Manager, Buckinghamshire County Council

Close of conference