Libraries Conference Highlights Innovation and Creativity

8 June 2017—More than 140 library leaders, policy makers and partners will participate in the Society of Chief Librarians’ annual Seminar, a two-day conference focusing on innovation and best practice in libraries. The 2017 Seminar, Revitalise and Regenerate, will explore the challenges and trends in managing and delivering public library services during a continuing period of austerity and focus on how innovation and creativity has created a new buzz in libraries.

The programme is packed with workshops and presentations aimed at stretching the thinking of library leaders.

Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Changing the Message, Changing the Image, Changing the Experience. Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Journalist, Broadcaster, Cultural Commentator and Author

Made in a Library, Jenn Ashworth, author and Creative Writing lecturer at the University of Lancaster

The best possible shared space today and beyond, Jan Holmquist, Assistant Library Director at Guldborgsund Public Library in Denmark

Public Libraries across the UK and Ireland 2011-2016: Use, opinions and change, Dr Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy Officer, Carnegie UK Trust


Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, will chair a panel session with three prominent arts venue directors: Victoria Pomery, Director – Turner Contemporary in Margate; Fiona Allan, CEO – Birmingham Hippodrome; Julia Robinson, Principal Librarian – The Word, South Tyneside. The session will focus on how libraries can learn from the success of these three venues.

Neil MacInnes, SCL President, said: “Every year the SCL Seminar delivers a huge amount of excitement, information and action for public libraries. This year is no exception and we are thrilled to have such an eclectic and knowledgable group of people on the panel. Libraries are more creative and innovative now than at any time in history and we look forward to the new ideas and initiatives that come out of this year’s Seminar.

Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of Carnegie UK Trust, said: “The Society of Chief Librarian’s Annual Seminar plays a vital role in inspiring innovation and supporting leaders in public library sector. The Trust is delighted to support the SCL Annual Seminar and so contribute to public libraries’ ability to continue to improve the lives of people.”