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Virtual Annual Conference 2021: The Future of Libraries


9:15 am - 3:00 pm

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The M25 Consortium’s 2021 annual conference will take place on Tuesday 30th March. The conference will be held virtually on zoom. 

The conference topic , The Future of Libraries, will seek to help colleagues better prepare operationally and strategically for the future of the sector.  The conference is open to members and non-members. To register for the event please see below.

View the conference posters on ‘The Future of Libraries’ here.   


09.15 – 09.45
‘Unlocking content through technology in the age of online learning,’ with Adam Matthew Digital & Quartex.

10.00 Welcome and opening remarks – Matthew Lawson (M25 Consortium Chair)

10.10 Keynote: ‘The Future of Libraries: what can we learn from Star Wars?’ – Professor Shân Wareing (University of Northampton) 

10.50 ‘Libraries: the most truly democratic space?’ – Elizabeth Malone and Sara Burnett (Kingston University) 

11.20 Comfort break 

11.30 ‘Developing digital collections, practices, and spaces at UAL’ – Elisabeth Thurlow (University of the Arts London) 

12.00 Wellbeing Task and Finish Group update – Pete Williams (Birkbeck, University of London) and Paula Funnell (Queen Mary University of London)

12.15 Diversity Task and Finish Group update – Alea Baker (University of London)

12.30 Break 

13.15  ‘The road to Open Research: promoting and fostering a sharing culture at the University of Reading’ – Karen Rowlett and Robert Darby (University of Reading)   

13.45 ‘Reaching Out to Our Future Students: EPQ & Library Services at University of Westminster’ – Eleri Kyffin and Sara Hafeez (University of Westminster) 

14.15 ‘Funding our Future! Public Engagement and Grant Income for Libraries’ – Sarah Chaney & Teresa Doherty (Royal College of Nursing) 

14.45 Conference feedback – Rachel Telfer (M25 Executive Manager)

14.50 Closing remarks – Michelle Wake (M25 Consortium Secretary)


Gold Sponsor:

AM Digital (Quartex): Primary Sources for Teaching and Research

Join Adam Matthew Digital and Quartex to hear how the digitised primary source content and innovative platform solutions we offer put the library at the centre of online learning. We’ll present ideas from faculty who are using digitised primary sources in their teaching, and then talk about presentation itself: how can your special collections, student projects, and faculty research be displayed to maximise the benefits of online academia.

Silver Sponsor:

Bibliographic Data Services

Thank you to our sponsors.

Cost of attendance:

M25 Member Libraries:

  • One free place (normally for the M25 Representative) as the standard benefit of membership
  • Additional places £35

Non-M25 Members: £50

Cancellation policy: Cancellation is free until 23:59 on 22nd March 2021. Cancellations after this date will be charged 50%. No-shows on the day will be charged 100%.


To reserve a place please fill out the booking form using the links below. Please remember to include your PO number as bookings cannot be confirmed without this. Members are reminded to use their M25 Vouchers where available.

Booking form for M25 Members   Booking form for non-Members