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Mergers, Partnerships and Service Providers Conference


4:30 pm

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[B]cpd25 Mergers, Partnerships and Service Providers
RCOG Conference Centre
27th June 2006[/B]

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In an ever changing environment, the practice of merging institutions and institutional partnerships is a well established one. The impetus processes and implications for this extend far beyond the boundaries of the traditional academic institution.

o Has your instruction recently gone through a merger, or is a merger planned?
o How do Library managers prepare their institutions for a successful merger in a rapidly changing environment, what are the success factors, processes and outcomes?
o How should your Library/Information Service best-serve the cross institutional community through service collaborative partnerships and how do national initiatives contribute to this?

? The cpd25 Mergers, partnerships and Service Providers Conference provides you with the opportunity to hear from colleagues and experts, who have negotiated a merger, encountered similar problems and are working on concepts and solutions.

? Increasing cross institution programme partnerships requires mutual collaboration within the library community, on a national and international scale.

Conference themes include:

1. Strategic planning – initial approaches, identification of drivers and outcomes expectations, engagement process, resource requirement implications and identifications, evaluation and assessments undertaken before, during and after the process, internal management and communication, financial management adjustments.

2. Operational management – turning concepts into deliverables, planning physical and staff resources, timeline management, re-working/identification of new/enhanced services or processes, communication, contingency and/or interim planning scenarios, budgets

3. Service level agreements – different types, who with, what for, monitoring processes

4. Resource management – stock co-location/integration, service/staff alignments, transition periods/big bang, new resource experiences

5. Operational delivery – multi faceted user base – FE/HE/NHS/life longer learns etc, expectation/reality management, timetabling logistics (staff and multi partner timetabling), stock availability / location / transfer issues, communication, staff training issues
6. National initiatives – UK Libraries Plus, UK Computing Plus, SCONUL Research Extra and other local consortia agreements.

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Speaker Biographies:

David Pearson
David Pearson is Director, University of London Research Library Services, and as such is responsible for the convergence programme in the libraries of the central University. He was previously Librarian at the Wellcome Trust (where he also brought library services together) and before that worked in academic and research libraries both in and out of London.

Sally Curry
Inspire National Partnerships Manager.
My background has always been with libraries, specifically those related directly to learning – all the way from books for babies and playgroups through school to academic libraries. More recently I have focussed on research work in the library field, initially in the eLib IMPEL2 study of organisational and cultural change, then as researcher for the BL funded project on the development of the Libraries Access Sunderland Scheme (LASh) and then to project manage HERON (Higher Education Resources ON demand. Before working on Inspire, I also worked for a large museums group in the north east, Tyne and Wear Museums, in order to develop a better understanding of the links between the library and museum sectors.

Working with Inspire has given me an opportunity to get to know and understand other library sectors than the academic one and to appreciate more fully both the differences and the similarities in what drives them, what slows them down and what enables them to work effectively.

Adam Edwards

Adam Edwards is Head of Library Academic & Research Services and Deputy Librarian at Roehampton University, being responsible for the academic liaison librarians, library resources and library staffing. He has also worked for Central School of Speech and Drama, London South Bank
University, University of Hertfordshire and Bury Metropolitan Borough Libraries. Whilst at South Bank, he volunteered to take on the management of the then London Plus scheme. The principles of this scheme formed the basis of UK Libraries Plus (UKLP) and volunteering yet again, Adam has managed UKLP since it’s creation. UKLP is now merging with the SCONUL access schemes and so Adam is standing down as convenor. His talk is thus a chance to reflect on the success of UKLP so far and what may lie ahead.

Professor Andrew McDonald FCLIP

Andrew is Director of Library and Learning Services and Head of Lifelong Learning Centres at the University of East London. Previously he was Director of Information Services and Professor of Information Management and Strategy at the University of Sunderland, and before that Deputy Librarian at Newcastle University. He has planned award-winning new libraries at both latter institutions.

At the University of East London, Andrew is currently developing a new service strategy, leading cross-sector learning partnerships within the community and creating new library buildings. As well as developing new lifelong learning centres in London, he chairs the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries Working Group on Student-centred Services.

At national level, he chairs the International Panel of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the Society of College, National and University Libraries Working Group on Space Planning. Other national activities include the Higher Education Funding Council’s Space Management Group and the Department of Culture Media and Sport’s Inspiring Learning for All Group. Currently he is Director of a JISC-funded project concerned with the strategic management of ICT in colleges and universities, and he has acted as a new library consultant for numbers of universities in the sector.

Within the International Federation of Library Associations and Institution’s, Andrew is a member of University Libraries and other General Research Libraries Section and continues his involvement with its Section on Buildings and Equipment. Director of several international seminars for The British Council, he has undertaken training and consultancy work all over the world, most recently in China, Mexico and Lithuania.

Publications, conference papers and research work embrace digital libraries, strategic planning, quality management, distance and lifelong learning, information skills, staff development and library planning and design.

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