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SLA conference 2016: “My model for business is The Beatles.” – Your part in sustaining and creating a successful team [Event Ref. No. TG4/SLA]


9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Dana Research Centre and Library
165 Queens Gate, London, SW7 5HD

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Cpd25 is pleased to bring you our ninth annual event, designed for those who supervise staff, services or both. Following our previous successes, the day will encourage participants to consider how we both create and sustain successful teams in our workplace.

How did The Beatles go from this:

To this:

Over the course of the day we will consider how teams respond to changes in priorities and environment. How, as team members, can we become proactive about change and utilise team strengths to ensure that we are ready to engage with future challenges?

This will be a highly participative day with plenty of opportunities for networking – enabling attendees to share their experiences and best practice.

This event is open to all, but would benefit in particular Senior Library Assistants, Information Services Supervisors, Library Assistants, Information Assistants (or their equivalent).

And why did Steve model his business on The Beatles?

“They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs (“60 Minutes”, 2003)


Event programme:

09.30-10.00:           Tea/coffee and registration

10.00-10.30:          Managing teams through change: how hard can it be?!

Jackie Marfleet (Senate House Librarian, University of London)

10.30-10.45:           Tea/coffee

10.45-12.30:           Visits to one of the following: Dana Research Centre and Library, Natural History Museum Library, or  Royal Geographical Society Library

12.30-13.30:           Lunch

13.30-14.15:           With a little help from my friends – case studies in improving teams

Karen Ellis-Rees (London College of Fashion), Sally Brock (King’s College London), Monna Rizvi (Middlesex University)

14.15-14.30:           Tea/coffee

14.30-15.30:           Getting better – breakout sessions on utilising team strengths and being more proactive about change

15.30-16.00:           Closing & feedback



Dana Research Centre and Library, 165 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5HD

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£150 for members and £225 for other institutions.

Cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, the full fee will be charged.

To book a place please use our online booking form.

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