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The Future of Librarians


4:15 pm

Event Type

The Future of Librarians
28th April, 2009
Birkbeck College, Malet Street

The day will explore the likely changes in the roles of librarians in academic libraries, given the current and expected changes in technology, study/research methods, collections etc. What qualifications and skills will future librarians need? What type of managers will be needed? What leadership skills are required and how are we going to enable library staff to develop them?


9.45 – 10.15 Registration, coffee

10.15 – 10.25 Introduction
10.25 – 11.00 Speaker 1 Mary Nixon, Goldsmith’s:
Employers’ expectations
11.00 – 11.35 Speaker 2 Susie Andretta, London Metropolitan:
CPD for Academic Librarians in the 21st Century – challenges and solutions?

11.35 – 11.55 coffee break

11.55 – 12.30 Speaker 3 Liz Jolly, Teeside University:

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.05 Speaker 4 Gill Needham, Open University:
The evolving information professional flexible online course from the OU.
14.05 – 14.40 Speaker 5 Emma Hadfield, Senior Assistant Librarian, University of Huddersfield:
Research project on professional development, skills and gender

14.40 – 15.00 coffee break

15.00 – 15.35 Speaker 6 Biddy Fisher, Sheffield Hallam and vice president, CILIP. The role of CILIP
15.35 – 16.05 Panel discussion
16.05 – 16.15 Closing summary

To reserve a space on this event either complete our online booking form at,com_philaform/Itemid,98/form_id,2/
or email us directly at

Cost: £60 for CPD25 members and £75 for other institutions, including lunch and refreshments.

Please note that there are limited places available for this event.

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.

Directions to Birkbeck College can be found here:

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