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Virtual Annual Conference 2022


9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Event Type

All things being equal: the regional contribution of libraries 

Registration will close at 12pm on Tuesday 10th May.

The M25 Consortium’s 2022 virtual conference will take place on Wednesday 11th May. The conference will be held virtually on Zoom.

The theme this year is “All things being equal: the regional contribution of libraries” and will seek to explore community engagement and widening participation initiatives in M25 libraries. What does the civic agenda mean for academic libraries and how can libraries work with the community to address regional issues? What is ‘levelling up’ and what does this mean for our workforce? How are widening participation agendas impacting library staff, strategy, services and users? How do we work with other sectors effectively? 

Programme (subject to change)

09.30 Gold Sponsor session with OCLC: ‘Linked data as a cooperative effort’ (Annette Dortmund, Senior Product Manager, OCLC and Fiona Carr, Senior Account Manager, OCLC)

10.00 Break 

10.10 Welcome and opening remarks (Matthew Lawson, M25 Chair)

10.15 Keynote: Prof. Graeme Atherton, Head of the Centre for Inequality and Levelling Up at the University of West London and Director of the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON)

11.00 Break 

11.15 ‘Levelling Up at ARU Peterborough’ – Libby Homer and Rachel Geeson (Anglia Ruskin University)

11.45 ‘EPQ @ MDX: Supporting local students’ – Adam Edwards and Vanessa Hill (Middlesex University)

12.15 ‘The Decolonisation of the Library Student Champions project at the University of Essex’ – Sandy Macmillen and Esther Wilkinson (University of Essex)

12.45 Lunch break 

14.00 Business Continuity Task and Finish Group update

14.10 Diversity Task and Finish Group update

14.20 Mentoring Group update

14.30 ‘Using a regional contacts approach to outreach’ – Cathryn Peppard (Royal College of Nursing)

15.00 Short comfort break 

15.05 ‘Building a digital community: Widening engagement and community participation through virtual events’ – Greg Leurs (Royal Holloway, University of London)

15.35 Conference feedback 

15.45 Closing remarks 


With thanks to our Gold Sponsor OCLC

To view a short video about OCLC’s services please click here.

Join OCLC for the first talk of the day and hear how, over the last decade, OCLC has joined a number of national libraries and library organizations in publishing linked data. With the explosion of different efforts and initiatives, attention now turns to the ways in which the metadata can be maintained sustainably and in such a way to enable increased value while decreasing efforts. In January 2020, OCLC received a 2-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a shared “entity management infrastructure” providing a platform to support linked data initiatives throughout the library community.

In this session, we’ll discuss the initiative, its progress, and what it suggests for the future of metadata work in libraries, along with what this might mean in the context of the new agreement signed between OCLC and Jisc which provides an enhanced ability to share and reuse bibliographic metadata across UK higher education institutions.


With thanks to our Silver Sponsor Reassurance Security Services 


With thanks to our Bronze Sponsor Bibliotheca

Cost of attendance:

M25 Member Libraries:

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

Non-M25 Members: £65

Group discount: 3 or more paying delegates will receive a £5 discount per person if they book as a group e.g. 3 or more members would receive a delegate rate of £30pp, non-members £60pp. Please fill out one form per person and add a note to the form in the PO number box to state ‘group booking’. Please also email with the names of the group members so we can identify you when we receive your booking forms. Any queries about group booking should be sent to Group discount does not apply to member representatives using their free place and students.

Student rate: £10 – if you’re studying and working at an M25 library please use the member registration form and write ‘student’, as well as your job title, in the designated box. If you’re a student and not employed by an M25 member library please use the non-member form and write  ‘student’ in the designated job title box.

Conference Bursaries: Two bursaries supporting free attendance at the conference are available. If you’re a staff member in an M25 library please click here to view the Staff Development Award Scheme.  If you’re a LIS professional, or aspiring LIS professional, and not currently in education, employment or training please click here to view the Professional Support Bursary.

Cancellation policy: Cancellation is free until 23:59 on 4th May 2022. Cancellations after this date will be charged 50%. No-shows on the day will be charged 100%.

To register 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