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Virtual Annual Conference 2024 – Libraries Transformed and Transforming: technology, space, people


10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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The M25 Consortium’s 2024 conference will take place online on Thursday 6th June:


‘Libraries Transformed and Transforming: technology, space, people’

10.00    Welcome and opening remarks: David Archer, Chair of the M25 Consortium

10.15    Keynote: Conceptualising the future University Library at the University of Essex – Jonathan White, University of Essex

10.45    Q&A

11.00    Break

11.15    Paper: From recovery to consolidation: transforming Imperial War Museum’s research services, Presented by Dr Maria Castrillo, Imperial War Museum

11.45    Q&A

12.00    Paper: Transformational processes: Creating new libraries from old. Presented by Rowan Williamson, Chris Foreman, and Kelli Staake, University of the Arts London

12.20    Q&A

12.30    Break for lunch

13.30    Lightning talks # 1 Collections transforming and transformed through STEM-centred events, Presented by Sarah Pipkin, UCL Special Collections

13.40    Lightning Talk #1 Q&A

13.50    Lightning talk #2 Supercharging Digital Transformation: The Impact of a Library Digital Technologist at London Met Library, Presented by Ellie Murphy and Naomi Elliott, London Metropolitan University

14.00    Lightning talk #2 Q&A

14.10   Intro to the updates and the work being done by the task and finish groups

14.15   CPD25 update

14.30    Diversity Task and Finish Group update

14.40    Mentoring Group update – tbc

14.50    Summing up

15.00    Closing remarks


Speaker biographies:

Jonathan White, Director of Library and Cultural Services and University Librarian, University of Essex

Maria Castrillo, Head of Collections Access & Research, Imperial War Museum

Rowan Williamson is Associate Director for Library services and support at the University of the Arts (UAL). Rowan oversees the eight libraries and learning zones located around London, including the new library hubs at High Holborn and Lime Grove, London College of Fashion’s flagship new building at Stratford (Eastbank) and London College of Communications new building in development at Elephant and Castle.

Rowan has worked in education libraries for over 20 years, leading a number of library space projects, including redesigns, refurbishments and library moves.

Chris Foreman has, since September 2020, been the Associate Director (Content and Discovery) within Library Services at University of the Arts, London (UAL). At UAL, Chris oversees the University Library and Archive collections across what is now 8 Libraries and 2 Archives – including the newly re-located London College of Fashion Archive and the soon-to-be re-located Archives and Special Collection Centre at London College of Communication.

Chris has been employed in Higher Education Libraries for nearly 25 years and has previously worked at Senate House Library, University of London – where he was Associate Director for Operations and Services – and at the University of Roehampton.

Kelli Staake, University of the Arts London

Sarah Pipkin (she/her) is the Outreach and Exhibitions Coordinator at UCL Special Collections. Her role includes supporting the use of collections in teaching sessions and events for internal and external audiences, as well as project managing library exhibitions for UCL’s Bloomsbury campus. She is also studying for an MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL.

Ellie Murphy  is a Library Digital Technologist at London Metropolitan University. In previous roles Ellie has worked in Academic Liaison at University of Westminster Library and as a Digital Skills Manager at University of Huddersfield.  Her current role harmoniously combines her recent experience in digital skills training and her background in libraries.

 Ellie is a strong advocate of digital technology and loves helping people make the most of digital tools in their work and life.

Naomi Elliott, London Metropolitan University


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 students or member representatives using their free place.

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.

Cancellation policy: Cancellation is free until 23:59 on 30th May 2024. Cancellations after this date will be charged 50%. No-shows on the day will be charged 100%.


Electronic CPD attendance certificates can be provided on request. Please request via


To book a place please use our online booking forms. Please remember to include a PO number if required.

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