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Annual Conference 2024

The conference was held online and took place on Thursday 6th June 2024 from 10.00 to 15.30. All member institutions received one free place. Further places received discounted attendance fees, and group booking discounts were also available.  The full programme and booking forms can be found on the event page.

Conference title 2024: Libraries Transformed and Transforming: technology, space, people

Conference themes include:

  • Library space and/or services in the new digitally transformed era
  • Digital transformation – space
  • Digital transformation – library teams – how are staff affected?
  • Digital transformation – collections
  • How are students/ users using Library Space / Independent Study
  • Other space uses – experimentation, research, digital humanities, maker-spaces
  • New modes of hybrid working (for staff/for researchers/for users/for students)
  • When is a library not a library?
  • Increases in student/user numbers – and how library space is affected/ challenged
  • Fresh look at SCONUL’s scenarios for Libraries of the Future – how has the changing technological landscape affected the scenarios
  • AI and library services/staff/content
  • How are Special Collections and Archives transforming and transformed
  • Virtual services developed in the pandemic and now absorbed into business as usual

Whether looking to the recent past or future, we want to offer an annual conference that enables delegates to return to their institutions with practical ideas to follow up and consider implementing in their own service. The conference is attended by a wide range of library staff, from library assistants to directors of library services. The type of libraries they represent reflect the diversity of the M25 Consortium membership: there will be HE libraries represented alongside national, museum and special research collection libraries.