We’re back! Our 2021 Annual Seminar titled, Libraries: An essential part of local recovery, will take place on 19 – 20 October at Wyboston Lakes, a stunning new venue for us in Bedfordshire. The event is aimed at Heads of Service and is a much-needed occasion for us to come back together and focus on how we move forward following the pandemic. In particular we will look at how libraries contribute to economic recovery, education support, isolation mitigation, digital inclusion and cultural partnerships.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Digital and Culture
- Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick from Heriot-Watt University speaking about the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s destitution research
- Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust speaking about how to support school children as we begin to emerge from lockdown
- Kim Leadbeater from Jo Cox Foundation and Tackling Loneliness Network talking about isolation among vulnerable groups and how to help people to reconnect locally.
We will also stage a series of ignite talks about cultural partnerships between libraries and local artists and arts organisations; a panel session looking at how libraries can support economic recovery by helping businesses and entrepreneurs and offering opportunities to people interested in a career in libraries; and a series of workshops led by libraries and partners (provisional programme attached).
If you would like more information about the event please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.