IFLA Satellite Conference

Public Library Futures in a global digital world

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Tue, 12th Aug 2014 - 8:30am to Wed, 13th Aug 2014 - 5:00pm

Organised by the Public Libraries Section of IFLA, in collaboration with CILIP and the Society of Chief Librarians in England,  this two-day satellite conference is hosted by the new Library of Birmingham and provides an opportunity to discuss the latest developments in the public library world in the largest and most iconic public library in Europe.

In a rapidly changing environment please join us explore and examine the opportunities surrounding public libraries.  

Hosted by the new and highly anticipated Library of Birmingham, from Tuesday 12 to Wednesday 13 August 2014 the conference will provide the opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the world, and explore the synergy between physical and virtual spaces.  You are invited to hear about how colleagues have successfully broken these barriers and positioned new library spaces as drivers for regeneration and community capacity building.

Speakers have been handpicked from leading practitioners around the globe, and the Public Libraries Section of IFLA look forward to meeting you in Birmingham this August. The conference hashtag is  #IFLAPubLib

Places for this conference are limited therefore we advise you to book early to guarantee your place BOOK NOW.

We are working with our accommodation partners Meet Birmingham to offer discounted rates on a number of local hotels for all our delegates. Visit www.meetbirmingham.com/plsm2014 for a list of hotels, discount vouchers and travel information or go directly to book your accommodation


Innovative Interfaces - sponsors of lunch and refreshments
Innovative is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers the broadest and most complete portfolio of library automation products on the market today. Innovative's flagship library services platform, Sierra, is the most rapidly adopted product in library automation history. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions also include the Polaris and Millennium Integrated Library Systems, the Encore discovery solution, the Decision Center collection management tool, the SkyRiver cataloging service, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in over 50 countries and has offices around the world.

SOLUS and thedesignconcept - Exhibition Bus
SOLUS and thedesignconcept are two UK based companies that are working together to combine cutting edge library design and unique discovery technology. By incorporating the latest digital magic from SOLUS into the sleek bespoke designed library furniture, a beautiful and innovative solution has emerged! SOLUS and thedesignconcept have built the most amazing exhibition….on wheels! Delegates will have the opportunity to step aboard and see this truly amazing experience. 

Bolinda - BorrowBox - Exhibition Stand

Bolinda digital. Market leader. Digital expert. Creator of BorrowBox.  BorrowBox provides libraries a complete end-to-end digital lending service.  BorrowBox is the world’s most advanced library download solution and home to the world’s best authors and titles.

BorrowBox enables library members to browse and borrow bestselling eBooks and eAudiobooks online and from any device for limited periods through digital loans.  The world’s most innovative digital lending solution also incorporates a dedicated eBook reader and eAudiobook player. 

Thanks to the BorrowBox mobile app for Apple i0S and Android devices, library members can now borrow, download and enjoy eBooks and eAudiobooks anywhere, everywhere.  BorrowBox – Your Library in one app.


  • Vera Binz

    Head of Science and Economy Division

    ZLB Library, Berlin, Germany

    Vera Binz, is the Head of the sciences and economy division at the Central and Regional Library Berlin. Vera graduated in Media Studies from Technical University of Ilmenau and in Library and Information Science from Humboldt University Berlin. She worked in standardization and interoperability at the German National Library and German Press Agency. Her main field of interest is the redefinition of libraries' functions in the digital world.

  • Elisabet Brynge

    Development Manager

    County of Örebro, Sweden

    Elisabet Brynge is a Development manager at the County of Örebro, responsible for development within the 12 municipal public libraries in the region. Her main issues are supporting the development of media, literature and social media services.

  • Laura Cole

    BiblioTech Administrator

    Bibliotech, San Antonio, Texas

  • Janene Cox

    Past President

    Society of Chief Librarians, England

    Janene began her career working for Birmingham City Council as an Information Librarian based within Birmingham’s reference Library. Since then she has worked for Northamptonshire County Council as a Principle Librarian, and then as Central Library Manager. She moved to Staffordshire in 2004 as the Head of Library Services and in 2010 became the Commissioner for Tourism and the Cultural County. Janene has been a member of the Society of Chief Librarians Executive since 2008 and became President in May 2012. During 2013 Janene was a member of the independent panel which advised and informed the Independent Review of e.lending commissioned by the DCMS and Chaired by William Sieghart. She is also a member of the expert panel led by William Sieghart , announced in February 2014 ,which has been commissioned by the DCMS and DCLG to produce an independent report into Public Libraries. Since 2008 she has been a Trustee of The Reading Agency, an independent charity with a mission to inspire people to read more.

  • Sarah Dudek

    Head of Humanities and Social Science Division

    ZLB Library, Berlin, Germany

    Sarah is the Head of the humanities and social science division at the Central and Regional Library Berlin, Germany. Sarah studied literature and philosophy in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Seattle. She worked for several publishing houses. Later she studied Library and Information Science in Berlin and started to work at the Central and Regional Library. Her focus of interest are collection development, e-books, project management, collection marketing.

  • Henriette Dybdal

    Team Leader

    County Library of Roskilde, Denmark

    Henriette is Team Leader at the County Library of Roskilde in Denmark. Henriette has been working with Makerculture and Makerspaces since 2012, and has made numerous experiments with events and exhibitions on how libraries can interact with their community and patrons using ideas from the makerculture. Her work is based on developing ecosystems and networks in the local community.

  • Ciara Eastell


    Society of Chief Librarians & Head of Libraries, Culture and Heritage Devon County Council

    Ciara Eastell is President of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and Head of Libraries, Culture and Heritage for Devon County Council. Ciara has 20 years of professional experience in public libraries, having previously worked for library services in Gateshead, Cambridgeshire and Somerset, as well as The Reading Agency.

  • Jean Fairbairn

    Public Library Innovation Programme Communications Coordinator, EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), Italy

    Jean Fairbairn works with EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme and is responsible for communication strategy development and coordination, including building grantee libraries’ capacity. Jean has over 20 years’ experience in international development, working with information and communication (print and broadcast media, resource centres and libraries), and an MA in Communication for Development.

  • Brian Gambles


    Library of Birmingham and Chief Executive, Library of Birmingham Development Trust

    Brian Gambles was educated in Liverpool and at Oxford University. He joined Birmingham Library Services in 1987 after spending several years in university libraries. Since 2006 he has directed the project to create and deliver the Library of Birmingham, one of Europe’s foremost cultural developments, which he now leads. The LoB has proved to be a ground-breaking model for physical and digital delivery of library and archive services. The Library was opened in September 2013 by Malala Yousafzhai, to worldwide media acclaim and instant popularity, with over 1 million visitors in the first three hundred days. Brian has an extensive track record over 25 years of developing and securing funding for innovative projects featuring partnership with the academic sector, community engagement and resource discovery through digital technology. As Chief Executive of the recently formed Library of Birmingham Development Trust, launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in October 2010, Brian has developed and implemented a strategy for volunteer and donor engagement.

  • Dolores Gandara Sanz


    Libraries of Barcelona

    Dolores Gándara Sanz, is a Librarian at Libraries of Barcelona. She has a Degree in Documentation and a Degree in History from the University of Barcelona. Dolores has worked in Libraries of Barcelona since 2005, and she is currently an ICT technician in the Technical Department of Coordination and Services. She has also worked as a documentarian in the private sector.

  • Gary Green

    Technical Librarian

    Surrey Public Library Service, UK

    Gary Green is Technical Librarian for Surrey Public Library Service. His current responsibilities include catalogue development, EDI support and supporting the development of on-line web and social media services. He is also a founder member of Voices For The Library, a national public libraries advocacy group.

  • Corinne Hill

    Library Director

    Chattanooga Public Library

    Corinne Hill has been Executive Director of the Chattanooga Public Library since March 2012. She is a sought after public speaker and thought leader on the future of public libraries. Corinne addressed the FCC during the 2013 Broadband Summit and was a presenter on the Leadership & Collaborative Innovation panel at the NextLibrary 2013 Conference in Denmark. She was recently elected by The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to serve on the Governing Board's Standing Committee for the upcoming 2013-2017 term. She is also the 2013 recipient of the Urban Libraries Council's Joey Rodgers Leadership Award. Corinne was recently selected as Library Journal’s 2014 Librarian of the Year. Prior to Chattanooga, she served as the Interim Director of Libraries for the Dallas Public Library. She is a current member of the American Library Association, The Public Library Association, and Reforma / National Association to Promote Library Services to Latinos.

  • Ayub Khan

    Customer Services Manager (Face to Face)

    Warwickshire County Council

    Ayub Khan is currently Customer Services Manager (Face to Face) for Warwickshire County Council, an executive board-member of the Society of Chief Librarians, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library Professionals, and sits on the IFLA Buildings Committee. He was recently appointed MBE for his services to libraries.

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    Sue Lawson

    Service Development Coordinator Manchester Libraries

    Information and Archives

    Sue Lawson is a Service Development Coordinator for Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives. Sue manages the PATLIB service and looks after the library’s social media channels, library app and runs the Manchester Zoom website. She has worked with the local tech community to deliver innovative digital literacy programmes across the city including Coding for Girls, Robogals, Arduino workshops , IT for Women (from basic IT to programming and web development) plus Internet Radio Production and Video Game Development. In her spare time Sue organises LibraryCamp UK, an unconference for people interested in libraries and LibraryFest UK – a brand new festival celebrating public libraries.

  • Marina Polderman


    Noord Oost Brabantse Bibliotheken, Netherlands

    Marina Polderman MSc has a background in organisation design and development and works as librarian and library innovator for the Noord Oost Brabantse Bibliotheken. She is the initiator of the Wisdom in times of crises community.

  • Ms Huang Qunqing

    Professorial Librarian

    Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province, China

    Qunqing is a professorial Librarian at the Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province in China. This paper was written in collaboration with Liu Honghui, Chief Librarian, Board chairman Guangdong Library Society

  • Jan Richards

    ILFA Public Libraries Section

    Jan Richards is Chair of the Australian Public Library Alliance, Information Coordinator of the IFLA Standing Committee on Public Libraries and a member of the IFLA Committee on Standards. She is a former President of the Australian Library and Information Association and a member of the Library Council of NSW. In her ‘day’ job Jan is Manager of Central West Libraries, a multi council service in regional Australia.

  • Geoff Strempel

    Associate Director

    Public Library Services, State Library of South Australia

    Geoff Strempel is the Associate Director, Public Library Services at the State Library of South Australia. Geoff has spent much of his professional life working in public libraries including managing South Australia’s largest public library service – Onkaparinga. He is currently managing the SA Public Library Network’s central support agency. In this role he is responsible for the rollout of the State-wide One Card Project, and blogs about at http://librariessa.blogspot.com.au/.

  • Allan Thomsen Volhøj


    County Library of Roskilde, Denmark

    Allan Thomsen Volhøj is a Librarian at the County Library of Roskilde in Denmark. Allan has been working with Makerculture and Makerspaces since 2012, and has made numerous experiments with events and exhibitions on how libraries can interact with their community and patrons using ideas from the makerculture. His work is based on developing ecosystems and networks in the local community.

  • Jens Thorhauge

    Independent Senior Adviser and Consultant

    Jens Thorhauge works as an independent senior adviser and consultant. Until 2012 he was CEO at the Danish Agency for Libraries and Media, where, for fifteen years, he was in charge of developing infrastructure and new service concepts for libraries. Earlier he was Director of the Danish Library Association and for many years’ a lecturer, researcher and consultant at the Royal School of Library and Information Science. Jens is also an author of many articles and books.

  • Hans van Duijnhoven

    Librarian and Library Manager

    Noord Oost Brabanste Bibliotheken, Netherlands

    Hans van Duijnhoven works as librarian and library manager for the Noord Oost Brabantse Bibliotheken and is initiator of The Stalwart Readers community. He is the winner of the National Library Innovation Award 2013.

  • Eva Wilenius

    Services Manager

    Espoo City Moblie Library, Finland

    Eva is the Services Manager, Espoo City Mobile Library in Finland. She has an MA in Nordic Literature, Cultural Anthropology and Information Science and has had the luck of working for the library of Espoo for nine years, an adventure with constantly new challenges.

Library of Birmingham

Centenary Square, Broad Street
B1 2ND Birmingham

United Kingdom

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