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Physical and digital Library spaces: the final frontier

This event includes speakers from both HE and FE along with professionals from Designing Libraries and the FaulkerBrowns architectural practice. There will also be a workshop activity that will provide attendees with something practical to take away with them.

When: 04/12/2018
From 09:30 AM to 16:00 PM
Where: Heritage Quay, 3rd floor Schwann Building
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield, ---  HD1 3DH
United Kingdom
Presenter: Chris Powis, Anne Llewellyn, Tracey Totty, Steve Dickson, David Lindley, Sarah Wickham
Contact: ARLG Secretary

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Physical and Digital Library Spaces: the final frontier
Tuesday 4th December 2018 – University of Huddersfield (09.30-16.30)

£75.00 (including VAT)


09.30 Arrival and tea / coffee
09.35 Welcome (ARLG Chair - Clare Langman)
09.40 Speaker 1: Chris Powis (Northampton University)
10.10 Speaker 2: Sarah Wickham (University of Huddersfield)
10.40 Speaker 3: Anne Llewellyn (Teesside University)
11.10 Break
11.20 Speaker 4: Tracey Totty (Middlesbrough College)
11.50 Speaker 5: David Lindley (Designing Libraries)
12.20 Speaker 6: Steve Dickson (Faulkner Brown Architects)
12.50 Lunch
13.15 Library Tour (optional)
13.45 Workshop: How do we know what kinds of spaces learners want? This workshop will explore putting UX methods into practice to ensure that we are delivering the right types of learning environments to our students Facilitated by Bryony Ramsden Huddersfield University
15.50 Summary and close
16.00 Heritage Quay Archives Tour (optional)

Speaker Biographies:

Tracey Totty (Middlesbrough College) - Space: the Final Frontier
Tracey Totty graduated with an MA Information and Library Management in 1999 from University of Northumbria. She became a Chartered Librarian in 2013 and has worked in academic libraries for over 15 years. Tracey is the Library Services Manager at Middlesbrough College responsible for the running and development of the Learning Resources Centre, which is increasingly moving to digital, social and cloud-based media.

David Lindley (Designing Libraries) - Not as we know it: How the idea of ‘library’ is evolving and why physical spaces still matter
David Lindley is Director of Designing Libraries ( an online directory of resources and an international news source about library design trends and new projects. He was formerly a marketing communications consultant in the libraries sector and has previously worked in the book industry.

Chris Powis (University of Northampton) - Where's the Library then: the Learning Commons at the University of Northampton
Chris is Head of Library and Learning Services at the University of Northampton where he has responsibility for library, learning technology and academic skills. He is a National Teaching Fellow and Fellow of CILIP and has led on the development of the Learning Hub at Northampton’s new Waterside campus.

Steve Dickson (FaulknerBrowns Architects) - Modern Library Design: a human centric approach
Steve is a Senior Associate of FaulknerBrowns Architects where he is Head of Interior Design. He has an in depth knowledge of various market sectors including offices, commercial mixed use, sports & leisure, education and libraries. His uncompromising high standards of design has delivered many award winning projects, however, Steve’s real passion is in delivering innovative customer focussed designs which respond to the changing nature of cultural, social and work influences. Over the years Steve has delivered many library solutions including Public Library of the Year. He has advised Cabe on library design and acted as Technical Advisor to Worcester County Council and Manchester City Council on library typologies and their relationships to users. His latest library is the multi award winning, The Word, National Centre for the Written Word.

Anne Llewellyn (Teesside University) - Transforming spaces to empower learning

Dr Anne Llewellyn is Deputy Director (Learning Development) in Student and Library Services at Teesside University. She has worked in Higher Education for over 25 years and has particular strengths in blended learning approaches and embedding technology enhanced learning approaches in the curriculum to enhance the student learning experience and engage students from diverse backgrounds in the lifelong learning process. Anne also has expertise in the development and evaluation of learning spaces and the importance of the relationship between learning space design and effective pedagogies. She led the evaluation phases of the library refurbishment at Teesside University and is currently leading research into the use of informal learning spaces across the University. Her doctoral research was on the use of immersive learning spaces to enhance professional skills development. Anne is also a member of the judging panel for the SCONUL Library Design Awards. She was awarded Principal Fellow of the HEA in 2015 and University Teaching Fellow in 2016.

Sarah Wickham (University of Huddersfield) – Heritage Quay: publicly engaging


Sarah Wickham is University Archivist & Records Manager at the University of Huddersfield.  Between 2012 and 2017 Sarah directed the £2million Heritage Lottery Fund/University funded project to transform the University’s Archives service which includes the capital development of Heritage Quay.  Sarah’s team was awarded the Times Higher Leadership & Management Award 2016 for “outstanding Library team”.  Active in professional and Service development in a range of organisations, Sarah was voted the inaugural Archives & Records Association Recordkeeper of the Year 2016.

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