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Virtual Annual Conference 2021: The Future of Libraries

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Date(s) - 30/03/2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


The M25 Consortium’s 2021 annual conference will take place on Tuesday 30th March. The conference will be held virtually on zoom. 

The conference topic , The Future of Libraries, will seek to help colleagues in M25 libraries better prepare operationally and strategically for the future of the sector.  The conference is open to members and non-members. Further information on the conference topic and conference posters can be found here. To register for the event please see below.  

Programme (subject to change)

09.15 – 09.45 AM Digital: Primary Sources for Teaching and Research (Gold Sponsor Session)

To register for the Gold Sponsor Session please contact

10.00 Welcome and opening remarks – Matthew Lawson (M25 Consortium Chair)

10.10 Keynote: ‘title TBC’ – Professor Shân Wareing (University of Northampton) 

10.50 ‘Libraries: the most truly democratic space?’ – Elizabeth Malone and Sara Burnett (Kingston University) 

11.20 Comfort break 

11.30 ‘Developing digital collections, practices, and spaces at UAL’ – Elisabeth Thurlow (University of the Arts London) 

12.00 Wellbeing Task and Finish Group update – Pete Williams (Birkbeck, University of London) and Paula Funnell (Queen Mary University of London)

12.15 Diversity Task and Finish Group update – Katie Winter (University of Surrey)

12.30 Break 

13.15  ‘The road to Open Research: promoting and fostering a sharing culture at the University of Reading’ – Karen Rowlett and Robert Darby (University of Reading)   

13.45 ‘Reaching Out to Our Future Students: EPQ & Library Services at University of Westminster’ – Eleri Kyffin and Sara Hafeez (University of Westminster) 

14.15 ‘Funding our Future! Public Engagement and Grant Income for Libraries’ – Sarah Chaney & Teresa Doherty (Royal College of Nursing) 

14.45 Closing remarks 


Gold Sponsor

AM Digital: Primary Sources for Teaching and Research

Thank you to our sponsor.

Cost of attendance:

M25 Member Libraries:

  • One free place (normally for the M25 Representative) as the standard benefit of membership
  • Additional places £35

Non-M25 Members: £50

Cancellation policy: Cancellation is free until 23:59 on 22nd March 2021. Cancellations after this date will be charged 50%. No-shows on the day will be charged 100%.

To reserve a place please fill out the booking form using the links below. Please remember to include your PO number as bookings cannot be confirmed without this. Members are reminded to use their M25 Vouchers where available.

Booking form for M25 Members   Booking form for non-Members