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1964 and All That: Modernising Your Public Library Service

Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library and Dr Liz Lyon, Director of UKOLN, have been invited to speak at the MLA/LGA Conference on modernisation of public library services. The Conference will take place on 14 December 2009 at the Local Government House Conference Centre, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ. With the publication of the modernisation review of the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) in the offing, this conference reflects the importance that both the Museums Libraries and Archives Council and the Local Government Association attach to this issue. The development of digital platforms within public library services has become an area of increasing importance and this conference is designed for leaders and chief executives, frontline councillors and portfolio holders responsible for libraries as well as directors and heads of library, adult and community well-being and cultural services.

The conference will bring together expert practitioners and policy-makers from the field and will offer a programme to examine questions such as: how to place libraries on the agenda of senior managers and elected members; how councils approach change management in the library service in order to deliver efficiencies; how best to implement and influence recent review findings; how to ensure libraries deliver for all communities, and; what benefits do developments in digital technoologies hold for public library services. It is the last issue which Lynne Brindley and Liz Lyon will principally address in the session entitled "The Digital Future for Libraries".

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