BIRMINGHAM, UK, 20 October 2011—The OCLC EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee have announced the programme for its third Regional Meeting which will take place on the 28 and 29 February 2012 in Birmingham, UK. The programme has been extended to two full days to accommodate an agenda that will see speakers from Netherlands, Sweden, UK and the US discussing a vision for the future library.
The theme of the Meeting is Developing A New Blend of Library. The theme draws its inspiration, in no small part, to the Meeting’s location, Birmingham. The city is soon to be the site of Europe’s largest city centre public lending library, when the Library of Birmingham opens its doors in 2013. The opening Keynote for the event will be Francine Houben, Architect and visionary for the new library and Brian Gambles, Chief Executive of the Library of Birmingham Development Trust.
Robin Green, Deputy Librarian, University of Warwick, is the current Chair of OCLC EMEA Regional Council. He said of the Meeting “The theme has been chosen to reflect how libraries and other cultural heritage organisations are blending physical and digital 'space' to reach out to their communities with new types of service. We value the opportunity for OCLC Members in our region to meet and consider such important issues. Ours is a rich and diverse community with views and experiences that broaden individual perspectives. We know that libraries are not limited in their vision and that they look beyond borders to find examples of good practice. The Meeting offers a great opportunity for Members to expand their outlook.”
As in previous years, the Meeting will be attended by OCLC’s Strategic Leadership Team. The Meeting provides a valuable opportunity for them to meet with and listen to the views of members from the region. This year will be of special significance as it will be the last EMEA Regional Council Meeting, Jay Jordan, President and CEO of OCLC, will present to before his retirement in June 2012. Mr Jordan will be sharing a platform with Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director of OCLC EMEA and Robin Murray, Vice-President, Global Product Management.
Other highlights of the Meeting will be a Plenary session led by Lorcan Dempsey asking “What Business Are We In?”, with sessions on collaborative research projects from David White of Oxford University and Alison Cullingford, RLUK’s Unique and Distinctive Collections Project Manager.
The closing Keynote will be from Pelle Snickars of the National Library of Sweden. In what promises to be a provocative and engaging conclusion to the Meeting, “The Future of Media” will ask us to contemplate what visionaries like Steve Jobs would have envisaged for libraries had they diverted their career paths, and chosen to start all over in the library sector.
The Meeting is open to all libraries and cultural institutions. More information on the programme and registration can be found on the EMEA meetings page.
The OCLC EMEA Regional Council is on Twitter, you can follow @oclcemearc. And, you can join the group OCLC EMEARC 2012 Birmingham on LinkedIn. The group will provide a forum for attendees, organizers and speakers to channel their thoughts, questions and ideas in advance of the Meeting to ensure a fulfilling experience for all.
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