Libraries of the UK! Share your story at the OCLC EMEA Regional Council meeting in Edinburgh!

Are you working in a library in the United Kingdom? This is the chance to share your thoughts with us. On 20 and 21 February 2018, OCLC will hold its annual EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Edinburgh. To follow each year’s tradition, we have organised a series of five lightning talks. The lightning talks will take place on Tuesday 20 February.

How will the Lightning Talks work?

We would particularly like to know innovative ideas and practices that make your library “smarter”. Here are a few ideas for talks that focus on the many aspects of our theme:

  • Innovative uses of library spaces
  • Personalised customer/patron services
  • Balancing human engagement with automation
  • Use of artificial intelligence/robots
  • Service customisations
  • Embedding the library in the community

The proposal should consist of no more than 150 words in English, describing a project or programme you are working on either in your library or within your community.

The Executive Committee of OCLC EMEA Regional Council will consider all proposals and contact you by 1 December 2017. We will waive the conference fee for the selected speakers (please note that we cannot subsidise travel and accommodation). The audience will vote for the best talk and the winner will receive a prize.

Please send us your inspiring stories, so that we can share them with an audience of librarians from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Please follow the link button below to complete and submit the form before 15 November. We look forward to hearing your stories!

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