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10th April 2018

Dear Customer,

We are excited to let you know that this year's bibliotheca Library Forum, a free all-day customer event, will take place on Wednesday 23rd
May 2018, at Nottingham Conference Centre.

Please take a look at the agenda for the day:

9.30 - Arrival
10.00 - Welcome
10.20 - Ken Chad
10.50 - Breakout session 1
11.30 - Beanstalk
11.45 - Martin Burton
12.15 - Breakout session 2
12.55 - Lunch 
14.00 - Breakout session 3
14.40 - Library Champion
14.55 - Aat Vos
15.55 - Close
16.00 - Finish

The breakout sessions will include a selection of product demonstrations and the chance to visit Nottingham Trent University Library.


Aat Vos

After more than twenty years of experience, international creative guide and architect Aat Vos developed a unique view of spaces with a public program. He has won several prizes in this field and is a frequent speaker on the topic. In addition, Aat Vos works as an advisor for the renewal of libraries and other public places throughout Europe. In collaboration with residents and professionals he elevates public spaces to a higher level and transforms them into urban living rooms, third places for all - a reference to the spiritual father of third places, Dr. Ray Oldenburg. These spaces are valuable for both the immediate environment and for the region as a whole. Although Vos specializes in libraries, the principles he follows are universally applicable. This is also reflected in his book 3RD4ALL - How to Create a Relevant Public Space (2017, nai010 publishers) - - ISBN 978-94-6208-351-6.


Ken Chad

Ken gained his Masters Degree from the Information Science Department at City University in London. He is also an alumnus of the Warwick University Business School Business Innovation and Growth Programme. He has over 20 years software business experience and has worked at Executive Director/Board level. His customers included a wide range of academic, research, college, public, corporate and national libraries in the UK and throughout the world. His consulting activities include work for businesses, academic institutions, local authorities, sector bodies such as Jisc, SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) and government (DCMS). He has published and presented widely on the strategic impact of technology-driven change, library technology, research systems and ebooks. Ken is a member (MCLIP) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), American Library Association (ALA) and SOCITM. He is an Advisory Board member for the new open access journal Studies in Arts and Humanities (SAH). Past pro bonoactivities included being a committee member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) and UKSG which ‘exists to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication’. He set up and manages a number of free, open community resources including Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech), Local Government Library Technology (LGLibTech) and Open Specifications for Library Systems (LibTechRFP). LinkedIn profile:


Martin Burton

Martin Burton is the Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire Council, a post that includes responsibility for sport, heritage arts and libraries. He was involved in the creation of the LibrariesWest consortium which involves seven authorities in the South West delivering shared library services to the sub region. He has recently been appointed a trustee of The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL).
In his spare time Martin is a lifelong supporter of Blackburn Rovers, helps run a community centre and a running group.
If you would like to attend the event, click on the link below to register your place. Please forward this email to any of your colleagues who may wish to attend.

Kind Regards

The bibliotheca team