The SCONUL Winter Conference took place at the Royal College of Physicians, London on 21 November, with the theme of "The Visible Library: Demonstrating our Value".
Highlights of the conference included Professor Graham Henderson discussing the importance of the library at Teesside in meeting the University's strategic objectives; Paul Farmer of the charity Mind, sharing his campaign expertise as well as advice to promote good mental health for students and employees; and three case studies of how to use evidence to demonstrate value and increase the visibility of the library.
Delegates also had the opportunity, in workshops, to further examine the perceptions, positive and negative, of some of our key stakeholders (Academics, VCs, Finance Directors, and Government). The outcomes of these discussions were reported back to delegates in a panel discussion.
Read the Twitter highlights from the day.
Conference agenda and presentations
Opportunities and Challenges for the Modern Academic Library: A VC’s perspective
Professor Graham Henderson CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Teesside University
Leading for value added
Margaret Weaver, Head of Library and Student Services, University of Cumbria
Ethnography for Impact: new ways of exploring user experience in libraries
Andy Priestner, Information & Library Services Manager, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Eureka – enabling student-led innovation and engagement at the University of Manchester Library
Lorraine Beard, Head of Digital Technologies and Services, University of Manchester
Translation, Communication and Mental Health
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive Officer, Mind