SWAMP Libraries Together

South West and Mid Wales Regional Library Partnership SWAMP Staff Conference 2015

Thursday 9 July, Media Resource Centre, Llandrindod Wells

 Keeping Libraries Relevant

We live in a challenging time for libraries.  Digital access to information is in a seeming constant state of evolution, providing challenges for our users and ourselves, as library staff, to keep pace. Buildings, space and services are under pressure as the social context in which we provide them and the expectation around them alters.  The knowledge we as library staff need to do our jobs effectively shifts and develops in ways that make just keeping core skills up to date a demanding task.  At times, it seems the continuing need for libraries to exist is under question, such have been the changes to the environment we operate in and the scope of the challenges being faced.

Within this context, the theme for the 2015 SWAMP Staff conference is ‘Keeping Libraries Relevant’. During the day colleagues from all sectors will come together to explore how libraries can develop services, support the use of digital technologies and develop our own skills to remain in the place we need to be – at the centre of the communities we serve, providing the services that can make a difference to people’s lives, throughout their lives.

The conference is aimed at frontline staff and middle managers.

‘Staying relevant, becoming sustainable: challenges in a time of change’
Peter Gaw, Head of Libraries, Archives, Arts, Information & Learning Services, Nottinghamshire

‘Advocacy and professional development – how CILIP can support you’
Mandy Powell, Head of CILIP Cymru Wales
‘Working together to benefit our communities’
Communities First

Jane Purdie and Bethan Rogers, Audience Development Team,
All Wales – Libraries, Archives and Museums
The New LMS
Gareth Owen, Programme Manager WHELF Shared LMS
Engaging with Children: Storytelling
Cat Weatherill, Professional Storyteller, Author and Library Veteran

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