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A huge thank you to everyone who made our Satellite in Birmingham such a success. How could it be anything else with such a wonderful range of speakers in a fabulous setting.

Our theme of public libraries in the digital world led to some interesting papers and a lot of discussion. Each of the 150 plus delegates came away with a very real awareness that we need to act now if public libraries are to remain relevant.

Our hosts the Library of Birmingham made us all so welcome in their outstanding new building. We’d also like to acknowledge our partners, CILIP and the Society of Chief Librarians for their assistance.


Thanks too for our colleagues from the CILIP Public and Mobile Libraries group who, among other things, arranged for us to be able to see some mobile libraries.

The papers from the conference will be available on the PLS website next week (when we all get back from IFLA in Lyon.



Public Libraries Satellite – Call for Proposals



The IFLA Public Libraries Section is now calling for proposals for its 2014 Satellite Meeting in Birmingham, UK 12-13 August.

The Conference theme Public Library Futures in a global digital world? provides great scope for presentations the on the  themes of the public library as a physical and a virtual space in the digital age and the public library as an economic driver that helps to regenerate and build communities.

Submissions will be accepted until 17 February 2014 … so get started!