Lighting the Future – a joint annual conference held at Beaumont House Estate, Windsor June 8-10
It was the first time since 2000 that the three groups responsible for school and youth libraries (School Library Association, Youth Libraries Group and the School Libraries Group) have held a joint conference.
The overarching theme was “the child in society” and speakers addressed the particular challenges facing libraries for young people in these straitened times.
Amongst the highlights of the conference were the two wide ranging panel discussion:
- Friday evening, Bev Humphrey(Independent trainer), Jonathan Douglas (NLT) and Dave Coplin (Microsoft) discussed the relationship between reading and technology , encouraging delegates to embrace the new opportunities for promoting reading which are offered by the developments in technology.
- The following day, Simon Mayo chaired a discussion panel with Aiden Chambers, Annie Mauger, Nic Amy, David Reedy and Miranda McKearney in which the panel reflected on how the current political climate is affecting libraries.
In amongst the weighty matters of the conference were plenty of author sessions including stories from John Agard’s recent” Goldilocks and the CCTV”, Maggie Stiefvater’s, “The Scorpio Races” as well as a visit from Morris Gleitzman the author of “Once” and “Then.”