What is the future role of libraries? Have your say at our British Library debate

Over the next few months we will be talking to library users, local communities and our partners about how we can reshape local library provision with less resource.

As part of this programme of events we will be holding an event at the British Library Conference Centre, from 6 to 7pm on Wednesday 25 March 2015 (Doors to open and registration to take place from 5.45pm).

The topic for the event is ‘What is the role for public libraries in the 21st Century?’ and will include a Question Time-style debate where you can pose your question to an exciting panel of experts.

The panel will include, Dr Kristian Jensen, Head of Collections and Curation at the British Library, Brian Ashley, Director, Libraries, Arts Council England, Tony Durcan OBE, Assistant Director Digital Newcastle, Newcastle City Council and Annemarie Naylor MBE, Director at Common Futures.

Councillor Abdul Hai, Cabinet member for Culture, Customers and Communities said: “The British Library debate is just one way by which we hope to give as many people as possible the opportunity to have their say, generate ideas and join us as we debate and consider what a modern library service could look like.

We hope this will be a lively event that will challenge thinking, attract attention and spark interest in the work that we and others need to undertake over the coming months.”

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book online via Eventbrite.

If you are unable to attend but would like to share your ideas you can still do so online at our online space to collect residents’ views.

Our formal statutory consultation on the future of library services will launch in May.

For more information about the event submit a question for consideration please contact [email protected].

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