Innovation in public libraries

14.20 – Wednesday 3rd July

Never Going Underground: LGBT Archive Collections at Manchester Central Library

Outside of London, Manchester is home to the UK’s largest LGBT community and has long been renowned for its Gay Village centred on Canal Street. The history of Manchester’s LGBT history is part of the social and cultural fabric of the city and the North West region. This presentation will explore the work done by Archives+ at Manchester Central Library to document this unique and essential story.

Neil MacInnes, Strategic Lead – Libraries, Galleries and Culture, Manchester City Council

Neil has over 30 years experience in public libraries having worked in a range of roles with Glasgow City Council during a 20-year period and is now Strategic Lead for Libraries, Galleries and Culture with Manchester City Council and has led the library and archive service since 2010. He led on the £50m refurbishment of Manchester Central Library and the wider library transformation programme across the city. Neil is Past President of Libraries Connected and a Board Member of Public Libraries 2030.

Larysa Bolton, Service Delivery Specialist – Archives and Heritage, Manchester City Council

Larysa has worked at a variety of archive services in Greater Manchester over the last 20 years. Larysa’s role involves working closely with the Archives+ Partnership and across Greater Manchester’s archive services to ensure the archive collections reflect the rich diversity and heritage of the city region.


100% Digital Leeds: Digital Inclusion Matters

100% Digital Leeds is a cross sector collaboration led by Leeds Libraries, working to ensure that everyone in the city has the digital skills they need. We want everyone in Leeds to understand how digital would benefit them, be able to gain the skills they need to make the most of digital and get connected. This presentation shows how Leeds Libraries is leading this digital inclusion movement for the city.

Amy Hearn, Digital Inclusion Coordinator, 100% Digital Leeds

Amy is Digital Inclusion Coordinator for 100% Digital Leeds, the city-wide digital inclusion project led by Leeds Libraries. She came to Leeds Libraries almost a year ago after more than a decade in various roles at Kirklees Libraries where, amongst other things, she launched the now international #MicrobitsInLibraries scheme in partnership with The Micro:bit Foundation. In her personal time Amy volunteers as a Girlguiding leader and is Chair of Huddersfield Girl Geeks.


Open geographic intelligence with library data

In the UK we have a wealth of open data on places and locations. This includes population counts, demographics, access to services, income, crime, health, car ownership, and a lot more. We can use this data, combined with map tools, to refine services. This presentation will look at geographic intelligence in the context of mobile libraries: examining  population within walking distance of library stops, route analysis, areas most in need of mobile services, and creating a single data set of mobile library stops across the UK.

Dave Rowe, Software Developer, Libraries Hacked

Dave is Development Technical Lead in a software engineering team, working in local government. He has previously worked in a public library consortium as Systems Officer, working on new library systems and data analysis. Libraries Hacked is a project to work with library services who are willing to release open data, to use that data in new ways by creating software and data tools

Creative engagement in library service development

Libraries have developed a successful programme of creative interventions to deliver our targeted work with vulnerable teens and adults.  We work collaboratively with local creative practioners and a variety of partner organisations, including the University of Huddersfield, to develop these projects.  This way of working has helped to raise our profile within Health, Education & Cultural settings.

Kirstie Wilson, Kirklees Libraries

Kirstie has worked for Kirklees Libraries since 2005, she started out as a Children’s Librarian and is now a Development Librarian, focussing on Literacy, Early Language Development and Creative Engagement.  She was recently awarded Hearts for the Arts Winner 2019 for Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Officer.


Chair: Jon Davis, Co-Chair CILIP Public & Mobile Libraries Group

Jon came late to library work, having spent over twenty years in the transport industry – indeed he joined the service originally to drive mobile libraries. Fifteen years and several roles later, he is currently the Manager of Dewsbury Library. Jon joined CILIP’s then Branch & Mobile Libraries Group in 2008. He has been called both ‘a bit of an expert’ and ‘a bit of an anorak,’ on the subject of mobile libraries and honestly, either epithet could be appropriate! He has served on the Committee for over 10 years and is the publisher of PMLG’s journal, ACCESS.