The 14th Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. Photo by Shawn Miller.
The 14th Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Dr Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress – Wednesday 5 July

Dr Hayden is the first ever African American and first female to be appointed to the role at the Library of Congress, which holds more than 162 million items, including many unique items from America’s history. She is keen to make those resources more easily available and connect with people outside the limits of Washington, bringing benefits to citizens across the US.

A trained librarian, and only the third to head up the Library of Congress in its 216 year history, she has held numerous high profile information roles and recently oversaw a $112 million restoration of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. She also served as President of the American Library Association in 2002-2003.

“This is an amazing opportunity to connect with library professionals around the globe to generate ideas and build relationships,” said Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden.  “When librarians get together something great happens. So I’m looking forward to attending the CILIP Conference in Manchester.”



Professor Luciano Floridi. Photo by Ian Scott.

Professor Luciano Floridi, Oxford Internet Institute – Wednesday 5 July

Professor Luciano Floridi is the Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford and Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. He is Chair of the Turing’s Data Ethics research Group, and Chairman of the Ethics Advisory Board of the European Medical Information Framework and of the Turing’s Working Group on Data Ethics. He is a member of the EU’s Ethics Advisory Group on Ethical Dimensions of Data Protection, of the Royal Society and British Academy Working Group on Data Governance, of Google Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten”.

His areas of expertise include the philosophy of information, computer ethics, information ethics, data ethics and the philosophy of technology. Among his recent books, all published by Oxford University Press: The Fourth Revolution – How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (2014), The Ethics of Information (2013), The Philosophy of Information (2011).



Neil MacInnes, Strategic Lead – Libraries, Galleries and Culture, Manchester City Council – Thursday 6 July

Neil has over 30 years experience in public libraries, joining Manchester in 2005. He has led on the recent £48m transformation of Manchester Central Library as well as an ambitious renewal programme for Manchester Libraries. Neil is the current president of the Society of Chief Librarians.