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Packed programmes for 'twin' conferences: London event includes chance for delegates to visit iconic library.

Organisers of this year's Internet Librarian International (ILI) conference in London have once come up with a packed programme for the event.

Held at London's Olympia on 15 and 16 October, it is billed as 'Europe's friendliest forum for librarians and info pros to exchange ideas, learn new skills, hear about new tools and tech, make unexpected connections, and explore new and interesting approaches to our jobs' and promises to make a difference to librarians' respective organisations, clients and communities. The majority of the event will be run on the basis of three separate 'tracks' that will ensure plenty of relevant content for delegates throughout the two days: Users and UX; New Visions, New Strategies; and Digital, Diverse, Disrupted.

There will be three keynote speakers:

* Yvonne Campfens: Create, innovate, collaborate: learning from start-ups. Campfens is a consultant in the Netherlands, where she has researched and worked alongside many startups in the scholarly communications ecosystem. From this experience, she will draws examples of how innovation and collaboration can happen across different information sectors, and will encourage delegates to accelerate innovation through collaboration.

* Kajal Odedra: Harnessing the power of community. Odedra is the executive director of Change.org and the author of Do Something. Kajal will talk about engaging hearts and minds and the power of communities to bring about collaborative change.

* Silvia Modig: Libraries in Finland--a good news story. Modig has been a TV and radio host, spent eight years in the Finnish parliament and is now an MEP. She is also a librarian. In this session she describes how much Finland loves its libraries, considers what lessons we can all learn from this approach, and reflects on the ILI experience.

The two-day event provides plenty of informal networking among its participants and sponsors.

ILI's Sponsor Showcase provides further opportunity for attendees to network and review global information products, services and resources available now.

The conference is structured so that breaks, lunches and receptions give sponsors prime time to talk with attendees and establish their information needs. The table-top format for this showcase exhibition offers opportunities for quick demos and informal conversations, and the showcase remains open throughout the event. Delegates are also being offered the chance to enhance their conference experience by going behind the scenes at one of London's iconic libraries on the morning after Internet Librarian International, on 17 October. This year delegates will have the chance to visit The British Library. Places are free of charge but strictly limited, and available on a first-come first-served basis. The visit list will be closed once all available places are booked.

Places are only open to ILI delegates and bookings can only be made as part of the delegate booking process. Delegates will be responsible for their own transport arrangements to the British Library. It is easy to reach in central London, and well served with public transport links.

* www.internet-librarian.com

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