Learning & Development LX


Northern Collaboration Learning Exchange: Staff Learning and Development – Challenges and Opportunities

Monday 24th June, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University 


Staff learning and development is key to a thriving and forward looking library service, but resources and time are in short supply in the current, challenging climate. 

Our Learning Exchange event aims to share good practice and examine how our libraries can ensure learning and development stays on the agenda. We hope the day will encourage sharing of experiences around what works at your institution, what your major issues or problems are, and how we could work together to fill some gaps in knowledge and practice.

The draft agenda for the day can be seen below - and you can book your place here



Session Title

Further Information

9.30 – 10.00

Arrival & Coffee



Welcome, Agenda



Table discussions: What are the main areas of concern in L&D in your libraries today? Opportunities? What would working together look like?

Facilitated by Sarah Hyland from Durham University and Leigh Richardson from Sunderland University, this session will aim to unpick some of the main issues we need to face and solve.


‘Learning Lab’ at Newcastle University

Led by Julie Brett from the Customer Services team at Newcastle, this session will outline how a large team have tried to solve the problems of keeping L&D in everybody’s mind-set.





CS Development framework at Huddersfield University

Led by Lee Felvus, Customer Support Manager. Huddersfield have been working over the last 12 months to pilot a programme with staff to drive accreditation and professionalization.


Staff Development at Durham University Library

Sarah Hyland and Richard Pears will describe their remit L&D programme, with particular regard to how it fits a diverse team and hits strategic needs.





DigiQuest at Edgehill University

Laura Riella will lead us through Edge Hill’s DigiQuest 2.0 online staff development toolkit.


Being Digital @ Sunderland University

Leigh Richardson will explain how their programme is designed to make sure staff have the digital skills to support students.

3.10 – 3.30

Let’s Do Digital – Sheffield University

Alison Morton, part of the ‘Let’s Do Digital’ Team at Sheffield University who have been developing digital capabilities of staff at Sheffield for 3 years.





Striving towards a Coaching Culture at Newcastle – first steps

Newcastle University library have made some initial steps towards embedding a coaching culture and Paula Fitzpatrick will draw some lessons and reflection.


Summary, Close and Next Steps